If you are new to the magazine, Making the Most of Monday is a regular part of our features. Mondays signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.
Hopefully by Monday you've taken some off time during the weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.
Well hello lovelies, how are you on this fine Monday? You remember I love Monday's right?
I'm thrilled to be back with Making the most of Monday today. It is often very hard for me to only talk about materialistic things here at VI, so I'd like to get a little personal with you every once in awhile. Is that alright?
My husband and I attended a conference this weekend. No kids, just us. Three days of getting into God's word together and learning about love, respect, honor and meeting each others needs. Although at times, certain parts of it were hard to swallow, we all want everything sugary sweet right? The most important part I took from the conference was living our marriage according to God's Will and not ours.
I needed that nudge, that subtle reminder that everything in life can be found in the Bible. He's created a road map for marriage if we just seek it. I was so inspired by the weekend that I plan to do a personal Bible study myself to refresh my spirit on what the Bible says exactly about my role as a wife and my role in our marriage.
I'm pleased to say my husband and I are happily married. We're going on eight years this year and every year that goes by it gets a little easier. We start getting more and more comfortable communicating what we want/need from each other and often times we sail through weeks with no disagreements. Let's get real though, we're not perfect. We're not Adam and Eve before the fall. We're descendants of Adam and Eve and therefore not perfect. We were created in His image, but we didn't stay that way. Our job is to realize this and build and grow a strong relationship with our spouse once we've figured that part out.
I encourage you to think about a couple of words I mentioned earlier. Love, Respect, Honor. What do they mean to you in your marriage? Are you meeting your spouses needs? Are you living your marriage according to God's plan or someone else's ideas of what that should be.
Ladies if I may pick on you for a moment. We need to take a hard look at how we show respect for our husbands in front of others. Have we talked bad about him behind his back? Are we showing honor to him when he's not around. Do your friends dislike your husband because you've made him out to be something he's not. Whatever the case may be, we need to take back respect for the husband/father role in family. Hollywood has done its best to cast a poor light on the dad as being the dummy and I'm frankly sick of it.
Take a stand for your man. Start giving him the respect he desires and watch him melt your need for love.
Here are a few scriptures to get you started.
Matthew 19:6 NIV
6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Ephesians 4:29 NIV
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Hebrews 3:13 NIV
13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.