I never spoke a word of any of this to David. Never allowed a sigh to escape or an attitude to slip. I prayed for strength, for wisdom and discernment. I got up. I got dressed. I donned my covering. I sat at my husband's side and humbly thanked God for the lessons and blessings He keeps pouring forth over me as I continue to learn what submission to my man and to my Maker looks like.
I have spent the last few months being shown, graciously but bitterly, how horridly I have always fought against the lordship of my husband and the kingship of my God. And even as I have cried out, "Lord, have mercy on your daughter!" He has proven Faithful and True and Loving and Kind. I am in awe. I am so unworthy.
I am just beginning to see what submission looks like. Here are some glimpses I have been granted:
- Keeping silent when my husband complains about something.
- Removing his complaint by addressing his need.
- Refusing to point out I have done just that.
- Allowing him to decide, even if I don't like the decision.
- Keeping silent when he corrects or disciplines the children.
- When he isn't present, speaking as his representative to the children in moments of correction and discipline.
- Refusing to speak ill of him. Ever.
- Seeing what matters to him and making sure it gets done (a nice dinner, a clean house, a well-groomed wife, etc.)
- Never, ever raising my voice at him.
- Allowing God to direct him in the ways of our family, instead of suggesting we should do things my way (i.e. which church we should attend, how educating our children should look, what we should do on the weekend, etc.)
- Noticing what troubles him and making darn well sure it ain't me.
- Noticing what troubles him and doing something to help solve the problem (i.e. finances, work around the house, relationships with others, etc.)
- Loving him and serving him, even when I don't feel like it and doing my darnedest not to let him know I don't feel like it.
Ladies. If you don't know me, you don't understand the miracle of this list. If you do know me - you BETTER see it. You better know, and I mean KNOW - deep in your gut - how uncharacteristic of me any. single. one. of those actions is. The Lord is changing me. The Lord is reshaping me. The Lord is breaking me.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13.
I suppose this is what I am ultimately coming to. That I would lay down my life, my pride, my desires, my way, my control, my opinion, my independence, my selfishness, my power, my all for not just "a friend." My best friend. My husband.
There are blessings. There are unimaginable outpourings of God's grace and God's spirit and God's power to those who will humbly submit themselves to Him. Perhaps sometime I will write about a few God has given to me. But I think these are so specific, so tailor-made just for me, that perhaps you would fail to see them for the miraculous gifts they are. So don't wait for my version. Go experience it for yourself.
I remain (faithfully continuing to wear the hats) -
Wife of David, Child of God