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Whether you are single or married, I am so glad that you've popped in today as we continue our summer series that is bound to be tons of fun.
- Motherhood Monday
- Wife Wednesday
- Theology Thursday
- Freedom Friday (For single women!)
Hope you'll plan on joining us as much as possible and chiming in with a comment whenever you can.
Today is our first official installment of "Wife Wednesday" and I just can't escape the fact that I feel the need to start with a disclaimer: I'm not a marriage expert. (I'm sure that Jerry would gladly echo that.) It seems that each year of marriage only serves to teach you new things that you'd never even considered the year before.
Jerry and I will only reach our 13 year milestone next month so we're just "teenagers". Let's be honest, what "know-it-all" teenager do you know who couldn't use some wise counsel and more maturity before daring to offer advice and counsel to others?
So, while I might be able to share some tid-bits of wisdom here and there during our summer series, I'm hoping to enlist the help of those further along in the game of love than myself :)
One thing I know for sure, however, is that it's easy to take for granted the privilege of being a wife. All of us, no matter our season or station in life, can often take for granted the very blessings that God has gifted to us . . . marriage is no different. I often hear so many women complaining about their role as a wife. Do you? Caught up in the rhythms of regular every day living, we can very easily lose sight of the beauty of the life that is ours.
Sure, there are challenges.
Sure, keeping a good relationship requires effort and diligence.
But, there is still so much to be grateful for. So many things that many single women would love to experience.
So, I thought that a great way to kick off our series would be to remind you of things that make the married life worth living. My hope is to stir your "gratefulness" juices and remind you of the very things you most looked forward to before you ever walked down the aisle.
So. . . take a moment to listen to what some single gals are saying. Sure, these are "ideals" but each one will inevitably remind you of some truths in your own relationship. I should also mention that several of them are from women who WERE married but aren't anymore and miss these specific things about their former lives as wives.
- Wives have someone to go home to. They have a "person".
- Wives can be vulnerable and "real" with their spouse and have confidence that the relationship will remain intact
- Wives know that they've been chosen above every other woman in the world by their man.
- Wives can have a greater level of financial security because they share life with a partner.
- Wives can satisfy their physical desires as often as they'd like to with their spouse.
- Wives have someone else to help make the big life decisions with.
- Wives have someone to "debrief" with at the end of the day. They have a companion.
- Wives have someone with a strong chest that they can lean on for comfort.
- Wives can delegate some of the household responsibilities they don't enjoy, or that are difficult for them to do, to their man.
- In addition to fulfilling their own calling, wives get to help a man stand before God one day and hear "well done" because he fulfilled his destiny on earth.
- Wives no longer have to play the dating game. They can relax in their relationship.
- Wives who love sports can watch it on tv without her friend trying to turn to a "girlie" show.
- Wives have someone to appreciate their bodies when they've been working out and eating right.
- Wives have a private world with their husband where the private jokes they share are the funniest things ever.
- Wives have someone to have children and create a legacy with.
- Wives don't have to go home after a fun evening. . .they are home!
- Wives are able to illustrate to the world the relationship between Christ and the Church
(Single women, I'm counting on you to comment and add more to this list today :)
These quotes have got me wondering: Which ones have I taken for granted in marriage? What about you?
What are you are grateful for about married life? Wade through all of the concerns that might normally squeeze out thankfulness. Make this blog a starting place for a "list of gratitude" about the life God has given you as a wife.
Have a great "Wife Wednesday"!