Been thinking a lot about my hubby this week- things at work have been a little crazy and I have been praying for Him more- as I try to do when things are more stressful at His job.
We studied Ephesians 5 today in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and I knew that today was going to be a day when I posted about Phil.
So I decided to list just a few of the many reasons why I love him and am thankful He is my man.
My husband faithfully serves without seeking recognition. He loves running errands for me, helping with the kids, taking over the cooking of a meal so that I can put my feet up for a bit. He notices when I am tired or have had a rough day- and will immediately jump into action. I frequently hear, “what can I do?”
He also loves to serve others. He is always volunteering to help friends or coworkers move, he looks for opportunities to use the gifts God has given him to serve the body of Christ and our neighbors.
Phil is a great Dad. He loves spending time with the kids and makes a conscious effort to spend time with them when he gets home from work. He puts our daughter to bed every night, brushing teeth, reading stories, and praying with her.
He is very good at complimenting. Not just my appearance, though I appreciate that of course- but also he sees me and acknowledges the gifts God has given me and thanks me for my hard work at home keeping the house clean and taking care of our children. I feel appreciated and treasured.
He makes me laugh. He is a very clever person. Sometimes I don’t get the joke at first- and then I laugh even harder (or I ask him what he meant and then I laugh). I tend to take myself too seriously sometimes, so I am grateful for how he injects laughter and release of tension into our life.
Most of all, He loves and serves God. He is obedient to the Lord, and guides and leads our family in wisdom and humility.
Phil is a great listener. If he doesn’t feel like he has something that needs to be said, he will just be silent. I admire that- since sometimes I talk on and on- more b/c I am anxious or uncomfortable with a situation than I have anything meaningful to say. He chooses his words carefully. He also is not uncomfortable with silence in conversation (I need to work on that too).
Phil is not eager to be right in arguments- one of my greatest faults. I have a hard time admitting when I am wrong and will hold on to a grudge sometimes for a few hours or even half a day- but Phil seeks reconciliation and will immediately apologize if he believes he has done something wrong. I admire this about him and the Lord uses him to convict me of sins of pride and selfishness in my own life.
Phil knows me- better than any other person- and he still loves me. I feel safe and secure in his love. He doesn’t bring up past arguments or mistakes and use those against me. Even when we argue and disagree, I never doubt his love or his commitment to our marriage.
We talked briefly about our husbands at BSF- and it brought tears to my eyes- thinking about how thankful I am for Phillip. God truly blessed me the day he walked into my life.
It was also a reminder to me to make sure to tell him how much he means to me- to never let a single day go by when I don’t thank him for all the ways he loves and serves God, his family, his employer, and the church.
Ephesians 5:21-33 The Christian Household
21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.