Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Text Messages from Above

When I first imagined what my blog might be, I thought I would be one of those funny, witty but insightful writers who gives lots of great anecdotes about the sometimes insane day to day life of mothering 5 kids between the ages of 1 and 8 (at the time of this writing). I didn't know that when I did start writing that my thoughts and my words would be turned to God.

It happened again. He truly knows my struggles right now. He gave me this:

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
- Ephesians 5:22-33, KJV

I have heard some of this one before. I always revolt at the word "submit" and turn off my listening ears. So I had to chew on this a while, all day really. Until I went for a run after the kids went to bed and I opened up a conversation. I think I understand now, the answer He was giving me. And it wasn't "Just do whatever your husband says or wants." Whew.

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