SInce round 1 I have come to try to do honorable things for my husband everyday. Last night we finfished the Christmas tree & he always does the lights... so I helped him with them- made sure they weren't tangled & helping him in tight spots, etc. Also, after the kids went to sleep my husband asked me if I wanted to watch the movie he put in with him... I was doing the dishes so I told him I'd be there as soon as I finished. I was there before the previews were over :) The movie was horrible & cheesey, but i stayed. He made it about halfway through and then got up to get his laptop. It crossed my mind that he was just asking me to watch it to be nice, but I figured, he has come a long way since even a week ago!
I realized this morning how these little changes in him are gifts from God to me. Instead of taking them for granted and wondering when more will happen, I just need to appreciate the little I am given at a time. I guess all this time I figured one day something big would happen or click in his mind and he'd come runnning back. I see the babysteps now & I am going to appreciate them. I don't know where they'll lead, but being lucky enough to show my love to my husband daily is a gift & I will not take this one for granted as I have so many other things in the past.
This Christmas time I am trying to spend more time with my kids baking cookies, decorating, making crafts etc. And while we do so, I try to explain to them that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birth. I try to talk to them about the less fortunate children out there and this weekend we will be donating some toys- with the boys participation this time. I want them to know how good it feels to give, even when you don't want to. They might be young tooo understand right now, but it's something that I would like them to understand in the future and it's something I want to begin teaching them now. We read a great book yesterday "Mr. Rabbit's WIsh". I teared up in the middle of the story. It was about an old rabbit who made the same selfless wish every year: peace on earth. My oldest son (5) acctually understood a lot about it.. so I know now's the time to start these traditions of giving.
Whats more, for the first time this Christmas season when someone asks me what do I want and I say nothing, I acctually mean it. There is nothing more to want when I have the Lord God watching over me.
Since you know this is the celebration of Christ. When someone asks you what you want... Tell them something that will be a testimony to them, and for Gods glory...
To buy a Bible for someone else
To purchase a water filter for the poor www.sawyerpointonefilters.com
Something that is giving for his glory!