still Celebrates Godliness
specific, recent example when your spouse demonstrated Christian character in a
noticeable way. Verbally commend them for this at some point today.”
I honestly thought I was going to do have a
tough time coming up with an example again just as I did in round 1, but after
praying about it, it came pretty quickly—when my husband recently took care of
me while I was sick. Now how was I going to verbally commend him for this at
some point today especially at the rate the no contact was going? Well, with
God anything is possible!
This morning, on my way to an event I had to
attend for a few hours for work, I had a missed call and a few texts from my
husband. To say the least, I was surprised by them due to the little to no
contact this past week—“How is your morning going? Do you have plans after
work? Would you like to go and do something? I promise I won’t cancel on you
anymore. I am sorry I did that to you. I am ready to be your husband again.
That is if you still want to be my wife.” I prayed about my response…it is
probably quite obvious what it would be—“You know I still want to be your wife.
If you are ready, I am still here. I am free after work for a couple hours
before a dinner I have committed to.”
Needless to say, he came over for a couple hours
after I got off work. We spent some time together talking. He apologized again
for canceling on me and reassured me he is in it for good this time. I noticed
rather quickly that he had his wedding ring on. I was overjoyed. He has not
worn it since December. I asked how he was doing emotionally. He responded with
110% better even from the last time I saw him. He claims it is his bike riding
that made him feel better. I was thinking, yes, exercise helps, but I claim a
much bigger and better Healer. Within the conversation, I saw the opportunity
to complete the dare, so I verbally commended him for taking care of me when I
was sick—that I was really appreciative of it.
On the counter were still my laminate samples
and the list of building materials from when I had planned on going to Lowes
yesterday, but felt God telling me not to. I was able to show my husband both
things and ask if he liked them in which he did. It felt good to get his
opinion especially after not having it with all the work that has recently been
done on the house. That confirms the dare was completed as Christ wanted me to
yesterday. In the moment, I had not understood, but in time He always reveals…Lastly,
before my husband left this evening, the carpet guy came by to do measurements.
I was thankful for how that worked out— I had scheduled it yesterday not having
a clue that my husband would be here for it. This will be my third bid, but
first one that my husband will be a part of. I continue to pray for guidance
with this decision since it is the biggest one financially to do with the
remodel and what God laid on my heart last round.
This time felt different with my husband. I feel
even more at peace than I did the last time. I truly believe we are now on the
straightaway on the road of healing.
In the midst of writing my journal entry, I have
the Kendricks’ (authors of Love Dare) movie—Facing the Giants on in the background.
The following seized my attention—“We serve a God that opens doors that no one
can shut and closes doors no one can open. He knows our deeds. He has placed
before you an open door that no one can shut. He knows you have little
strength, yet you have kept my Word and have not denied my name.”
The Lord is NOT through with me yet. I am still
to bloom where I am planted! Let the dares continue…
The journey is not done until Christ is done. And by that time we will be with Him in Glory!