Collaborate without boundaries

R3D11 Love cherishes

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Tonight we had a potluck at the office from 4 to 6 pm.  Our spouses were invited to join.  In the past, knowing that my husband wouldn't get home from work in time to get cleaned up and back out to my office, I might have just told him that I would be eating at the office, and I would have thrown something together for him at the house or brought him something home, and never even told him that he was invited.  This morning, I decided that since love cherishes, I would invite him and give him the option to make the decision himself.  I told him that he was invited to eat with us, or I could bring him a plate, or I could throw something together at the house.  He said that I could bring him a plate.  So before I left, I put a plate together for him and brought it home.  Later in the evening, DH mentioned that he never put his work clothes in the dryer.  I answered that I had done it for him.  He immediately said thank-you, to which I replied you're welcome.  I didn't expect a thank-you.  I didn't put the clothes in the dryer in order to be thanked, I put them in the dryer because I saw that it needed to be done and because I love him.  But I won't lie - it was nice to hear thank-you, and I am thankful to God for the moment.

I saw my counselor today.  I told her that I feel like I am in a constant state of confusion because DH's behavior doesn't seem to match him wanting a divorce.  She suggested that perhaps this is exactly where God wants me, in a place that requires me to give it completely to him and trusting him because I cannot trust my own eyes or ears.  I was reminded of Proverbs 3:5.  I like the way the Good News Translation says it - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know."  God asks us to walk by faith and not by sight.  I am so tempted to place my faith in myself - my own sight, my own perceptions, my own understanding.  In doing so, I replace God with myself, and become an idolator.  She also suggested that God is answering my prayers and that she wanted me to spend some time considering that.  I will do so.
  • You're considering him more and more.  

    Let go of the confusion of what  he says and what he does.  He doesn't know what he wants from moment to moment I bet.

    Replace the thoughts of confusion with the thoughts of trusting God completely with your future.

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