Can I let you in on a very real conversation I had with my husband tonight?
Me: Babe, I have a speaking engagement in September in this certain state.
Cornelius: Is it confirmed?
Me: No, they just requested me.
Cornelius: We will have a newborn and a 2 year old. Heather, I know you want to help people and I get it but we can’t be so focused on going on the road that we aren’t taking care of our home.
*Sorry, I didn’t announce it here, but I am pregnant! 🙂 Due early July 2015*
Me: Wait, what babe? I never leave the home unkept!
Cornelius: I know Heather, but things are changing now. Your family is a priority before your speaking engagements. If you travel on Friday or Saturday, then I would have to study with 2 babies and then get them ready for church. So, if you plan on going or you really feel led to go to a certain one, make sure that my mom or someone is here to keep the babies so we can keep this ship moving.
Me: You’re right. I will adjust and make sure that I’m taking as many and I will be sure to be led by the Lord.
As soon as our conversation finished, this scripture grew in my heart:
You maybe thinking, “HEATHER! That is NOT fair! How is he going to tell you that you cannot take as many speaking engagements? Why can’t you just take one kid with you? Why not this.. why not that? How is he gonna CONTROL you?! Nobody should control you!
Well, to answer that question:
Matthew 11:5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
My husband and I are one flesh. YOU lose the right to be “independent” of him or her when you get married. You have a responsibility to ANSWER to someone else. You left your family, your single life, your ways, your mindset, your decisions and you become ONE flesh with your spouse. And.. if you do run off & ignore what they say..
Mark 3:25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
Amos 3:3 How can two walk together unless they agree?
So if you continue in your separate thinking, your house will be divided and it won’t stand. There will be frustration, confusion and sorrow. WHY bring that independent, rebellious attitude into a marriage? Then, when you have kids.. they will feel the wrath and so will your spouse who feels like a single parent. This is why you make sure you discuss these things before the ring. I knew that my husband was a family man (as I’m family woman) & I knew that the priority was family first, THEN ministry. He didn’t want a wife that was out of the home for 90 hours a week, so I wasn’t surprised. Same goes from me to him. I didn’t want a husband that traveled and was out of the home for 90 hours a week. I didn’t want a man that was NEVER at home. I didn’t want a man that never came home at night.
Even in the above, I was tempted to think the same way as many of you that read that first part until the birth of our son Logan. Then, I realized how much he needs his mama. I realized that God gave me a responsibility to raise and teach Logan and I cannot push that responsibility off on mama in law & them. I’m still breastfeeding Logan at 21 months and when I’m away, I have to pump, prepare and travel with the milk. When I’m not at home, there’s a missing piece in our household. I put down Logan every night for bed and I enjoy these moments that we can never get back. We have a church and a local responsibility so on Sundays, I get our son ready and I’m up with him at night. I want my husband to be prepared and alert to preach on Sunday morning. My family needs me. What good am I if I run all over the world to help everybody else but I’m neglecting to take care of my first responsibility, my FIRST ministry, my HOME?
You’ve made it an idol.
And honestly, this mindset of “waiting” for your man doesn’t hold too well in marriage. Once you DO get married, you will look to your spouse to fill every void, every hobby and make you happy because you set in your mind for YEARS that a relationship will ONLY make you happy. It’s like it was the missing piece to your joy. But GOD is the only missing FOUNDATION and from Him comes all gifts. I ran into this problem when we got married because I made everything about my husband that I didn’t have a LIFE. Those first 6 months were hard because we moved to a new state and we didn’t have friends. But in my “head” I had this fantasy of what I think marriage should be like and I put PRESSURE on my now husband in the beginning because of this lie I made up in my head. Things got much better after I started blogging, doing small groups with women then eventually starting Pinky Promise because life was back dependent on God and not a human. My husband is amazing, but a terrible god.
Don’t train your mindset to think that joy comes from people. It comes from the Lord.
So, what do you do?
1. Go spend time with God. Let Him lead & direct your paths.
2. Find a good church home that teaches the TRUE word of God. Not all that crazy, weird, confusion.
3. Join a local Pinky Promise Group for sisterhood. (Or find something in your area with like-minded Christians
4. Obey God immediately.
5. Renew your mind daily. You can’t live off of last weeks bible study.
|And then there were 4. Coming soon: July 2015|