Today is Day Twenty-seven of “The Respect Dare” and we are going to discuss supporting our husbands during trials and storms in life.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” ~ Galatians 6:2 NIV
Supporting and encouraging our husbands when they are burdened can be quite challenging. It is hard for me to set aside my own struggles in order to stand strong for my husband. Selfish wretch that I am.
When Jason was laid off over 3 years ago, it was a gift from God. He hadn’t gotten a cost of living increase in pay in the 5 previous years, much less a raise. He hated that job. I hated that job. But, when he called me to tell me he was on his way home and had been let go, it was hard to swallow. I told him that I loved him and trusted God. Then, after I hung up I called a cherished praying friend and wept over the phone with her while she prayed and covered me with God’s Word.
He was out of work for five months. We prayed. We began to pack the house and prepare it for sale. He got a job that is amazing, but it paid way less than what he’d previously made and it required us to move. He stayed with friends 90 miles away during the week so that he could work and then come home on weekends. We would talk every night. I would send him back to work the following week with a card hidden in his laptop bag to remind him of my love and trust in our God. Three months later our dream house sold and I moved in with my parents with our 4 younger children, a dog, and everything in boxes while we continued looking for a home close to our church and his job. We lived with my parents for four months before finally getting into our little farm house.
I know there were many times that he struggled with being away from his family. He also struggled with feeling adequate in this new job he had taken on. I have always tried to encourage him and remind him that God brought us through all of those things and He has never failed us before.
Ladies, I could have easily sunk into the mire of my own despair and doubt. There were times that I wrestled with my own insecurities. But, the Lord was amazing and there were only a couple of rare times where we were both “down” at the same time.
I know that my husband has no doubt that I desire to stand by him always. I will do whatever it takes to become the person he trusts the most and considers his best friend and most valuable confidante. I know that he trusts me with his prayer requests and I take praying for him seriously.
How about you? Are there struggles that you’ve faced together? How did you support your man through them? Or, what did you learn and how are you going to do things differently next time?
Heavenly Father, Your love amazes me more and more each day. I look at all that you’ve done for my marriage and know that I am blessed beyond measure.
Help me to take more opportunities to pray for my husband and encourage him when I see that he is struggling. Let me always be worthy of his deepest confidences. I pray that he would know how proud I am of him and how much I appreciate him.
Thank you for letting me serve like this.
In Jesus’ Name… Amen!
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Godspeed… ~ Tiffani