Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Letter to My Husband

To the love of my life,
I know I have not always been the affirmer that you need me to be or the support in ways I should be, but that doesn't mean there isn't a day that goes by that I don't love you more than the day before. I don't know why I can't show it the way I want. But God is working on me about that. But the truth is, my love for you has truly grown in leaps and bounds because of who you are and who you've become through your love for Christ. And I know God isn't finished with us yet in our life together as one flesh and followers of Him.
You have grown into the Godly husband that I began to pray for several years ago more than I could imagine. You have a passion for Christ in a way that I never dreamed possible. And because of that, my passion for Him has grown as well. I am the woman I am today because of your willingness to stick it out and stand by me no matter how difficult I am or what the sacrifice.
We may have our ups and downs, and we will always have hurdles and obstacles that want to get in the way of the growth that Christ is accomplishing in our marriage and relationship with Him but I think those things are exactly what are molding us into more of His likeness. I know I have failed you when it comes to the unconditional love that you've needed from me, but yet you still have loved me despite that, and have never given up. And for that, I am forever greatful. It truly humbles me. I know that the Lord has put us together to sharpen and strengthen each other. You were born to be my husband and my children's daddy. God knew what He was doing when He made you. And His plans yet revealed for you are huge! I know it!

I am thankful to have a husband who has sacrificed dreams and desires to work at a place of pure misery, so that I can be home with my children. I am thankful that you see something in me that most of the time I can't see myself. I am thankful that you always have words of wisdom and encouragement to give when I need it. You are an awesome daddy who's children cherish their every moment with you. Your love for us is evident in your words, your actions, and once again, your sacrifice that you give every day in a workplace that makes you miserable. Not every man is willing to succumb to that for his family. But you have been willing and I am so thankful. This is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to the love I have for you. But I hope it will give you a little sunshine today to know that I have your back no matter what, and I hope and pray that God will continue to grow me into the wife that I should be for you.

And my prayer for you today is:
Lord, reveal your love for my husband today and every day in a way that he can grasp how intimately involved You are in his life. You love him so much and I pray that he sees You in every part of his life, even the miserable parts, like at work. We don't know what our future holds, but you do, and it is part of your perfect plan. Remind him that You have not left him nor forsaken him. For you are there with him. May you bring him favor and blessing even at work, give him a heart for the lost around him, give him a larger love for You and others that would ultimately bring his joy back into his heart. Show him his purpose there. And may this Christmas season be the best one yet for Tim and for our family. You are enough, Jesus! You are enough! Thank you for blessing my life with a man after your own heart. He is your son and your friend and he is my best friend. And I look forward to walking the rest of our journey along side each other and with You. I wouldn't have it any other way. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen!


A Warrior's Heart said...

I sure do love you. Thank you so much. Made my day.

One thing though. It is not a sacrifice for me to go to work. It was not a sacrifice to give up certain desires. It is not a sacrifice to give up the lesser thing for the greater thing...and in this case, the far greater thing like you and the girls are to me.

Love you.

Brendan said...

Beautiful Bethany. I don't know if he's told you but Tim and I are spiritual twins! :) We share much in our stories. I think you have given me some words that my wife would feel much agreement with, so not only have you (I feel certain) filled Tim's heart with adoration and joy, but have bought some joy to me as well.

I am blessed to see such love. You are an inspiration, both of you (stop it Tim - you ARE and inspiration).

Shalom to you both

Anonymous said...

oh i meant to say about the woman not speaking in church my previous comment here...

symbolically woman as the receptive mind when in meditation to receive god's message should keep silent so as to properly hear god and not be adding one's own 2 cents where it does not belong distorting what god would say to one... but concerns that do arise during meditiation ...after one comes out of meditation one asks one's conscious mind to put it into prayer to ask god then for the answer thru meditation when one listens for god's answers to one's prayers ....
then to make it all work together for the good ... accept god's call thru your meditation to apply it in service to the glory of god ..not for the glory of self..
thus putting prayer meditation and service to together we have the good kind of pms:)

Anonymous said...

well now
the previous comment from me...
anonymous ...
mentioned that it was in addition to the previous comment of mine
but lo
someway that comment
i musta failed to follow the instructions about gettin it posted
as it is not nary to be seen

Anonymous said...

well well taking the part of
rosanna danna anna from saturday night live....
nevermind or actually the mistake i made that i referred to as possible in the preceding comment
is that i thought i was adding a comment s to the thing before
so now i am gonna take my last posts here [not this one tho} and post in in the one before