I’m beginning to see glimpses of a more healthy marriage… and I am expectant on many levels.
- Wayne is more willing to step forward because I’ve been more willing to step back.
- I don’t have to bite my tongue or look the other way as much these days.
- Letting him handle more duties in the family is starting to feel more natural.
- I’m not as much of a control-freak as before this journey.
- God is showing me His heart for Wayne.
Are you seeing the same in your home?
At this point, we should be noticing some changes in both roles – husband and wife. There should be some new patterns developing.
If this hasn’t been your experience, ask God to reveal why not. Since He authored marriage, He’ll gladly show you.
Maybe you are late to the party and need to catch up on our quest to become surrendered wives. If so, here’s a quick list for you.
Over the past few weeks…
We’ve looked at why we need to surrender.
We have discussed how important it is to respect our husbands.
We’ve talked about the negative effect of our controlling nature.
We have determined that surrendering is a heart issue.
We’ve heard from a man’s perspective.
We have recognized the vital role our girlfriends play in keeping our sanity.
I wonder what’s been the most challenging area for you to surrender. I’m curious to know where you’ve run into the most difficulty in changing behaviors or thoughts. Have there been revelations through this process that have caught you off guard?
You know what’s been the hardest part for me?
I’ve been a little surprised by what God has exposed in me through this surrendering process. Did I really think this was going to be… easy? Painless? Quick?
Yes… and sometimes being an optimist is irritating.
To be honest, had I known just how intense this journey was going to be, I might not have chosen it.
If I’d realized beforehand how much this would require of me, I would have thought twice about it.
God totally knew that.
I truly believe that His plan – from the beginning – was for me to face some of my own… stuff.
It’s been a divine “set up.”
But knowing His plans are always to prosper me… to free me… to heal me… to restore me… I trust I’m in good hands.
God’s revealed some issues that need attention.
He has shown me areas of unforgiveness.
He’s opened my eyes to some relational dysfunction.
He has uncovered some old wounds that need healing.
Because God wants me to be wholehearted.
He wants me to be… genuine… unreserved… and complete.
- In my life
- In my marriage
- In my parenting
- In my friendships
- In my ministry
He wants the same for you, too.
God loves you too much to leave you where you are, because He created you for more life than you’re living right now.
So when we open ourselves up to the idea of being transformed – like we’re doing in this journey to surrender to our husbands – He takes that as a go-ahead to renew us.
He uses the opportunity to make us whole.
Fellow travelers… the process of aligning my role as wife with His design for my marriage is so much more involved than I ever imagined it to be. It’s been a…
But… all those great things require a lot of hard work, humility, forgiveness and introspection.
Are you finding your walk to be the same?
When I’ve been discouraged in the process, the Old Testament book of Habakkuk has brought me comfort… because this prophet wasn’t afraid to ask God the hard questions.
And when he did ask God how and why and when… God answered him.
He boldly and confidently took his complaints, frustrations, confusion, and thoughts directly to God.
His experiences remind me to do the same… and to then expect answers.
As God’s been gently revealing stumbling blocks in my ability to surrender, I’ve asked Him tough questions in response.
- God, where were you in that situation?
- Why did you allow those hardships?
- Why was it okay then but not now?
- How was that part of your plan?
- Where do I go from here?
I’ve asked in anger… in tears… in humility… in thanksgiving.
And God has answered me.
We’ve been working it out.
I’ve been given precious insight, helping me understanding my need to control.
God’s been healing those places that have kept me from fully trusting others.
He’s gloriously restoring my joy.
I’m becoming wholehearted.
And slowly but surely… I am growing into the Godly wife He designed me to be.
But the most important thing I’ve learned through this journey has been a deeply profound truth:
An essential part of being able to surrender to your husband… is to first surrender to God… and allowing Him restore you to who you were created to be.
So sisters… what is God revealing to YOU about YOU?
REALITY CHECK: When you open yourself up to be transformed, expect God to be the first in line.