A new challenge has presented itself. One entirely different from the last. Not about food, weight or exercise...or is it?
The food would be His Word.
The weight would be the responsibility.
The exercise would be discipline...of the mind and the tongue.
While meandering through Pinterest last week I ran across a pin with a sweet looking picture of what appears to be a bride and groom sitting in the back of a truck bed at sunset. The comment under it simply said "30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge". Intrigued, I followed the links.
What I found was something scriptural, focused genuinely on building up the man, daily entries were short and to the point, convicting without being condemning and gave a daily challenge that was entirely doable but also stretching. My first reaction was to simply pin it to my "for our marriage" board and check it out later. The Lord seemed to have other plans. It didn't just sit quietly at the back of my brain. It jumped full force to the front of my brain with full out jazz hands that could not be ignored. A list of wives slowly came to mind....some who would simply enjoy the beauty that it existed and others who would love the guide and encouragement to the season in life they are in. Share it. So I did.
My expectation was at zero. I thought I'd share it and if I got any response back it would be a "Thanks, that's neat!" and nothing else. What I got.....was much more. Inbox messages of thanks and confession of struggling in the area. Requests to do this as a group and support each other. Surprise was about all I could muster at first.....then I had to chuckle at the Lord a bit. He knows my passions, He knows my buttons and where to get me. This would be it. Being a godly wife by the Book is one of my greatest passions, held second only to my passion at being as consistently Christ-like as I can be - which I am significantly less successful at. But the two connect and stretch each other....and encouraging another wife in this area is exciting. Four, is even more!
Yesterday was our first official start date. On day One the two challenges are set up:
- You can't say anything negative about your husband...to your husband...or to anyone else about your husband.
- Say something that you admire or appreciate about your husband...to your husband and to someone else about your husband.
What came to my mind was "hold your mind captive to the obedience of Christ" the verse in 2 Corinthians 10. So When I went to look it up I found that all of Chapter 10 was just pure goodness on this subject. Not specifically for wives but on the discipline of the mind and how that is so important. A mind run loose is a dangerous thing and it can trample anyone, yourself included.
Sound interesting? Want to join in?
Blessings for a disciplined mind and tongue and encouragement that flows easily from and to you.