Husbands & Wives.

I took a rest day from working out on Sunday.  I wanted to soak up all my time with Jarid because I knew we’d be parting ways for about an hour and a half come 9am.  The guys would be going with Brian and the girls would be going with Jen.  From what I understand, the guys talked mostly about the way they’re supposed to love their wives… just as Christ loved the church.  The women talked mostly about ALWAYS respecting their husbands.  Not necessarily respecting sinful actions, but respecting them and honoring them.

Here were a few Bible verses that really stuck out to me and were the basis of our messages:

 Ephesians 5:25-29

“Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.

 No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband.”

 1 Peter 3:1-6

“The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs. There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated by your life of holy beauty. What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition.

 Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands.”

Everyone tells us, “oh, just wait until you’re not in the honeymoon phase of your marriage”… We say, why can’t the “honeymoon phase” last forever?  It only ends when you allow it to.  As long as we continue to treasure one another the way the Bible tells us to, I really believe that we can keep the fire in our marriage alive.  It doesn’t ever HAVE to die… in fact, I don’t imagine that God intends it to.  He made us for each other… He wants us to enjoy one another!  Sure, I know things in life will get hard sometimes, but that’s inevitable.  It doesn’t mean that your marriage has to go downhill.

Anyway, I insisted that on our morning break, that Jarid get a chocolate milkshake.  He’d been curious about them ever since Brian mentioned them on the first night of the conference!

shake

He said it was absolutely delicious and that it lived up to his expectations.  Seeing him happy is what makes me most happy 🙂

I also learned, during the morning session, that Jen and a friend of hers have their very own blog dedicated to faith, family & food!  A girl after my own heart 😉  She even wrote an entry especially for us Hershey girls.  You should go show her blog some love.  She’s got some neat recipes and tons of great ways to connect with your family around the dinner table.

After the conference, we went straight to lunch at Wegman’s!  Our favorite Sunday lunch spot.

weggies

In my $10 box I got: balsamic roasted mushrooms, vegetarian meatballs, chicken & broccoli, some spicy green beans, roasted butternut squash, mandarin & beet salad, and some red peppers.  It was dreamy.

When we got home, unpacking, laundry, and relaxation ensued.  We kind of bummed around the rest of the night until it was time for dinner.  Then I tried out a new-to-me recipe for healthy chicken & waffles…  it was a total fail.  Jarid didn’t mind it, and he actually ate the leftovers for breakfast the next morning… but I probably won’t post the recipe unless you’d like to see what NOT to make.  😉

Oh yeah… and one last EXCITING thing…

sleepts

We made a big purchase after lunch on Sunday!  Think comfy, cozy, gel & foam.

I’ll be explaining exactly what we picked, why we picked it, and when it’s coming in a near future post!

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2 thoughts on “Husbands & Wives.

  1. You are right….honeymoon phase doesn’t have to exist for everyone…
    A marriage can be equally challenging and thrilling from start to finish……there is never a time when one can stop learning and growing in love after all, right?

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