Good morning, my sisters in Christ Jesus. I'm back! I know that you will be blessed by the Lord's message on today.
(Philippians 2:3-8), Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves; Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equally with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross.
The first I read was titled, "Servantude". I am going to give you a piece of that article that God has given to me. Servantude in a marriage means that the husband and wife intentionally cultivate the spirit that they find greater satisfaction in bringing benefit to their partner than to themselves. There was also a message for parenting and employees on their job. I am going to talk about the marriage part today.
I am expected something really big from God. I have to decided to do whatever it takes to receive God's best for me, my family and my ministry. Well, as I read the section in the magazine on marriage, God told me that he needs for me to plant that scripture in my heart. I never pretend to be all that nor do I say to myself that I have arrived at where God needs for me to be. Anyway, as soon as I read that scripture, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart concerning my husband. He told me that I need to treat my husband better than myself. He also said that I need to get to the point where it will bring me joy to see my husband happy. I have been mistreated so many times when I put my heart on the line in friendships or relationships, therefore, I only allow to give a little bit of me and refuse to let anyone get pass that imaginary wall of mine.
The Holy Spirit pierce my spirit and told me that the blessing I am waiting for lied within the way that I treat my husband. This is my response to God. Lord, you are asking me for something really big. You want me to give my whole heart, which I am not use to doing with anyone. You are asking to trust with all my heart. You are asking me to walk a tightrope that I cannot walk. Lord you can ask of me anything else, but please, not the walls that I have spent many of years building. Lord, what you are asking is so hard, but I will do it. Lord, what if my heart gets stepped on, crushed, and torn? God's answer to me was, "Trust me".
When my husband and I first got married I used to make sure that all of his clothes where folded in certain drawers all the time. Also, I would make his plate and bring it to him. Somewhere along the line, I stopped doing those small things. He never mentioned anything to me, but I would watch as he sifted through his drawers looking for items. While in my praise and worship time with the Lord, I went through my husband's drawers and put everything together, including matching the socks. Yesterday, I did something so nice for him. I could see and feel that my husband was very happy. I smiled all day. I thank the Lord for helping me to understand that I should feel joy, in bringing joy to my husband, and I did. I intentionally put my husband's needs before my own. Never in a million years did I think that I would be blessed with joy in my heart. PRAISE GOD!