The fourth item on my resolution list is:
#4 More Attentive to my Husband.
The Patriarch is undemanding. But I KNOW the cluttered house bugs him, though he doesn’t say a lot about it. I want to get it all ship shape to please him. He’s been pleased with what I have done so far!!
I need to be more deliberate about looking for more ways to be attentive to him.
One thing I have been trying to do is stop reading on my computer and turn to look at him when he is reading something to me from his computer. He thought it was important enough to share with me so I should really listen better! Shame on me for not doing this before.
This was not the resolution I thought I should work on first… apparently the Lord thought otherwise. This past 25 days I have been given the privilege to demonstrate attentiveness and respect to The Patriarch in a way I was not expecting.
You see, The Patriarch has been out of work since the 5th of March.
There are many things I could say about our situation but worried, grumbling and unhappy are NOT three of them! :-D In fact we have been experiencing ‘the peace the passes all understanding’ from the very beginning of this current circumstance. Your prayers for our job need would be appreciated.
On one of our walks the other day, both Arrow & I separately and unprompted, told the Patriarch that we have loved having him at home! I did tell him that having a regular source of income would also be nice, but I will miss him terribly when he has to leave to go to work everyday.
When I made my resolutions list our current jobless situation was no where on the horizon. The Lord has interesting ways of allowing me to demonstrate my resolution resolve!!
Being without a paycheck for the past four weeks also makes me even more thankful we have been preparedness minded!! We have plenty of food, toiletries, education materials, entertainment activities, clothing, etc. and I have only had to go out to purchase perishables like milk and lettuce. We were also able to pay all our bills this month.
We are trusting the Lord to bring about another job or have us start a home business (besides my soap). There are a few job irons in the fire, but I am not at liberty to share any more than that at this time.
Blessings? Why yes we have seen some from this extended time of joblessness.
1. The Patriarch’s blood pressure has been going steadily down! The systolic is down 33 & diastolic is down about 17 from it’s highest reading!! That’s a very good thing! We are working at getting it even lower, but at least it is headed in the right direction!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. We have been able to have daily devotions both morning and evening! Currently we are using two of Kevin Swanson’s books. Proverbs in the morning and Genesis in the evenings.
In our Genesis reading for tonight was chapter 20 where Abraham’s wife if taken by Abimelech king of Gerar. One question at the end was specifically for me, but I suspect that I may not be the only one who is in need of trusting…
Section end on how this passage teaches us to walk with god in faith and obedience: “God doesn’t instruct wives to submit to their husbands out of blind trust in their husband’s impeccable wisdom. Not at all! They should submit to their husbands because they trust in a GOD of infinite wisdom.” – page 98
Family discussion questions: How can a wife submit to her husband even when it seems like her husband is making some unwise choices? Is there any point at which she should not obey her husband?
My answer: I can readily submit to you, cheerfully so, because I know that God will use all the circumstances in our lives for our good. God can always be trusted, even when the situation may look grim. I know you did not mean this for our hurt (unlike Joseph’s brothers) but God means this for our good. the only point where I should not obey you is where you ask me to violate scripture.
3. We are quite well rested! We have been going to bed early and rising after a full night’s, restful sleep! Since sleep is the number one thing you can do to begin healing your adrenals, I think we are on our way! We have eliminated the major stresses, are getting proper sleep, reduced the caffeine to only tea and only in the mornings, have been limiting computer time (we don’t have television), and are getting regular exercise in our walks. I have also reduced everyone’s sugar intake by using half stevia when and where I can along with de-cluttering the house (a stress factor).
4. Gives me a chance to work with our preparedness supplies. Actually cooking with our stored foods on a more regular basis. As well as giving me the opportunity to be creative with what we have and make do with what’s already there. One thing I already knew – we need to organize our supplies!!
Off to bed for us…
Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)
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