Last night, after The Man finished his Sunday school lesson (he co-teaches our adult mostly married class), he walked by me laughing and said, “this lesson is all about you.”
Ominous words indeed.
I had a momentary waffling on my attendance at Sunday school this morning. But I am nothing if not one to take on a challenge. Especially one issued by my spousal unit.
So, without previewing my book, I headed to Sunday school. Well saturated with Starbucks fully caffeinated coffee, I might add.
And indeed the lesson DID apply to me this morning. It was on submission and honor.
1 Peter 3
Wives and Husbands
1Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
7Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
I must explain to you that our Sunday school class has been dubbed the This Girl and The Man show. We play off each other, for the benefit of teaching. I’m not the other teacher. The Man’s co-teacher is a long time male friend of ours. His wife is wise enough NOT to attend our class!
But The Man and I realize that God has called us to be examples. Good and bad. We are able to speak some of the truths of our marriage and also know when NOT to share some of the truths of our marriage! I totally relate when Beth Moore says, “Everything I tell you about Keith Moore is the truth. I just don’t tell you everything!” That is the way it is with The Man and I. God has had us endure some pretty horrific years of marriage. The particulars are rarely important. The Deliverance. The Grace. The Mercy is.
You see, today my husband reminded me that I do indeed love him. And that I am committed to our marriage. I honor the covenant we made. The covenant that is between three of us. And without the Third Pary there would BE no marriage.
Andy Stanley is my new bible study hero. ‘Course he’ll never replace Beth Moore in my heart but that’s because he’s a guy. Beth and I aren’t.
But he is really right on. If you haven’t read anything by him, nor done a study of his…I highly encourage you to do so. He speaks to me in a way I can understand. Lots of visual aids (I’m totally visual) and he uses himself and his family as examples.
Oh and one of the questions The Man asked this morning was, “how long have you been married?” The least number was 9. The greatest number was 24 years and 4 months. An answer I had the honor of sharing.