I’ve never been a big celebrator of the New Year. Not in the traditional sense anyway. The party before midnight was never one that held my attention. Forcing myself to stay alert, pleasantly socializing without yawning and trying my best not to turn into “Grumpy” was typically my main party focus. Yet, without delay, by ten o’clock p.m., I would begin to hear the words of the illusionists whispering in my ear, “You’re getting sleeeeeepy”. All- nighters have never been my strong suite. But no matter how the year ends, the very next morning is the beginning of anew. Resolution resolve…..
When I originally began “TimeOut” I can honestly say my focus was not centered on how I could be of help. Every month I would attend the gatherings with my two closest friends, hoping that by some stretch of the imagination, me getting time away would invigorate me to become more of what God was looking for in a woman, a helper, a wife. I was sure having time away from the mundane would help me keep myself on track, regroup when necessary, and regain focus if needed. We have all heard it said time and time again, that every couple needs time apart, right? Believing that taking a life pause is a welcomed additive to any routine, a short breather is just what every couple needs in order for there to be a healthy balance. This concept is true in theory. But, what I soon discovered was; getting time away is nice. But, by no means does getting away to relax on the beach help me to become a better swimmer. To become a better swimmer, I need to use my time at the beach, building the skills it would take to enhance my swimming.
Just the same, if I am to become a true woman after God’s own heart, a committed companion to my king who pursued me, a sweet help to the man who holds the responsibility to lead, a wife who “does her husband good and not evil all the days of her life” < Proverbs 31:12>, I will need to use my time away from my husband as a refresher in building the skills that will enhance my marriage.
Thought to Ponder
As we begin this year with intentional time away, let us firmly embrace the resolution to discover and live out God’s plan for us as Wife.
Next Wives Gathering – January 29, 2016. See you there!! ~ CharMaine