Monday, December 7, 2009

To: My dear daughter, Happy Birthday. From: God

My birthday happened to fall on the same week as the Moms In Touch conference. I already received an early present from God that day in the form of an immediate answer to prayer regarding my son (see one post ago).

I did not know He wasn't done yet. Among the gifts I received were:

1. From a dear sister in Christ: The One Year Chronological Bible NLT so I can participate in Wendy Pope's bible study next year and from my sister, a very cute bible cover to go with it.

2. From my women's group: Gift cards to and a department store.


Yes, dear friends, THAT husband. The one whose salvation I have been praying for eversince I became a Christian five years ago. The one who was the reason for starting this blog in the first place. The one who's responsible for most of the tears I have cried in my lifetime. God must have seen the number of vials lining up in His throne room and decided it was time.

The sheaves are in!

I thought it was going to be like any other birthday. To my surprise DH decided to cancel his meetings, took the day off and we spent the day together. It was a perfect day - I went nowhere near our stove! We went out for breakfast, lunch and we had dinner at my Dad's. As my present, he agreed to attend the mid-week church service with me, albeit reluctantly.

I've got to give props to God because, my, I have never seen my pastor preach like that before. He was ON FIRE! Everything flowed. He talked about choices - stand with the world, or stand for Christ. At the end of the service, my pastor did an altar call. Head bowed, eyes closed, raise your hand if you accept Jesus as your Savior. I thought I detected movement but I wasn't sure. I could not even ask him after the service in case he said no. All I remember is that during the entire service I was holding on to Jesus' robe, praying, not letting go, pleading and begging, "PleaseGodpleaseGodpleaseGodpleaseGodpleaseGod. Soften his heart. PleaseGodpleaseGodpleaseGod."

Ten days later, I found out God answered. I finally had the nerve to ask DH if he raised his hand. He said yes. Wow! It was a tender moment. Having been married to me for 23 years, he asked that I please let him walk with Jesus in his own way and his own terms. Why, of course, honey.

But my usual impatient self was in high gear. Why aren't things changing? Why the silent treatment two days ago? Should I give him a bible? Enroll him in a home fellowship? What devotions can we do? Most of all, when can he take over as the spiritual leader of our home? I was eager to "help" him. Tell me what to do, Lord?

My answer came the next day during the Sunday service. I don't remember the context but my pastor mentioned a quote from Ruth Graham: "It is my job to love Billy. It is God's job to make him good."

Ah. Amen.

Best birthday ever. Thank you, Jesus!


tiggerdaisy said...

Oh my word! What a wonderful birthday for you!!!! Whoo-Hoo!!!!

Prayers and blessings as you walk down this new path!


Aine Willis said...

Oh I am sooooo happy for you and your husband!! I was crying as I read your post! What a blessed day!! Wow! Amen ... God bless you and your newly saved guy! There are angels in heaven singing praises!

deb said...

I am hugging you , as I know how much this means to you.
And of course, as you said, there will still be stumbling about and questions along the way. Life stretches us always. But it brings so much .
I believe Ruth is right.
What we mull over in our minds, and hearts is known.
I am a do it my quiet slow way type, but I'm always trying to take steps forward.

Joyful said...

Rejoicing and praising with you. Love how the Lord spoke so clearly to your heart as well.

Thank you for the continual blessing you are to me. Your love and prayers are such an encouragement.

Have a blessed day,

Deborah Ann said...

Aw, glad to hear your birthday was so great! Yes, our job is to love. Somehow that sounds easier than it really is, lol...

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a great post...

Deborah Ann said...

Ah, girl, I have goosebumps! I have the same story as you. My hubby got saved 7 years after the day! It was on Good Friday.

May I offer a little more of my story? It may bless you someday. I was jumping up and down too. But I ended up disappointed because he never became the spiritual 'leader' of this household. Not yet, anyway. The more I pushed and prodded, the more he would drag his feet. A dear friend who is also a pastor explained something to me. He said "The Hebrew meaning for 'head of the household' does not mean boss. He is the supplier, the supporter and the load bearer. Picture an army of men marching in single line. The man in front is the 'head' of the army. He takes the brunt of the blows, so the rest of the army can safely accomplish their mission."

Isn't that beautiful? Yet even after hearing that, I complained to my friend that my husband doesn't initiate prayer, I always have to do it. To which he replied "Is he good to you? Does he treat you kindly and with love?" Uh, yeah," I said. Oohhhhh. ouch. He treats me like royalty. And he's generous! I have prayed for years that he would be generous, and now he's soooo generous sometimes (gulp) I say "That's enough." The other day a woman approached us in the Walmart parking lot, asking for money. I was suspicious. I thought this was a scam (and maybe it was). My husband quickly handed her some money. Is he a Godly man? Yes. Does he have the love of Christ in his heart? Yes. I may always have to initiate prayer, but he lives it.

Have a blessed Christmas with your 'new' man! And never forget to love him just the way he is...because that's how God loves us.

JnL4God said...

So happy for you and Hubby.

Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

Wow!!! I have to say that was the best birthday gift EVAHHHHHH!

Some thoughts on helping your hubby:

Give him time to grow. Love and support him during his "baby Christian years." Help him find godly men to mentor and teach him. Resist the urge to rush the process.

Rejoicing with you today,

Deborah Ann said...

Just had to come back once more and thank you for the beautiful comments you posted on my blog.

A very blessed Christmas for you and DH!

Deb said...

God is so good. So faithful.

To answer our prayers.

I'm so glad that your husband accepted Jesus as his Savior.

Sweet dreams.