A rainbow of light can be seen at the base of the over 300 foot tall Yellowstone River Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, on June 21.
is going to be a ridiculously long week.
I’d like to apologize in advance for the hair that may occasionally clog the shower drain.
My dear husband,
I woke up this morning to my radio station playing a Focus on the Family broadcast on Biblical submission in marriage. This is something that I’ve struggled with understanding, particularly because I could not correlate worldly concepts of “gender equality” with the Bible’s statement on gender differences.
The speakers, Cindy Easley and her husband Dr. Michael Easley, touched upon so many of these areas and made this concept easier for me to grapple. Drawing from the Bible, they pointed out that both the man’s role and the woman’s role requires humility. The woman needs to have humility to let down their pride and allow God to lead her man in the family’s next steps. The man needs to have humility in letting down his pride and loving his wife fully, listening to and considering her thoughts.
What really struck me was the passage that they used - Luke 2. Jesus, as a child, “submitted” Himself to his sinful earthly parents (Luke 2:51, ESV). What humility does that require? Not only that, but He also became obedient to the Father, “even to the cross” (Philippians 2:8).
Christ is the ultimate model of humility - He had a heart of courage, focused on a mission, and poured Himself out for the good of humanity (and His Father’s glory!). As a woman, I am struck by the way that perfect, glorified Christ submits Himself to sinful parents and to His Father. There is so much for me to learn.
My love, it will not be easy for me to submit to you, especially when my stubborn will gets in the way. However, I am learning that I can often be in the way of the mission and purpose that He has given you - so I will learn to submit to your leadership. I want to see Christ’s name glorified rather than my own.
I invite you to take initiative in leading our family. I will learn to encourage and support, with a heart full of courage and a head focused on the greater mission. Together, both of us play irreplaceable and valuable roles, equals in the sight of God but different in purpose and responsibilities.
your future wife
Dear, I think I know who you are. I really feel the Lord pointing me to you, but I’ll wait as He refines me, teaches me, and brings me closer to Him. I want to love Him more than you, and you to love Him more than me. I can’t wait to see how He unfolds His plans for us both. I can’t wait to serve Him by your side.