So, news to be praying for. Yesterday, TJ and I met with a pastor up in Evergreen about a job as a youth pastor. Super exciting. It is not going to be a quick process. There is still going to be more meetings and conversations and getting to know the church body, but this is something that we are super excited about! After talking with the pastor yesterday, I think we were even more excited to about how the church is wanting to reach the students not only in their church but also in their community. They know that in order for their church to not stagnate and die off, they have to reach the young adults of their community. It was just so refreshing to see someone as excited for the youth as we are.
That being said, this is going to take some time. And honestly some prayer. We want to make sure that we are the right fit for them and they are a right fit for us. It will take commitment. They have had so many youth pastors who haven’t stuck around. We do not want to be that for them. So, anyway. If you would keep us and the church in your thoughts and prayers, that would be appreciated.
Even if we end up not being the right fit for them, we still would like to move up to Evergreen. There is a lot of good that could be done up there and there is a lot of potential for camp up there. A lot. I think that is a place we both see ourselves setting up home base for camp. So, we would really like to get up into the community and start maybe getting the ball rolling. I know I keep saying that but camp is not an easy thing to start. It is an extremely long process and it takes a lot of money and credibility.
Evergreen is stunningly beautiful by the way. When we go back up for church on Sunday, I will take some pictures and post them. They are unreal. There is a lake. And mountains. And green. GREEN! Green is hard to find here in Colorado. Super hard to find.
I’m still going on with the book reading. I know the end is nearing and I’m not even close it feels like, but I have not given up! I will get as much as I can done and then continue with the reading until it is done. Oh well.
Ok, so the last relationship pinterest attempt that I tried did not go over all that well. I mean it went, but it took much longer to do than I had originally intended. Well, this one is just a looooonnngggg attempt to start with so we shall see how well this goes over. Like the last attempt I did, I challenge you to do this one with me too! I’ll explain it here in a second. I see so much divorce and unhappy marriages in the world today and so that makes me ever more passionate to be a better wife and to have a Christ-centered marriage more than ever. So, here I am doing relationship attempt #2! I am loving trying the things that I pin instead of just reading the articles and saying, “oh, that’s a cute idea!” So, come along side me and show how you are thankful towards your husband as well!
So what the challenge is, is there are 99 Things that you might be thankful for your husband. Each day you pick one thing and you either email him, text him, call him, facebook him or just downright tell him face to face that you are thankful for that thing. I will start either today or tomorrow, I haven’t decided yet. I have a feeling by us showing our thankfulness in these areas, it will not only help us see the best in our husbands and take our focus off of their flaws but by building them up that will probably draw their hearts closer to ours because they realize how much we actually appreciate them. As women, at least in my experience, we tend to look for the flaws in others, men or women. We as Christians, are called to be uplifting and what better place to start than at home? So, join me in the 99 days of thankfulness!
Here is the list:
1. He works hard.
2. He has a job.
3. He’s trying hard to find a better job.
4. He’s a human jungle gym for the dog.
5. He wants the best for our family.
6. He helps with the dog at bedtime.
7. He’s passionate about our family.
8. He’s a good leader.
9. He’s not a whiner.
10. I can trust his judgment.
11. He does the right thing, even when he doesn’t want to.
12. He tries to please me.
13. He’s organized.
14. He’s inventive.
15. He loves to get his hands dirty.
16. He’s adventurous.
17. He’s dependable.
18. He takes command.
19. He can still sweet talk me.
20. He’s a saver.
21. He’s a spender.
22. He rarely buys things for himself.
23. He’s disciplined.
24. He doesn’t [chew me out].
25. He doesn’t swear that much.
26. He doesn’t swear in front of children.
27. He can fix anything.
28. He knows when to call a repairman.
29. He’s stays calm in hairy situations.
30. He volunteers to [take the dog out].
31. He can [pick up poop].
32. He’ll buy the tampons.
33. He marvels at our [little family].
34. He asks my opinion.
35. He’s committed to our marriage.
36. He’s realistic.
37. He surprises me with flowers and gifts.
38. He compliments me.
39. He’s a good guy.
40. He’s consistent.
41. He helps clear the table.
42. He thanks me at the end of most meals.
43. He has simple tastes.
44. I’m still attracted to him.
45. He has a sweet smile.
46. He doesn’t make excuses.
47. He knows me.
48. He chose me.
49. He’s a great bug killer!
50. He’ll help with laundry.
51. He touches me in all the right ways, and in all the right places.
52. He still wants to be physical with me.
53. He loves me as I grow older.
54. He wants to be a good man.
55. He values my job as a wife.
56. He is encouraging.
57. He [listens to me].
58. He’s silly for [me].
59. His eyes don’t stray.
60. He doesn’t step out on me.
61. He doesn’t drink.
62. He doesn’t do drugs.
63. He gets what’s important in life.
64. He would do anything to keep me smiling.
65. He would lay down his life for us.
66. His arms are protective.
67. He keeps our cars picked up.
68. He pursues a relationship with God.
69. Things seem to roll off his back.
70. He tries to put up with my PMS.
71. He’d rather be with me than anywhere else.
72. He’s a trusted friend.
73. He’d give a stranger the shirt off his back.
74. He’s honest.
75. He’s not a showoff.
76. He’s not scatter-brained.
77. He’s always prepared.
78. He’s a great provider.
79. I know we’ll never go hungry.
80. He’s creative.
81. He calls if he’s running late.
82. He’s always on time.
83. He’s happy to [take the lead].
84. He makes me laugh.
85. He has a good heart.
86. He is honorable.
87. He takes out the garbage.
88. He finds the fun in life.
89. When he makes decisions he considers the needs of our family first.
90. He’s irresistible.
91. He’s kind.
92. He is willing to watch romantic movies with me.
93. He cracks up at [Youtube Videos].
94. He’s respected at work.
95. He’s a good employee.
96. He’s a good follower.
97. He’s a man of his word.
98. He desires to be the best husband he can be.
99. He’s a good companion
This list is taken from here and is not my property by any means. I made some adjustments because we don’t have kids and so I made some indications with brackets. Take a look at the original list if you do have kids or make adjustments of your own as well! Each husband is unique and we can be thankful for their uniqueness too!
Let’s do this!
Ok, so last month (in the middle of Sept.) I wrote a post about praying for your husband. I personally thought it was awesome! I was super excited about the list and taking the next ten days to pray for him. Well ten days turned into about three weeks. That goes to show you just how sporadic my devos can be. Life just really gets in the way sometimes and by the end of the day when I would be on the edge of sleep I would finally realize that dangit, I didn’t do my devos today! So, not making excuses but explaining what happened.
The list itself was great! I really did enjoy having something specific to pray for my husband each day! It really brought it home. I did my last one today which was “I pray that I will show my husband respect, grace, and kindness.” The Devil really has a sense of humor. I really should have done my devos earlier this morning. Instead I waited a couple hours after we woke up until TJ went off to work to do my devos. In the span of those couple of hours I managed to get stressed out about a couple things and go on a cleaning frenzy and then frustrated with life in general I lashed out at TJ and gave him a nice chewing out. Now, does that sound like grace, respect, and kindness? Not so much… That lashing out was right before he left, and then I did my devos and felt so terrible. I am telling you, Satan really knows when best to attack. I feel like I am a personal tool of Satan’s during this time of the month and I needed those devos especially praying for my husband like that this morning.
So, for all you ladies out there, take this list to heart, especially this last one. Showing your husband grace, respect, and kindness will make him the man and the leader that you need him to be. Build him up, don’t tear him down. I know I would rather be built up as opposed to torn down everyday. If I am not cherished and loved and respected by my husband I know I will feel like a total failure at life. Don’t you think that husbands feel the same way when their wives treat them without grace, respect, and kindness? Just a little food for thought.
I wish that was what I would be saying tomorrow. Tomorrow morning, way way early in the morning, we are going to go exchange cars with my in-laws. You know what that means? Driving through Kansas again. That was seriously one of my least favorite drives I have ever taken and I have to do it again…twice. Not only do we have to drive through it tomorrow to meet them in St. Louis, we have to drive back through it the next day to come home. Not ok, man, not ok. I love driving and I love road trips but not through flat, hot, Kansas. One thing I will say is that I am super stoked about having the Jeep back. This suburban is a gas guzzler and I just miss how the jeep drives and how easy it is to park. I have never been the best parker and driving a big boat is not making it any better. I have gotten comfortable with it but I am ready for the jeep that is for sure.
On our way across the country the first time, I had planned to really make progress on some knitting projects. I ended up not making nearly as much progress as I wanted. Hopefully, this time, I will make much more progress. I have some projects that are bigger ones and need to be done in a couple months. So, I will definitely be taking at least one of them along with me to work on while TJ is driving and I wait for my shifts to drive.
Update on the rug: it is coming along. I have 10 rows done and I have three more ready to go on. They will most likely be worked on while I watch the olympics tonight. Who is excited for the olympics?! I know I am!
Today is an absolutely perfect day. It has not been too hot outside which is always a plus and now there is a pretty decent rain storm rolling through. I love rain and not going to lie but there has just been a little too much sunshine for my taste lately. I need a good rainstorm every now and then. Being in the high and dry here in Aurora has made me realize just how much I miss and love rain! I love listening to the power of the thunder and the refreshing pitter patter of rain on the leaves and ground. I love listening to the wind and seeing lightning. It just uplifts my spirit and inspires me to create more and read and learn. I don’t know what it is but I honestly feel like I would be super happy in a predominantly rainy area such as Seattle. Yet, here I am enjoying what I can get in the high and dry climate of Colorado.
Before it started raining today, TJ and I went to the library. I am always bugging him to go with me. It is free and it is a place where I can just let my imagination run wild with the books I find there. Our route to the library takes us right past the memorial for the Aurora movie theatre shooting. I honestly had not seen the memorial yet. I had seen flowers on the blockades when they had the street blocked off but now I got to see the memorial that the local residents have put up for the victims of this horrible event. I want to get out there and take a picture or two to show you but have not had the chance yet. The people of Aurora have truly gathered to support the victims and their families and seeing this brought a lump to my throat as we drove by. I just don’t understand how anyone could do such a horrible act. And thinking about the victims that died and their stories and their ages is just heart breaking. Please just keep those families in your prayers as they go through this rough time.
Well, I am off to read my awesome books I got from the library today and enjoy listening to the rain!