Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day Eighteen. The best medicine.

30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge for Wives

"You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy...Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!" Psalms 16:11a; 144:15b 
"A merry heart does good like medicine..." Proverbs 17:22a

That's Li'l Bit when she was 5 or 6 months old, laughing at Mini Me.  I remember that afternoon so clearly -- Mini Me was just tossing up a stuffed animal and catching it, then pretending to drop it, and Li'l Bit was cracking up.  Mini Me was so excited to make her little sister laugh, so she just kept doing it over and over again.  To this day, when Mini Me sees this picture, she'll tell Li'l Bit the story of how she made her laugh and laugh and laugh.

I think one reason we remember this so well is because Li'l Bit, in spite of the story this picture tells, was not actually a bundle of joy.  Not for a while, anyway.  It didn't matter what we did, that girl could find something to cry about.

One could say it was tummy issues early on, or the fact that she had eczema from head to toe.

Or. One could say that she was just taking after her mother.

Both of my girls are precious angels when they are at school and at church and at friends' houses.  Then they come home and grow horns.

Again.  One could say that this is typical behavior.

Or.  One could say that they just take after their mother.

I'm not a horrible, terrible, no good woman.  I'm actually fairly pleasant to be around.  I love to laugh and smile and have fun.

But when I get home... I think my ability to be great company goes down the drain.

That's a shame for many reasons, but in light of today's devotion, it is a horrible, terrible, no good shame.  Regarding The Husband, I can answer yes to the questions she asks:

Does your husband have a playful side? A great sense of humor? Is there a "little boy" that wants to escape from time to time, reflecting the joy in his heart?

The Husband's playful side was one of the first things I was attracted to.  It didn't matter what we were doing or where we were going -- I knew I was going to have a good time with him.  And you know what?  Things haven't changed that much.  He can still make me smile, he can still make me laugh.  And I need to LET HIM!  Why in the world do I fight that?!  I mean, I know one of my greatest joys is making him smile, making him laugh -- surely I can return the favor!

My Husband, you can always make my heart smile.  I don't want to embarrass you with an abundance of cheese and mush, but I just can't help myself... Baby, you light up my life.  Thank you for not giving up on me, and for being the one to bring me so much joy.  My cup runneth over.

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1 comment:

MiMi said...

I was just talking about this the other day at our church group thing. That I don't have enough grace at home. :(
That's an adorable picture, btw.