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Learning Respect from Sorrow

20 Feb

Seeking a Clean Spirit

It’s easy, so very easy to get caught up in the here and now. It’s easy to forget our roles in the moment of our need. We forget to put the needs of others above our own even those we love dearly when we are outside our zones of comfort. It can only be by choice that we rise above our self desires to seek the higher good of another. 

As wives, we want to honor and support our strong leader husbands and show them all of our love. We know that they have needs that are just as important as our own, and yet in the moment we can forget that and speak to them or treat them with less than respect. Recently one wife was faced with that moment.

Repentance from Sorrow
Chantelle Swayne, blogger at Happy Healthy Holy Home, is sharing her blog post with us today as she came to understand repentance after a moment of weakness. Be sure to click the SEE MORE button below to read the entire article. She sets a beautiful example for us on seeking to have a clean heart within.

Ephesians 5:33

“Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respecther husband.”

A Not-So Happy Holy Morning: Learning to Love

Written by Chantell Swayne from Happy Healthy Holy Home

My alarm clock sounded at the unfamiliar time of 5:30am, and with every bit of strength I could muster I rolled over and hit the snooze button.  I regretted with every ounce of my being the rash vow I had made the night before. Did I really say I would cook my husband breakfast before he went off to the gym that morning? I had half gone back to sleep when I felt my husband’s hand gently rocking my shoulder, “Hun,” he said, “are you going to make me breakfast?”
I think at that point I may have said something about bananas in the waves, but I cannot really remember; it is all a bit fuzzy. I am known to say some pretty strange things in my semi-conscious state.
Somehow I managed to wake up enough to get out of bed and begin breakfast at 5:40, though rather grumpily. My husband was hovering, hungry and in a hurry to be out the door. I really had gotten out of bed too late.
“Why do I have to make your breakfast?”  I kept thinking, “I’m so tired! You really should be so grateful for what I give to you!” I also think I may have said this audibly. Maybe a few times. I definitely grumbled a lot.
 
As my husband went out the door (a little later than he wanted to, because I had not wanted to get out of bed) he asked me if I could take some boxes to the trash on my way out, as he would not have time. “Sure, I’ll just do everything!” I responded disrespectfully and sat down to finish my coffee…
Happy Healthy Holy HomeChantelle is a 26 year old Australian married to an American missionary currently living in Singapore. She grew up in Australia, where her father still preaches full-time. She and her husband met because he decided to go as a missionary to Australia in his early twenties. They’ve been married for 4 1/2 years. They worked for 3 years together in Australia before moving to Singapore where she am studying–while her husband teaches–at Four Seas College of Bible and Missions. As well as their work in Singapore, they make it a habit to travel at least once a month to somewhere else to work for the weekend. So far they have been to Jakarta (Indonesia), Can Tho (Vietnam), and several congregations in the neighboring country of Malaysia. She feels abundantly blessed with so much: opportunities to learn, opportunities to serve and a wonderful godly man who loves her and is incredibly patient and talented. Chantelle shares her story regularly on her blog Happy Healthy Holy Home.
~Article written by Team Member Renee Brown
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