I have spent the month of November (all of it) writing the first draft of a promised manuscript. It is tentatively titled "Made Perfect In Weakness". It is the story (fictionalized) of my husband's and my "courtship".
During the process, I enjoyed recalling the tender mercies of God in the miracle that is our relationship. I have spent one month trying to recapture and then convey each precious moment in words.
While writing the book I relied heavily on the audio files that my husband created when he communicated via email. (If you're late coming into our story - my husband lost the ability to read and write due to a massive stroke he suffered before we met.)
One of the MP3 files that took my breath away made its way into the book in a prominent place.
The recording was made in response to gospel principle questions asked by a teacher from church, named "Chris". My husband was to ponder each question and respond in a voice recording that he would then send via email. (What a wonderful tool that was for him!)
I share this recording with you today as a way of honoring my husband and our Savior. It is a reminder to me of the calling I have received to be a help meet to my husband, to be his companion and to stand proudly at his right hand.
When I listen to that testimony, I am amazed. Why? Because it represents an incredible miracle.
My husband was born into a Jewish household, raised without knowledge of his Savior. He wandered far from all things right and good until he had damaged his soul so terribly that he nearly died from the effects of his addictions.
He knows and declares that the massive stroke was a gift from God. The stroke brought him to his knees and humbled him.
And in his coma and after, Christ came to him and loved him and taught him until one day, one incredibly special day, the Lord asked me to help in His efforts. All He asked of me is that I honor and respect this broken man.
Jesus knew that with the companionship of a woman willing to honor him, my husband could thrive and grow to be more like his Savior.
Our relationship - our marriage - is not different than any other marriage.
God has asked that the wife honor her husband (Ephesians 5:33).
I suggest (based on experience) that a husband who is honored, will give glory to God.