Ten years ago, I married a wonderful man! I was young (18), but I knew the Lord had brought us together and had planned something great for us! Maybe sometime I’ll write about how we met (we don’t actually remember!) and fell in love (I knew I loved him when I was 16!), but today I just want to share 10 things that I love about him.
In no particular order (except for number 1):
1. He’s saved AND following the Lord. Needless to say, in the ministry we see often the struggles when this is not the case! Marriage takes work for even the most faithful Christians, and I can’t imagine going through it with a man who did not have a heart for God.
2. He WANTS to be a good husband. I mean, he is, but he is because he makes an effort to love and care for me like Christ loves the church.
3. I never fear talking to him. I know women who do not feel welcome to open up to their husbands, so they instead share everything with everyone else! Even if I’m not always sure how to approach a matter, even if I’m fairly sure he won’t agree, I know I can talk to him. I rarely feel a need to talk about my husband to anyone else because I know I can just talk to him!
4. He’s an incredibly involved dad. He changes diapers, he gets up during the night, he’s willing to take on the majority of the discipline…that doesn’t mean he likes to, but he does them anyway! He plays Parcheesi, Red Light Green Light, wrestles, gives hugs and kisses, and…he’s not afraid to take all six kids out by himself! Which leads me to number 5-
5. He’s understanding to my need to get out every now and then. Even aside from being a stay-at-home mom, my personality is such that I like to go out and do things! He is willing to let me go out by myself for a few hours and often will tell me we have 20 extra dollars this week so why don’t I go look for something to buy. That’s the best :)
6. He’s funny. We share a sarcastic and mostly nerdy sense of humor. Those of you who know us, know that we’re nerds and we’re okay with that!
7. He works hard. And I mean hard. I’ve never been under another pastor who has shown so much effort, time, and study when he preaches. He’s always making a visit, calling a church member, and praying for someone. He puts his heart and soul into the flock that God has given him, and it shows.
8. He’s hot- and he keeps getting better looking every year!
9. He’s very discerning. I appreciate that he knows the Bible and has the ability to interpret a passage accurately. He can see things about people, about why they may be acting a certain way, about what the real issues are behind it, and he’s bold and caring enough to address it. And if I see something differently than he does, he is often discerning enough to listen to me :)
10. He is proud of his family. I love it (and somehow am embarrassed at the same time) when we go out somewhere, especially to a pastor’s fellowship meeting, and he introduces the whole family by name. That’s quite the list to get through…
Of course there’s more, but I’ll pace myself. There’s always next year!