Day 19: Building Respect Habits

Read Day 18 HEREDay 19: Be Content 25 Days of Building Respect Habits

Loren is not a huge run-in-the-woods, risk-your-life, hunting sort of man. I grew up in a small town {part of my life in a forest where cougars crossed our driveway} and we went hunting for animals bigger than us: bears, elk, deer, antelope..and of course the smaller than us birds, ducks, and rabbits. Although these weren't among my favorite things to do, I enjoyed them, and always assumed I would marry someone who would take me with him to hunt, hike, and tent camp. I grew up thinking hunting was the only way to eat meat: hunt for it, skin it, pack it & eat it.

I married an amazing man who grew up in a city and has never killed a fly. His first time tent camping was a week into our marriage. His first run through the woods he thought bears would eat him. He is nothing what I assumed {when I was 10} that I would marry and guess what's awesome?  I am 100% content with that. I love the life we are living, the life we pursue. Sometimes I catch myself in arrogance about my "experiences" - and then I am humbled by his humility and grace. I am caught up in thanksgiving that he is so much more than I ever dreamed, and that is because I didn't dream of having a man COMPLETELY SOLD OUT FOR JESUS.

Whether your man is a city man or a wild man, a practically-logically-thinking man or a charismatic-feely-sporatic man, be blessed that he is your man. Whether he is a church planter, a small town pastor, a diesel mechanic, a construction worker, or works part time, be blessed that he is by your side through the thick and the thin. Rest in the assurance that he is yours and you are his, and together you are pursuing this life together. All that other stuff: titles, positions, salary, paychecks, those are all so temporary. Be content with the friendship you are able to cultivate, the babies you have or dream of having, the safety of vulnerability with someone.

You are wonderfully made and defined by Jesus' love for you - not you nor your husband's job, paycheck, nor the apartment or mansion you live in. Be content and be blessed deeply by that.

"Do not pressure your husband to keep up with the Jonses. Take satisfaction in the lifestyle he is able to provide for you," -Jennifer

Today, as we focus on building the habit of being content, thank your husband for the life you two have. Thank him for the home you are building together and remind him that he is enough. Don't complain about things, choose joy, and

Today, pray and internalize these verses: "But godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6 "Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."" Hebrews 13:5

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