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Topic: Whine (05/23/13)
TITLE: The Woman of My Dreams
By LaVonne Wood
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It all started the day she gave her life to the Lord. That was the day she decided she would be everything the Lord wanted her to be. She was honest, kind, generous, hard-working, and filled with faith and love for everyone.
I remember the day she left for college. Her parents were against all this “religious stuff”, as they called it. They tried to discourage her any way they could from going to a Christian college. They would help pay for any secular college she might choose, but not this “radical for Jesus’’ college. She never let it bother her, though, just left it all behind, family, security, and all she owned, just to follow Jesus.
Then there was the time her doctor informed her that she couldn’t have children. She accepted that fact as a sign from God that she should love all children she met along life’s way. There were plenty kids out there who needed motherly love.
Her husband had nothing but praise for her, admiring her beauty, her gentle understanding heart, her hard working hands, and her unconditional love for him. She depicted every man’s desire in a woman. She was perfectly submissive to her husband and never spoke unkind or hurtful words to him.
Yes, she is everything I ever dreamed of being. But the truth is she is only in my imagination, not who I really am. How could I compete with this proverbs thirty-one woman? No matter how I tried to be perfect, I always fell short of that faultless woman of my dreams.
Thinking back to those college days, I remember how sad I felt when all the other students went home to visit family, and I stayed in the dorm because of my family’s rejection of me and my faith. I left all to follow Jesus, yet looked back at all I had left behind. Matthew 10:37 says, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me”, KJV. Even though I acted obediently, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for myself at times. Why wouldn’t my family support me in my choice of a college?
I can’t tell you how many years I cried out to the Lord to give me children. It just isn’t fair Lord, I would whine. Why are there so many unwanted and neglected children in the world, and yet, one who really wants a child is barren?
Concerning my husband’s praise; I am very blessed to have a husband who thinks I am comparable to the proverbs thirty-one woman. However, I know how far short I am of being that perfect bride. I am kind, hard-working, understanding, loving, but not always and not totally unconditional at times. Why is it so hard to follow Christ’s example? Why do I struggle so in pleasing my husband?
My heart sees what I should be and what I strive to be. Jesus knows my heart and sees my efforts, and helps me along the way. I don’t want to whine and complain about all the circumstances in my life that cause me pain. I want to be the perfect wife for my husband and the perfect bride of Christ. Even though I know my humanness makes it impossible for me to be perfect in this lifetime, I want to keep that picture of perfection before me as a goal to obtain. I’m so glad my Lord is patient with me while I learn how to become the woman of my dreams.
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