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The Challenge Part II

This is long overdue, for that I apologize.

I went a bit further with the challenge I issued in my last blog. I “manned up” and did 48 hours of real honesty and openness. It was more difficult than I realized it would be.

The first 24 hours weren’t so bad. I openly spoke to my husband regarding issues where in the past I would be more guarded with my answers. I would even, hide, the whole truth. There were things we spoke about that were painful but the raw honesty we expressed to each other helped us to understand the other one’s mindset and to work all the way through the situation. I spoke the words that I would bottle up regarding super sensitive topics. In the end, it allowed us to grow closer, to work harder for each other and to allow festering hurt to start healing.

As much as I’m banging on the honesty train I feel that we should also understand what is appropriate to share. I’m not giving every little detail, because frankly – you don’t need to know them. What you need to know and to get from my words is the fact that honesty, even when it seems harmful, can heal, restore and strengthen any relationship – especially marriage. It takes two to commit, two to say I do, two to create new life and two to grow apart. The great news is that it also takes two to grow together.

The second 24 hours was where I struggled. This is when I wanted to cry “UNCLE” and give in, instead I held fast, prayed and endured. I’m thankful for the strength to march through and see a victory. What causes a small twinge of pain was how I got there. I don’t know how many of you have ever had to sit in front of someone you love and tell them that it would be easier to act as if they didn’t exist than to try to not love them. Yeah, that’s the kind of thing this challenge lead me into due to an extremely hostile situation with a family member. I am and will forever be grateful that our family follows the Lord! I truly believe that God was leading us in our words and our feelings. We both were cleansed from past situations and have found a way to work together toward a better future.

I would love to hear from anyone who took up the challenge, be it here or privately. For me, I’m glad I pushed myself the extra mile and that my family is benefitting from it. I’m glad you are reading this and receiving something from it. As for me, I’m excited to finally open myself up and allow God to use me for His Kingdom.

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

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