Monday, January 10, 2011

What I Learned from my Husband's Weariness

Husband and Wife Sit Holding Hands

My husband comes home from work with a hurting back and is exhausted. He slowly walks to his room, looking almost hunched over and defeated. Despite his physical suffering, this man will still help the children fix things, or talk with them. He will still fix the car or carry in 40 pound bags of wood pellets. He does not sit in a chair and boss our children around, even though he has every right to ask them for help. When they see him working so hard without complaint, their admiration for him, their love and respect soars!

He patiently deals with their moods and they listen to him, when he asks for quiet. I have never seen him argue with them when they are being rude. He does not try to tell them to "respect him," or say "You will not talk to me like that." He simply says "enough," and goes about his day. The children's normal murmurings fade out and they are calm again.

I have seen him work harder than I could ever imagine myself working. Yet, he does it in a sacrificial way. He wants nothing in return.  He works for our food, our home and little presents here and there to cheer us all up. I have seen this man go without new shoes or clothes just so we could have something we need or want.

When I look into the eyes of this weary man, I am inspired to work harder at home. I want to have that same sacrificial love for my family and home. I want to give up more and more of my little selfishness.  While he never says much to teach us how to do this - his work ethic, his tremendous love for us, his never complaining, the children and I are constantly learning from him.

Mrs. White

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Heather said...

thank you Mrs. White. I needed that re-focus to reappreciate my husband. You are a jewel to your family.

Anonymous said...

Oh, How I love this post....I too have a wonderful husband that works hard to provide for his family....but the love he shows us out ways all that hard work:)

I haven't been feeling very well lately and I can see it in his eyes that he worrys about me....that feels my heart with joy knowing that he cares for me that much along with caring for both of our daughters.

God has been so very good to the both of us!!



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Mrs. Stam said...

Funny I wrote a post similar to this one last week, we sure can learn so much form our hard working husband!!!

Cindy Ellison said...

Mrs. White, your husband must be a special man and father. A good blog post. You and your family are blessed.

busymomof10 said...

This was such a beautiful post! thank you for sharing it! You are so blessed with such a hard working, self-sacrificing husband!