Submission. It’s not a word most women like – at least not this woman, anyway. I was born stubborn and worked for years to perfect the attitude not to submit.
- Be bold.
- Be strong.
- Be forceful.
My mother wrote in my baby book that I was stubborn and obstinate (and boy, oh boy, does my husband like to remind me of this).
Sometimes, I think that I’m the comic relief in the day of God. Why else would I get to the place of perfect stubbornness, only to discover submission? It’s all through the scripture.
- Submit to God
- Submit to authority
- Submit to your husband.
Ugh! Just thinking about it makes my skin crawl.
Thank God he’s patient (I do on a daily basis)! He’s taking his time remolding and directing my attitude.
Embrace the power of submission!
I’ve recently come to understand the importance of submitting to my husband. I wanted an addition. There was a new baby on the way and we had to have the room. I found a way to get the money – even though we committed to not borrow money ever again.
I talked a reluctant husband into agreeing with me. We got a loan, I got the addition, and the disasters started right off.
What happened? I’ve come to understand that the reason I need to submit to my husband is that he is the timing. If he’s not ready, then it’s not time.
So I announced yesterday at bible study (out loud and to witnesses) that I was going to go the whole week without saying no to my husband or arguing with him.
Believe me, you aren’t the only one that laughed.
But I was determined. I was motivated. I was stubbornly focused (yes, I see the irony).
I made it for six hours.
I recovered, and have made it most of this day without any more slip-ups.
Making the choice to be submissive is more than doing with others’ say or want. It is a focus on doing what God has uniquely designed me to do. It may not always be fun, but submission is not a dirty word.