Time Away

Guest Post: Laura Martin

Every year the men of our church go away on a retreat. It’s advertised as manly bonding with lots of bacon. But the reality: it’s a meeting with God and fellowship among all campuses.

Being a leader in the youth ministry for so long we were encouraged to pray for upcoming conferences so students would have a transformational moment bringing them in relationship with Jesus. Luckily for me, the power of God met me at one of those conferences and my life hasn’t been the same.

I was reminded recently to be praying for the men of our church as they head off to encounter God together. Praying? I hadn’t been doing that. I had been prepping myself to handle a strong-willed *testing every limit* toddler without my husband here with me for an overnight retreat.

Colossians 1:11 NLT “We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy.”

You see – I want my husband to hurry back home just as much as the rest of you want your husband’s back home. But while he is away I want him to know I can hold down the fort. I can sacrifice a family day for him to meet with our precious Savior. The one who sustains our marriage, our family, and ultimately our lives.

Ephesians 5:25 ESV “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,”

“No man will be a spiritual leader in his home if he is not going deep with God in his own private life.” – John Piper

So as my husband has “time away” to reflect on the goodness of God I’m going to be praying. Praying he comes home refreshed, with new vision and direction for our family.

The message translation says this better than I could:
Ephesians 5:22-24 MSG “Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.”

Of course, this message could be applied to your everyday life. As I stay persistent in prayer for my family, I am reminded how blessed I truly am. I don’t deserve all that I have; but God has been so gracious to us.