So, what was yesterday like for you?

Did your husband get up and help the kids get ready for church? Did he get doughnuts for breakfast? Did he have the car all warm and ready for you to get in? Did he drop you off at the door of the church? Did he carry one of the children, or hold the hand of a potential bolter? Did he hold open the door for you?

Did you hear his nice bass voice singing along during the song service? Did he find the verses in the Bible? Did he go collect the kids from Sunday School? Did he ‘make’ lunch for you at Pizza Hut?

If he did, you received a gift that you might not realize is a valuable blessing. Some women flew solo yesterday. The burden of it all was on their shoulders. And sure, it’s not impossible to drag the children to church week after week by yourself. It’s not like she had to harness the horses to the buggy, or walk five miles uphill in the snow to get to church. But there is a heaviness that a woman experiences when she bears the burden alone of being the spiritual leader to her family.

It’s not physically hard to be the spiritual leader. . . but it can be exhausting and spiritually draining to not have a leader. There is a whole level of protection, provision, safety and security that she doesn’t even know she’s missing. Sure — you can survive without it — but would you want a child to live without the security of a father. . . or a mother. . . or a mentor. . . or a friend. . . just because it can be done?

And in this age of feminism and single moms, and women who ‘don’t need no man’, we see strong and capable women managing well on their own, and we might not consider how hard it must be for a woman who has a husband who isn’t a husband to her very soul.

If you know a woman who goes to church without her husband, would you consider inviting her to participate in the remaining forty-seven days of the countdown of encouragement?

We want to let her know that there is hope, and that there are practical things she can do today in order to see her husband serving the Lord on Sunday . .  and every day!

And it all begins with prayer. . . so say a prayer for her today.

God bless you for caring,

Shari

And if you were the woman alone at church yesterday, and you long to serve the Lord together with your husband, there is hope. God knows and sees, and has provided a doorway of hope for you. Until that day, run to the Father for solace, for support, for grace, and for rest. He is a refuge and strength when you need it. He has promised to never leave you alone, and He wants your husband to know that same communion — even more than you want it for him. It begins with prayer, so make time for that today.