Category Archives: As The Parsonage Turns

The story of two ordinary people following God in ministry

I want to be this wife... Richard Baxter, speaking of his wife:
It is a mercy to have a faithful friend, that loveth you entirely, and is as true to you as yourself, to whom you may open your mind and communicate your affairs, and who would be ready to strengthen you, and divide the cares of your affairs and family with you, and help you to bear your burdens, and comfort you in your sorrows, and be the daily companion of your lives, and partaker of your joys and sorrows. And it is a mercy to have so near a friend to be a helper to your soul; to join with you in prayer and other holy exercises; to watch over you and and tell you of your sins and dangers, and to stir up in you the grace of God, and remember to you of the life to come, and cheerfully accompany you in the ways of holiness.
- from The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter (London: James Duncan, 1830), IV, 30.

Delight or Drip?

I have delighted in my husband for over fifty years...
said a dear friend of mine over the weekend. There are times they act like newlyweds. I do know they've had their share of heartache and the journey they have taken in sickness and health, for richer or poorer has not always been easy. I love that word delight= a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; to please highly (www.Dictionary.com) Do I delight in my husband, taking great pleasure in him or am I a drip, drip, drip? (Proverbs 27:15)
A nagging wife is like the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. Proverbs 27:15 The Message
I was also excited to hear Pastor Rob give the definition of fit in Genesis 2:18 in his message on Sunday.
Then the Lord said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him.' English Standard Version
The greek for fit is neged= in front of, a counterpart, compatible, someone to correspond to Adam. I'm the first one to say I'm guilty of being a drip some days, but I make it my goal to be a helper fit for my husband walking alongside him fulfilling the roles I believe God has called me to. In future posts I will be writing how I help and delight in my husband. I want to take joy and pleasure in the husband God has given me rather than waste my time being the drip he would rather not come home to. Delight or Drip?