I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase, Happy Wife, Happy Life…
Giving off the impression that as long as the wife stays happy then it’s all good.
John Christ laughing scoffs, at the ridiculous slogans on women’s t-shirts, “tell me I’m pretty and feed me tacos.”
That used to be my mindset… ligit, until I got a new heart.
And even after the new heart, my mind tried to tell me that’s what I wanted.
But there has been a deeper desire in my heart, to be the perfect wife, and lead a perfect life.
I believe that desire came from my Father.
I found the DNA match this morning in His Word.
“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:48 ESV
As I looked up that Word,
(Blue Letter Bible Concordance)
I found this next scripture the total confirmation to what the Holy Spirit has been coaching me in lately.
Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. 1 Chronicles 29:9
I couldn’t understand, after all I had been sacrificing,
And even obeying what I believed the Lord had been telling me to do-
Why I wasn’t experiencing Happy Wife, Happy Life.
Then a few days ago, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a Kenneth Hagin teaching I had heard of some years back.
Sure enough, as I began to read, I discovered I had some of the similar symptoms that Brother Hagin had struggled with.
I had sacrificed the things I had been enjoying,
And I was obedient to His direction,
And that of my husband, (most of the time)
But I wasn’t willing.
My heart had stayed back in comfort zone.
My body had left, but my soul was kicking and screaming.
Living out the Perfect will of God, Ive found, is never based on emotion.
It’s based on decision.
But God goes deeper into our hearts to discover what our intentions really are.
Frustrated, was a good place for me to be.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
It caused me to seek out the heart of God.
To be perfect, as He is.
And sure enough, I found Him.
I repented for my unwillingness to eat the Good of the Land He has laid out before me.
As I looked around my home yesterday, I was in awe of what He has done for me through my husband.
I wouldn’t have even known what I ever wanted.
That’s the thing about surrender.
As long as we hold on to our wants, and our rights,
We have no idea what God has in store.
And I assure you, it’s above and beyond what you could ask or think.
We kill His desires for us, not because He stops blessing, but because we’ve positioned ourselves as unblessable.
Obedience is better than sacrifice-
But Willingness is Better than just being obedient.
Good. Acceptable…. Perfect.
Look again at the Perfect Heart of our Jesus.
While battling the soul in the garden, He cried out,
“If there is any other way Father, let this cup pass, but if not, not my will but yours be done.”
Jesus wasn’t just obedient, He was willing.
The people in King David’s day weren’t just obedient, they were willing.
That’s where the Joy comes from.
Happy Wife.. Happy Life.
Perfect Wife. Perfect Life.
Perfection isn’t a performance, it’s an attitude.