Oh my word this man!!!!
This. Man! He may look like he is grabbing my boobs (And He definitely is!) but he has my heart! (teenagers were mortified by their daddy’s hand placement, ha!)
We are a special kind of crazy-in love! ️
Lesson # 728493 on why I love my husband! 16 years of bumps, bruises, and all out brawls, but we still do…
He is a coach, I am a coach’s wife (if you are one, then you know)
Our life is juggled by the seasons, literally (what sport is in season?!! and there we will be) and spiritually!
There was a time I thought he loved video games more than me.
Loved sports more than me.
Players/athletes more than us…
It took years to see the unhealthy thinking!
Truth is he is a talented coach and it is his ministry. Supporting him in his passion is incredibly important to his confidence as a man and leader of our home! It took a series of events for me to see. As much as I hated to share him with the players, parents, officials, other coaches, and ________, I also knew I was/and still am his biggest fan!
We rode the bus, traveled with the team, with a baby on my hip, one in the stroller and one clinging to my shirt… it was rough but I learned I would rather be there than wondering what the score was. Before he started coaching we were in youth ministry and we worked for a children’s home. (Oh the stories of our 4 years there!) God was blending his youth ministry calling with love of all things athletic.
*side note when we were dating and falling in love Chris would volunteer coach tennis with my dad (who was a HS tennis coach at my alma mater)
I had 3 children under the age of 5 and I felt what I would describe as my love-tank was on empty. I was running on fumes in the love area. This was before the “cake” illustration but God was working on us both. Chris was asked to help coach football and run the weight room. This was in addition to our house-parent duties. He loved it! He came alive and spoke into the lives of these young men. However, there is sacrifice with a dedicated coach…I felt alone.
So in an attempt to help him see what he was missing I made a plan.
-God has a sense of humor!
Secretly I packed bags for the kids and I made a plan to leave while he was at practice “teach him a lesson” I was only going to visit his family 3 hrs away with a note on the counter… (drama)
The jokes on me because I learned the lesson.
I told God, “Ok Lord when he leaves today for practice we are leaving!”
3:00 rolled around and he had made plans for another coach to cover for him and we went to the park.
Mind you no one, Not a Soul knew my “plan” but God!!!
We had a great time as a family, I even made a few snarky remarks about practice and he didn’t take the bait but said he wanted to spend time with us.
So the next day I said, “Ok Lord today when he goes down to practice, we are leaving and all he will have is that letter telling him that we need to be a priority!”
And then 3:00 rolled around and our time into Ft. Worth “town” had run long and we were not back in time for practice.
I just started laughing watching the clock and he reached over and grabbed my hand as we drove back.
I was convicted! God showed me the plan he has trumps my plans!
I am so very grateful for the Lord in this lesson!
After about 2 weeks I pulled the bags out from under the bed (secret spot 🤣) and confessed to Chris my big selfish plans.
We both cried.
We made a few compromises, hashed a few things out and most importantly grew deeper in love!
Be mindful of a few things…things I’ve learned the hard way…
Pray for his passions!
Pray for his direction!
Let God fill your cup!
Be careful what you TELL God! The joke will always be on you!
Be mindful of the spirit trying to intervene when we are veering away from God’s will!
Laugh *Love* Learn* Lean on each other!