A little over two years ago I started being more active on social media, specifically Facebook. I really like social media. I think it is a great way to keep people connected, to find support, to read some news without getting your fingers all black, to find good content in an area of interest without having to purchase magazine subscriptions, and reconnect with people that you may not otherwise have the opportunity to, this side of heaven. As with all things on earth, it is not exempt from being tainted. And I could post several reasons why I dislike social media platforms. Amanda touched base just this week on the time sucker and distraction it can be (my plan to stay offline and on at home). But I choose to focus on the positive aspects of social media and I have total control over my newsfeed and what I allow on my wall.
I do a great deal of work for Solid Strength with social media. I run monthly fitness accountability challenge groups. I like how these groups have connected me to people who are like me, they love Jesus and fitness and exercise and healthy stuff. This lights up my newsfeed with great fitness positivity.
I want to pose a similar challenge to you, my Holy Hen House family. One of the main jobs of most (I know some of you are not married, but I am speaking to the majority here) of us, the writers and readers, is to encourage our husbands. When I started being more active on social media I posted every day for the month of May something that I loved about my husband. I cannot tell you enough how much that blessed our relationship. It helped me to focus on all of the things that he is, what he does for our family, our intimate relationship, and what great friends we are. Prior to this challenge I posed for myself, I regularly found myself thinking negatively about him and complaining about what he does and how he acts, and what I wished he would do. But once I started focusing on what I loved about him, God changed me. Really.
It has been over two years since I did that and it is still blessing our relationship today. God switched something in me. We hardly ever argue. We laugh together. We agree on more things. We are not as quick to get frustrated with one another and I am so much better at communicating how I am feeling. HUGE! I used to think that he should just know what I'm thinking and how I'm feeling, I mean he's my HUSBAND, right? Ha. My husband is good at many things, but mind reading is not one of them.
Now, I'm not saying that things are perfect, and I can't even know for sure if it was this challenge that changed things. What I do know is that it helped spark the change that I needed to make, in order to be the supporter and encourager that God wants me to be.
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds
I am going to do this again. But I want it to be bigger. I want everyone's daily newsfeeds to be inundated with how much wives love their husbands, and to give God glory for developing this uniquely wonderful relationship that is between one man and one woman.
Genesis 20b-24 But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to all into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man. That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Are you up for this challenge? If your answer is yes, it's very simple. Each day in August, post to your personal social media platform of choice something you love about your husband. Use the hashtag #31reasonsilovemyhusband after every day's post. This way we can all see what everyone's posts are by clicking on the hashtag. I will be posting to Facebook. If you choose Twitter or Instagram, that's great! The more platforms we use to glorify God, the better. And you could get very creative with 31 pictures on Instagram. That would be fun to see!
I'm excited to see how this campaign will play out and what God will do with it and how it will impact your relationship with your husband. See you every day in August.