This morning as my husband was heading off to work, I asked him to sit with me before he left. I noticed he was not his usual bright, positive self yesterday. As we were winding down last night, I of course rambled on and on about my favorite parts of my Tuesday, and expected him to do the same as we usually do. Instead I could tell he was frustrated, tired, and disinterested. As I know my husband, I asked for him to share what was on his mind, and when he didn't want to I left it at that so that he could have space and time to BE with himself.
This morning I asked once more how his day was yesterday and his response was an all too familiar one that I'm sure weighs on many wives' hearts when they hear it as well. "I'm just so tired. I'm tired." Tired is a loaded word isn't it? It means mentally, it means physically and spiritually. I knew what he meant. He meant he's tired of literally everything.
We sat in quiet I just prayed for him, and my heart was heavy for him. This man puts everything into each day. He has a stressful job like most husbands do. There is so much pressure on our husbands to provide and keep working when they are tired; to be strong when they want to break down; to be gentlemen when they would rather beat the crap out of someone who disrespects them.
I'll admit it, when he left I turned to my handy dandy Pinterest to easily search out some ways to pray for my husband. One of the most recurring topics to pray for him is when he is overwhelmed. Do we realize how often our husbands are overwhelmed? Do we realize that as wives, it's our duty to cover our husbands in prayer every day as they leave the comfort of our home every single day?
I will be the first to tell you I struggle with that. It is difficult for me to remember to pray unless I need something from God, or unless I see a problem on the horizon. I want to get better about that. I want to be a prayer warrior for my husband, friends and family. It starts in moments like these, when I realize how important it is to take the focus off myself, and channel my energy, thoughts, and prayers into others.
Our husbands need our prayers from head to toe. Every single day. They are overwhelmed and tired - we need to lift them up with encouragement, strength, thankfulness. Every single day. Wouldn't you want to be prayed for in this way?