|דודי לי ואני לו|
|God called Craig long ago to be the leader that he is today, and from him He has made "many".|
Fortunately, this is a very exciting move for our family; but as I've pondered the many questions from others, I've been reminded that when God called Abram to leave his country (Genesis 12:1-5), Abram didn't consult Sarai to weigh whether she felt comfortable with God's command. He obeyed. She followed. The Word of God makes no reference to her having wrestled with that decision or suffering depression or anxiety over the drastic change or resentment over Abram's decision to obey unquestioningly.
I haven't always taken this view. As starry-eyed as I was at the age of 19 when we were first married, I was resistant to Craig's role as spiritual leader of our home. The Lord is so gracious and merciful to teach me through His Word, mentors, and faithful authors through the years - as well as various trials - gently guiding me into an understanding of His design for marriage that is entirely opposite the popular views of our culture.
Occasionally, I will receive questions from younger women asking marital advice. In these cases, I try to think not only of what the Lord is teaching me, but I also consider what I might say to my own daughters. Any advice that I would want my daughters to embrace must have its basis in the eternal, unchanging Word of God. With this in mind, I prayerfully consider how best to answer a friend in a way that will honor God and fall in line with the teaching of His Word.
Recently, I received an unexpected message from a young lady who will be married in the fall. I was humbled that she would ask me, as I have not known her long. I took this as God's assignment and weighed my response for a while before offering counsel. If you don't mind, I'd like to share what God put on my heart concerning this future bride's question, without divulging her identity. Feel free to fill in the blank with Caelyn, Morgan, or Gabriela, as I would say the same to them: