Just graduated from college, our son Josh had gotten his own apartment. His birthday card to me that year pictured a park ranger holding up a bear cub, “Aren’t you a cute little thing; where is your mother?” Looming behind him, high over his head was her shadow, mouth open, gigantic paws aimed; “Thanks for protecting me all these years. Love, Josh”
It’s a “holy burden” to protect husband and household from evil lurking in many forms. By being aware you are alerted and will know what to do. Couldn’t Psalm 106 be your heart as well, “Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land that they may dwell with me: he that walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me. He that works deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that tells lies shall not tarry in my sight.”
My husband remembers being bullied all the way through high school. He had a safe haven; his mother was alert and aware of his whereabouts. One of our sons, (now six feet, two inches tall and two hundred pounds), was a target for the other seventeen males in his class senior high school class. He didn’t tell us until he graduated; his lunch was grabbed and thrown from student to student every day. Earlier, before grade school he had been susceptible to older children in the neighborhood who taunted him. I would hear his loud outcry almost every day. What would have happened had I not heard, not known, not acted. Now he is strong and confident, a man of adventure, leaving home at twenty to join the Navy. He trained for electronic warfare and flew twelve hour missions with his crew during the war in Afghanistan.
He was distanced from the taunting because he knew he had support. Every child is vulnerable. They need to be prepared for tough times later on.
More than just the very young are in danger; your husband is a target. There are those who prey on anyone who is alone…there are women who hunt for lonely men, married, not married they care not…“there met him a woman with the attire of a harlot, and subtle of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: now is she without, now in the streets, and lies in wait at every corner.)” Pro 7:10-13
You and I can change the danger threat by being alert to danger, by being available.
Just let another woman who is very friendly or too much around my husband show up, I get in the way. Eric was teaching a Biblical Finance Course to a Church group. Their policy did not allow husbands and wives to teach together, though I had had the training. So a divorced, aggressive woman became his co-teacher. She dressed to get attention from men, (you know the kind), sat near him and looked into his eyes intimately during class.
It took only one class, and I was sitting between my husband and her ambition. I was conveniently available for all the classes after that, and…felt like a she bear. Actually, Eric appreciated it.
Am I a jealous wife? You bet! Just try me. I’ve got him for the duration.
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