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Friday, March 10, 2006


haven


He's home.

I watch him walking toward the house and I can tell immediately what kind of day he's had. It's been a battle. I don't yet know the what's or who's, but I know he's been out there with that shield again, deflecting barbs and blows, trying to block out just a small, safe place where he can catch his breath before the next assault comes.

Though he has a sword, he's loathe to use it. He's not that kind of man. But that just means those who sense those sorts of things know he's unarmed. That vulnerability makes his attackers fight all the harder, using whatever weapons of offense they favor--pebbles of criticism, the sharp thrust of slander, or stinging arrows tipped with accusation. I know my warrior. When those attacks rise up, he doesn't fight back. Instead, he stands his ground--with nothing more than that shield.

He's tired now, and hungry. He's tired of defending himself. He's hungry for a soft word and a quiet space, and maybe a bowl of soup with still-warm bread.

Come inside, husband ... and leave your shield outside. You'll find no battles here.

My beloved put his hand by the latch of the door,
And my heart yearned for him.
--Song 5:4 (NKJV)

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17 Comment:

At 3/10/2006 10:00 AM, Blogger Priscilla49 had this to say ...

Thank you, Shannon, for the reminder that I need to go home tonight and make my warrior's world a peaceful one...In that safe place he can refuel and replenish his spirit at the feet of our precious Lord Jesus, and I can join him there...

 
At 3/10/2006 11:06 AM, Blogger Tanya had this to say ...

what a sweet thing to write for your husband... *sigh* ... very encouraging and teaches me how I should be with my husband-to-be :D

 
At 3/10/2006 1:57 PM, Blogger Jim Martin had this to say ...

Shannon,
I found your blog after you left a comment on mine. What a great site! I enjoyed this post. Thanks

 
At 3/10/2006 2:57 PM, Blogger Lauren had this to say ...

Ever the encourager, this was a blessing to read and a gentle reminder at the same time.

 
At 3/10/2006 3:34 PM, Blogger byHisgracealone had this to say ...

I enjoy the gentleness of your writing.
God Bless,
Donna

 
At 3/10/2006 4:51 PM, Blogger Sojourner had this to say ...

May God strengthen and encourage as your family continues to minister. Weary, but winning. Fatigued, but finishing the fight. Always praying, Tim

 
At 3/10/2006 9:10 PM, Blogger shannon had this to say ...

Priscilla and Tanya, that blesses me. Thanks for the visit. :)

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And thanks to you, Jim, for coming by. I enjoyed my visit to your blog today. I can't even remember how I got there ... I think I saw the link on another friend's site. Loved your "marriage" list--thank you! I'll be passing it on to my girls.

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Hi there, Lauren! Hope you've been doing well. :)

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Thank you, Donna and Tim. And Tim, I really appreciate your prayers. They make all the difference. When I see Dave coming home tired like that, I try to remind us both of Who we're doing this for.

 
At 3/11/2006 6:09 AM, Blogger popuri had this to say ...

Hi Shannon,
thank you for such transparency in your life. It helps me know that we are not alone in this type of battles. I read your blog often and has now added yr link to my collection of favourite award winning blogs! I cldnt find your book "a whisper in winter" in any bookstore in my country, pls tell me if I can purchase it from you. Thanks for being an encourager!

 
At 3/11/2006 2:55 PM, Anonymous crickl's nest had this to say ...

Thank you Shannon! I agree with the other commentors, this spurs me on to making the home more of a sanctuary. But the thing that hit me right away was the mental picture of the spiritual warrior coming home with his shield and sword, cuz mine's a pastor too.

It's a very sweet word picture....love it!

Christie

 
At 3/12/2006 5:21 PM, Blogger Al Johnson had this to say ...

Shannon, I can tell you love your husband. I appreciate your sensitivity to his needs after he has been fighting his battles. And I hope he does the same for you.

 
At 3/12/2006 8:51 PM, Blogger Vicki had this to say ...

Such a sweet reminder for all of us wives. Bless you, my friend.

 
At 3/13/2006 7:38 AM, Blogger Hikingalong had this to say ...

Shannon, I loved this post. I've always tried to make my home a safe haven and a place of comfort for my hubby when he comes home each day. Thanks for reminding us to be the respite from the storms of everyday life.

 
At 3/13/2006 6:06 PM, Blogger Macromoments had this to say ...

Shannon, Sunday's sermon was from Galatians 6, so my head is still full of vivid pictures of the armor we all put on each day (if we're wise). Your husband has a haven to return to each evening. This post was a blessing, and a picture of a marriage that honors God.

 
At 3/13/2006 6:57 PM, Blogger Cora had this to say ...

That was a great post, Shannon.

It's a great reminder as to what our homes should be for our families.

I am only sad to say that it took me 13 years to finally have my home as a haven for my husband. Hopefully now, he feels he can leave his shield at the door.

 
At 3/13/2006 7:44 PM, Blogger Mom Nancy had this to say ...

This was a wonderful post. I wish I'd written it. Thanks for reminding me. Maybe I should print it up and read it every day.

 
At 3/22/2006 9:49 PM, Blogger Milton Stanley had this to say ...

Wonderful, indeed. I wish my wife had written it (in fairness to her, she probably could have, provided her warrior were as worthy). Peace.

 
At 4/02/2006 12:43 PM, Blogger BayouMaMa2 had this to say ...

Great post! Sweet as can be...makes me want to treat BayouPapa better. It's a tough world out there...home should be a refuge...not another battlefield.

 

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