A Diligent Wife // New 31 Days Series

I was listening to an interview recently with TV and film producer, J.J. Abrams, in which he was telling the story of how his career started. He floundered in the beginning, unsure which direction to go, or what content to create. His wife offered him some solid advice: Write about what you love. Write what you care about. So, he did. And he went on to produce some of the most loved films and TV series of our time.

Well, this is me, writing about something important to me, and for which I care deeply about: marriage. And more specifically, being a wife. I’ve been a wife for the past fifteen years, and I love it. I love my husband, I enjoy our marriage, and I look forward to the next twenty years. My goal has always been to strive for excellence as a wife—you know, the kind Solomon says is hard to find. 

I think I started out okay. Three years in, and I was doing pretty good. But then, we started having children, and by the time we had four children who were 4.5 years old and younger, being an excellent wife felt elusive. My children constantly needed my attention, my body, my time, and my energy. When I reached the end of the day, I had nothing left for my husband.

Suddenly, I didn’t know how to be a wife anymore. I wanted to talk to my husband and I wanted to desire intimacy, but I was weary from caring for the little people who desperately needed me. Busy, overwhelmed, and exhausted, I didn’t care so much about excellence, I just wanted to feel like his wife again.

So, I began to pray. For my marriage, yes. But, more than my marriage, I began to pray for my heart. The kids weren’t going to stop needing me. Giving up my role as a Mom wasn’t an option. But neither was quitting on my marriage. How could I be a wife and a Mom? Was it possible to be both? What could this look like, and where was I to start? What needed to change in me in order to invest more fully in my marriage?

I know many of you feel this struggle. And I want to start off this series by telling you: your desire to prioritize your marriage is good and right. Over the next 31 days, I want us to consider ways we can invest in our marriages even when busyness and exhaustion overwhelm us.

But the first step is simply this: Care about your marriage. Be willing to invest in it. Because when we participate in the work God is doing within us, and within our marriages, God will help us. He cares more about our marriages than we do.

Today is Day 1 of a 31 Day series: A Diligent Wife. You can find all the posts here on this page. Or, come join us on Instagram to join in the conversation. Over there, you’ll find a list of each day’s title so you know where we’re heading. If you’re a writer, feel free to use each day’s topic as a prompt to share your own wisdom. Simply post a photo, write a caption, and use #adiligentwife so I can see your post.

Header Photo by Olivia Snow on Unsplash

Day 2: Embrace Diligence

Day 3: Quote It

Day 4: First Things First

Day 5: Keep It Simple

Day 6: Look Inside

Day 7: Move Closer

Day 8: Pick Five: Keep Having Fun With Your Husband

Day 9: Plant A Seed

Day 10: Listen to Advice

Day 11: Be Ready

Day 12: Ignite the Fire: Remember God’s Good Design for Sexual Intimacy

Day 13: Ask a Question: One Way to Encourage Your Husband to Be A Spiritual Leader

Day 14: Carve It Out

Day 15: Lighten Up: Making the Most of Alone Time in Marriage

Day 16: Remember When

Day 17: Think On This

Day 18: Sit in Silence

Day 19: Take Your Time

Day 20: Count the Moments

Day 21: Ask for Help

Day 22: Write It Down

Day 23: Cling to Hope

Day 24: Speak a Good Word

Day 25: Trust

Day 26: How We Say Goodbye

Day 27: Turn Off the Lights

Day 28: Be Faithful

Day 29: Ten Ways

Day 30: Commit Your Ways

Day 31: Treasure Today