March 02, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - Grace and Love Editon

My husband and I have discussed what’s different in my life, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in his life, with a belief in God generally. What has the saving power of Jesus done to make me a different person.

I told him Saturday night anytime I was angry, hateful, or judgmental those are times that I’m in control. The times that I’m sweet, loving, and generous are 100% the Holy Spirit working in me.

Unfortunately yesterday, he caught me on a “me” day. I could give you a million why I was in a bad mood on Sunday – a week of exercising followed by not enough sleep, being woken up by my night owl husband at 2, 4 and 6 in the morning and taking at least 30 minutes to fall back to sleep, the first week in my pill pack (hateful PMS usually waits till the week after, I’m just weepy the week before).

Bottom line – my actions almost cause my husband to not go to church and miss a sermon on “The Glory of Galgotha.” By the grace of God, he went any way. Even held my hand on the way into church (he said he didn’t want me to slip in the wet parking lot).

So apparently, my husband is just a better person than me. Sure he does things that annoy me – like waking me up at odd hours of the night. And putting trash on top of the trash can lid, rather than lifting the lid and actually putting trash in the can.

He loves me so much, that he wanted to hold my hand in church. He loves me so much, that after dinner he agreed to go to my parents even though he didn’t want to. He loves me so much that he (a workaholic in training) put aside his work for an entire the majority of the day yesterday.

While I failed at this past week’s challenge (I was always just wearing sweats, yoga pants to be exact – what can I say I’ve got a booty and a half!) it didn’t matter. Last night we had a wonderfully intimate evening. Not just in that way. But also lying on the couch, snuggling, sharing a bag of pretzels while we watch Monk and Psych (my mom let us borrow her tape).

So when a client called him at 10:30 last night, I didn’t seem to mind so much. I pulled the covers up, asked Jesus to reveal Himself to my husband, asked for forgiveness for my behavior, and fell asleep knowing I have the love of the two most important people in my life.

Moving on to my meal plan for the week (aka how I repay my husband for being so great):

Monday: Stir fry (meatless)
I’m just doing rice and veggies. It’ll be my first attempt. Not sure if I should fry the rice from the start, or boil it then bring it into the skillet to be fried a little bit.

Tuesday: Beef Stew
I bought a 10 lb bag of potatoes at the grocery store and they are starting to go bad.

Wednesday: Chicken Parm. w/baked potatoes

Thursday: Hamburger Helper

Friday: Leftovers or Ramen noodles


  1. What a great post and testimony. I am so grateful my husband puts up with me when I am at my worst.

  2. Hey Brooke,

    I read often, but with the baby have less time to comment. I wanted to let you know this post moved me though, and I'll be praying for both of you!


  3. What a good guy. It's true - husbands sure put up with a lot more than we do.

  4. IT is also true that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. At least it's true with mine. Your menu looks great!

  5. I love veggie stir fry! Let me know how it turns out.

  6. Don't you love those cozy-sweet-couch-potato nights? We try to do that at least once a week around here :) Doesn't always happen, though!

    And I think Monk is so funny and quirky!

  7. Sounds like you guys had a great time...Me and my husband can relate too. Love a good movie and a no-pressure day.

    Your menu sounds good-I like stir fry, but my husband won't touch it. :) doesn't like half-crispy veggies much. :P But I love him anyway.;)


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