Monday, June 3, 2013

Happiness Challenge Accepted

I found yet another great blog to follow, Domestic Artistry. She posted last week a happiness challenge that I have decided to take on, because who doesn't need more happy, happy, happy in their life?!

The challenge is to take a quote from the 15 Ways to be Happy post from Time Out for Women and try to practice it for a full week.

I'll be starting with this goodie:

In a prideful way, I feel like I already do a lot to show my husband I love him. While he is currently in school full time, I run things. All things, because who wants to stress about bills and appointments when there is a test coming up!
And let's face it, even after school is over, I'll still be heading up most of this type of responsibility, which in a weird way, I really enjoy!
 
He is currently in Maymester and so there is a huge time crunch on everything. It's been a madhouse...
but I baked him chocolate chip cookies this weekend, so he was mighty happy!

R and I have been through the gauntlet over the years. There were some days I didn't know if we could survive everything thrown at us. It always seemed like every time we were on solid ground something weird would come up that was so unexpected. When that happens, we couldn't help but feel like we weren't moving forward, just standing still.
 
Yesterday during fast and testimony meeting, a lady stood up and talked about the difference of a yoke versus a harness.
A yoke is the double bar that hooks two cattle together to share the pulling of a heavy load. The harness is used for only one cattle or horse.
 
So in Matthew 11:28-29, when Jesus says,
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
 
What He is really saying is He wants to share in the pulling of that burden, that heavy load.
Not that it is ever fully taken away, which for some reason was what I always thought when I read that scripture.
It is the actual sharing of a burden, working through it together.
 
I like to apply this scripture and thought to our marriage.
When I heard the sweet woman share this analogy, I thought not only is Jesus Christ my yoke, so is my husband.
 
Together we have to endure some hard paths together, one may stumble while the other holds us steady. One may be weak while the other keeps us strong.
 
Either way, we are traveling down a really fun, but sometimes rocky path together, but it's all about finding the joy in the journey!
 

3 comments:

J. said...

Good to remember. It's nice to have someone at your side to pull the heavy loads.

Allison said...

Thanks for sharing the quote about yoke and harness. It is very profound. I hope that you and your husband will always to work as a team and find happiness in life to cherish together. *hug*

Monica Lynn said...

Yay, so fun to do the challenge together! I love your application of this scriptural reference to your marriage :) I've been thinking about how our marriage relationships can really relate to our relationships with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. You just added a whole new level to my understanding.
Thank you!