pray for him

My husband is a window washer. That means that he wanders around (rich people's) houses, in and out of every room with a window. Sometimes people have naked art, whether its statues or portraits or photographs.

My husband also washes commercial buildings. Businesses. Sometimes the setting is mildly inappropriate. A store he wouldn't normally go into; a bar or a sex shop. Sometimes he's washing the windows of a Victoria's Secret, and he can't get them clean without looking through them. Sometimes he's cleaning the outside of a hotel, and the other side of the glass could contain ANYTHING.

Matt opted to not have a data plan on his phone or internet in our home, and we use a Clearplay filter system to keep sexuality out of movies. The point is, we're not the kind of people who turn a blind eye to sexuality/immorality.

We both looked at porn when were young, and we know that it's a marriage wrecking habit. Marriage is built on trust, and part of that trust is "forsaking all others, be faithful only to you." I know men who have ruined their marriages with pornography etc. So, we take steps to avoid the temptation where we can, but sometimes it's unavoidable.

My husband ran into something unavoidable the other day. Just like he tells me when he's washing the windows at a Victoria's Secret, he told me when this happened. It was just an opportunity for moral failure that presented itself in a way that would have kept it secret. No one would have known if he had cheated on me. I wouldn't have known.

I'm thankful for him. In gigantic marriage crushing situations, he turned away. In tiny choices he makes every day, he tells me that he loves me.

This is a post to praise my husband for loving me more than he loves his own flesh. This is a post to thank God for the difference His fruit can make in a life. This is a post to encourage other wives to pray for your husbands. Whether or not your husband is the honest, moral man that my husband is, he needs prayer. When I thanked him with tight hugs for loving me enough to leave that compromising situation, all he said over and over was, "Pray for me, Amanda. Just keep praying for me."

God's Word promises that in times of temptation there will be a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13), and we need to pray for the men in our lives, that they'll be willing to take God's way out of these situations.

Also, don't forget the women in your lives. For some reason, because men tend to be more visually-oriented, people want to leave women out of the temptation of sexual sins realm, and that's ridiculous. If there's ever a place where I'll fail big, it's in sexual sin.

Pray for your husband. Pray for his encouragement and joy. Pray that he'll lean on Christ for his strength. Pray that he'll escape temptation.

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