Sacrificial Love

Last weekend my husband, Dean and I had an opportunity to hear author and speaker, Gary Thomas share at a marriage conference in Issaquah, Washington. One thing Gary pointed out was that often when women are engaged, they love to share all about what their husband “is.” After they’ve been married awhile, however, women often start to focus on what their husband “isn’t.” Having been married 19 years, I don’t want to fall into that rut, but desire to continue focusing on all the positive qualities my husband brings to our relationship.

One incident that happened while on our getaway for the marriage conference last weekend displayed one of my husband’s best attributes. It had been several years since my husband and I had experienced a romantic time away from our kids, so we were really looking forward to staying in a hotel together during the conference. Since I have chemical sensitivities, staying in a hotel can present a host of challenges including having to steer clear of toxic cleaning products, newly remodeled areas of the hotel, and fellow guests wearing fragrances. As we checked into our room, I realized it had a sitting area with a hideaway bed in addition to a bedroom. Unfortunately, I discovered that the bedroom had new furniture that had a strong odor that I knew would make me sick if I was in the room too long. My only “safe” option was to sleep on what turned out to be a very uncomfortable hideaway bed.

When it came time to go to sleep that night, I asked my husband if he was going to sleep in the bedroom by himself or with me on the hideaway bed. At first he opted to sleep in the luxurious bed by himself, but he soon realized how lonely I would be if I were to have to sleep alone on what was supposed to be a romantic night together. Now mind you, my husband and I have slept apart many times while vacationing in our RV with the kids, but this was different. This was a time to strengthen our marriage. Luckily for me, my husband made the sacrificial decision to sleep with me, giving up the opportunity to enjoy the comfortable bed.

That small decision was a huge blessing to me, and I so appreciated my husband’s sacrificial love. That one act of kindness spoke volumes to me, and it was actually just one sacrifice in a long list of ways my husband has laid down his “rights” and selfish desires for me since I’ve had Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Thanks Dean. You’re the best! Love forever and always, Janine


Categories Janine's Blog | Tags: | Posted on November 13, 2011

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