You are a spouse.
A Wife - A Husband
In our role as husband or wife, different seasons in marriage require varying talents.
There are seasons where one spouse may wear the badge “wage-earner” and the other “child-nurturer”. Later in life we’ve seen husband or wife wear the tag “care-giver” for the other.
Being a husband – or wife – means shifting from one label to another as our path through marriage necessitates. It’s a fluid process and we’re rarely aware of the label we’re wearing.
What other labels might we wear in our role as spouse?
- head cook and bottle washer
- laundry chief
- financial guru
- maintenance maven
- jar opener extraordinaire
- romantic bed-rocker
- celebration whiz
- barbecue ace
- merriment initiator
Some tags we always wear.
In marriage there are some tags both husband and wife always wear. (I’m sure you have your list of must-haves.)
May I suggest one more?
An Advocate: supports, watches over, urges, defends, pleads for and champions
One of the most fulfilling volunteer experiences I ever had was as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care. (Another name is Guardian Ad-Litem)
Here’s what a CASA does:
“CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.” ~ from the National CASA website
As a CASA I got to know the child by listening, and talking with everyone in that child’s life. No matter how many foster care homes, case-workers or schools the child experienced, I was there to pay attention to what was happening in their life. My role was to listen – then share information with the judge who would make the ultimate decision for what would be best for that child. The judge expected me to advocate – support, watch over, defend and plead – for that child. And pass all information I had on to him/her.
Spouse as Advocate
Has your spouse ever gone through moments – hours – days or months where they felt lost or neglected – when they lost their strength and became weak?
Have you stood with your spouse, listening, and caring for them with a constant heart? Have you spoken up for your spouse, perhaps in front of friends or family? Have you defended your spouse from abuse and misuse?
Have you shared with God their woes, their concerns, their heartaches? Have you asked for what they need – on their behalf?
You have been an advocate.
Advocating for your spouse is one aspect of encouragement that isn’t about cheer, or achieving goals or building. But it is about strength.
An advocate stands in the gap. An advocate bridges a gap.
Christ is our advocate.
… But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
~1 John 2:1
Who is a better example as an advocate than Jesus? His prayer in John 17 is a beautiful example of an advocate sharing with the One who makes all decisions.
Have you ever stood as an advocate for your spouse?