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Thankful Thoughts

Psalm 107:8 – Let them give thanks to the Lord for His faithful love and His wonderful works for all humanity. (HCSB)

In honor of Thanksgiving Day my friends have issued the challenge to list 15 thankful thoughts. Even though I try not to limit my thanks, I will accept the challenge and attempt to create a manageable list.

  1. I am thankful for God’s love; thankful that He is merciful and forgiving; thankful that He sacrificed His son for me; thankful that He listens to my prayers and to the prayers others pray for my benefit.
  2. I am thankful for my husband and our 40+ years of marriage; thankful for the way he loves God, his family, and others.
  3. I am thankful for our son who shows his love for God and his family every day. I am so proud to be his mom! I am thankful for our daughter that he brought us by marriage.
  4. I am thankful for our two amazing grandchildren. They are both smart, funny, talented, and cute as can be! I love them both a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.
  5. I am thankful for my extended family. They are a little fudgy – sweet, lots of nuts, and sometimes give me a stomach ache but they are mine and I love them.
  6. I am thankful for my two grandmothers. They both showed such strength and daily lived out the love of God. I understand things as an adult that I took for granted as a child and appreciate more every day the sacrifices they made.
  7. I am thankful for friends. Even though I can’t see them as much as I’d like, I know they are always there. I am thankful for social media sites that allow me to have “old” friends back in my life again.
  8. That clever, witty, and thought provoking Anonymous once said “A grateful heart is one that finds the countless blessings of God in the seemingly mundane everyday life.” I am thankful that I live a safe and seemingly mundane life.
  9. I am thankful for people who have a working knowledge of contractions. “You’re” and “your” are NOT interchangeable!
  10. I am thankful for people who understand the humor in sarcasm. By the way, number 9 is not sarcasm. Seriously, people, contractions are not that difficult.
  11. I am thankful for my church and the relationships being built in my small group. I feel privileged to be a part of such a great family of believers.
  12. I am thankful that I have the means to go to the grocery store. I shop sales, use coupons, and may skip something on my list, but my family never skips a meal or goes to bed hungry.
  13. I am thankful I have a house that is warm in winter, cool in summer. I wish it was not such an avid collector of dust bunnies, but it is a nice house and I am thankful for it. I would be extremely thankful if it were located at the beach!
  14. I am thankful for ocean waves and mountain ranges; sunrises and sunsets, vivid colors and changing colors. I am thankful for the beauty God gave us to enjoy in the world He created.
  15. Joseph B. Wirthlin summed it all up with, “I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means.” Thank You, Lord, for this wonderful life.
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Dirty Socks and Leftovers

Matthew 19:6 – So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.” (HCSB)

 

weddingringsI was recently with a group of women of various wedding anniversaries. One just celebrated 15; I will soon celebrate 39. Over coffee and sodas, we started discussing our ages when we walked so boldly and confidently down the aisle. Our ages varied, but we all had one thing in common – each one was so naive while thinking she was so mature. Each bride and groom had looked at each other with starry eyes and said, “I do” without a single doubt of the bright and blissful future to come. Today we just laugh at those two foolish people!  That man at whom we looked with such awe is not so awesome when we’re picking up his dirty socks. He sometimes says the wrong thing (or nothing at all). He sometimes misses our hints (even though our clues were so obvious). He sometimes has bad breath (and other body odors). There are times when that radiant bride of the wedding day isn’t such a ray of sunshine either! Ephesians 5:33 tells husbands to love their wives and wives to respect their husbands.  When we get married we fully intend to unconditionally love, respect and admire each other. I know I had great intentions of being the perfect wife, offering nothing but kind and encouraging words, perfectly prepared dinners every night, and a life of candlelit romance.  But, life sets in with all of its time devouring stresses.  Sometimes my words are less than kind and not at all encouraging. There are times when my husband just needs to count his blessings that he got dinner at all, even if it is just leftovers!  Often times the candlelight is just a sign that the electricity is out.  Why do we put up with each other when the adventurous future becomes the routine present?  The Bible is very clear that marriage is a divinely established covenant. When asked about marriage, You said “Haven’t you read the scriptures?” (Matthew 19:4)  A covenant means that one person holds up their end of the promise even when the other person falls short.  A marriage covenant is sealed with “as long as we both shall live”, not “as long as we like each other everyday.” A covenant tells us to walk away from the mix-up, not the marriage. The Bible teaches us that You, Lord, unite us together to become one flesh (Matthew 19:6).  You came up with the idea of marriage (Genesis 2:18), and Proverbs 18:22 says that a man who finds a wife finds a good thing. Lord, help me to see my marriage as a gift from You.  Help me to be a “good thing” for my husband. To paraphrase Song of Solomon 2:16, my husband is mine and I am his, dirty socks, leftovers, and all!