just another reason i love my husband…

He prays about everything and encourages me to do the same. It’s something he learned from his mother (I really wish I could have met her!). From a text exchange today:

…There’s a lot in our lives (and there always will be as long as we’re on this earth), but I know that prayer is the answer to it all and want us to always be praying for each other and all else.

I just realized that I posted about Paul last Wednesday. This may be a regular thing — Why I Love My Husband Wednesday. 🙂

just one of the reasons…

…that I love my husband:

He always reminds me that we’re on the journey NOW. We’re not waiting for our lives to settle down. THIS is our life, and we’re together, and we’re grateful. As he recently wrote to me in an email:

I’m not waiting for a time that you and I arrive at the ultimate peace and love in our lives, I’m enjoying it each day.

God knew just what I needed in a husband. I’m glad to travel up and down life’s hills and valleys with him holding my hand.

Grateful,

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God’s faithfulness

[A repost from August 2014]

On January 1, 2012, I began to read through the Bible using the 3650 plan. I had no idea on that first day of that year just how full of suffering 2012 would be. (Isn’t God good not to overwhelm us with future knowledge?) I used a brand new ESV Bible, and I marked it up, sometimes jotting a date beside a Psalm. Oh, what a treasure that Bible is to me! Immersing myself in Scripture was truly a means of grace that terrible year, and now I have such reminders of God’s faithfulness jotted in margins. It’s almost like a journal.

This particular Bible is fairly compact, so while I’m using a different one in my daily reading, I take this one to church. Last Sunday as I was flipping to the Psalm we were reading, I passed Psalm 57 and saw the note:

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Psalm 57 was the one I “happened” to read on that dark day as I worked my way through the 3650 plan. And how appropriate it was! Just look at God’s encouragement to me on that saddest of days:

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.

I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me.
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

My soul is in the midst of lions;
I lie down amid fiery beasts–
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

They set a net for my steps;
my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my way,
but they have fallen into it themselves.

My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!

Awake my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn!

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.

For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!

Oh, how good God is to us with His Word! This Psalm was true for David in the cave as he fled from Saul thousands of years ago, and it was true for a brokenhearted, grieving, and weak woman in southwest Georgia on a hot summer day in 2012. And it’s been true for countless believers in between and since.

I knew, even in the depths, that God was with me and for me, and I had to take every step in faith because I just couldn’t see how He would work out His plan for me. And, of course, I have no idea what’s coming, what other valleys He will lead me through.

That year I marked every reference to God’s steadfastness and faithfulness I came across because I clung to that aspect of His character. And He proved Himself over and over. He still does, even as He reminds me in this joyful season of life that He has been with me all the way — comforting me, strengthening me, and preparing me to meet Paul. It is good to look back and see how God fulfills His purpose for me.

I begin this Sunday full of joy and gratitude at how good my God has been to me. He was good to me in that valley, and He is good to me today. He is good all the time.

With a joyful heart,

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monday

No miscellany today for the two of you who were wondering. 😉 But my laptop is back in action now that Paul’s son has moved in and generously shared his charger until my new one arrives.

The past couple of weeks have been a challenge for a variety of reasons, but I’ve decided that I will focus on being grateful Here’s a little bit of what I’m thankful for these days, in no particular order:

~ I’m still enormously thankful for my large American washer and dryer. Two years of slowly and painfully doing laundry in Europe left their mark.

~ I’m grateful for my 6-year-old MacBook Pro. It still works great (the charger, not so much), and being without it for a few days reminded me how much I appreciate it.

~ I’m thankful to come home from work to find my husband getting the grill ready. We worked on supper together and enjoyed eating it together. We ran an errand together after supper, too.  I really enjoy spending time with my husband. I’m grateful for him.

~ I’m thankful for central air-conditioning.

~ Thank you, Lord, for pursuing me. You never give up on me. Ever. And you keep reminding me how much I need You.

~ I’m thankful for a job I enjoy.

I hope your Monday has been a good one!

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random thoughts

​~ Song lyrics with bad grammar are as cringe-worthy as nails on a chalkboard to me.

It’s just another reason why it always comes back to you and I…” That “I” makes me wince every single time.

~ In my opinion, a Prius is not so much a car as it is a device on which to display Obama and/or Hillary bumper stickers. Apparently I’m not alone. (Ha!)

lacroix~ LaCroix Cerise Limon is my favorite beverage these days.

~ A quick glance at the headlines these days is all I need to cry out for Jesus to return. This world is seriously messed up.

~ The phrase “Sell crazy somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here,” comes to mind.

~ I need a new series to binge-watch on Netflix. I just finished Damages. Any suggestions?

~ My sweet husband sent flowers to me at work today:

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~ The trains are out of control in Thomasville. It’s especially wonderful when they come to a complete stop on a major road right at 5 pm when I’m trying to get home.

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It’s been a week, folks. And, yes, I know it’s only Thursday.

Ciao,
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random thoughts

carocollageBefore I begin rambling, let me just say that 21 years ago today, I welcomed sweet baby Caroline into the world. And just last night, she got engaged!! I’m so happy and excited for her. 

And now, until I get more details on the upcoming nuptials, let the randomness begin:

~ I can’t get enough fresh peaches. Or okra. Not together, of course.

~ Now that I spend more time on the road, I’m even more annoyed with slow drivers in the left lane. Seriously, if everyone is passing you on the right, you’re doing it wrong! A couple of days ago I got boxed in by a slow car in front of me and one that insisted on driving along beside me for miles. My guess is that at least one of the drivers was on the phone.

~ Waiters who don’t write down our order don’t impress me. A correct order does.

~ Surely I’m not the only one tired of the “I’m offended” culture so prevalent today — especially on the internet. Just this week I saw it on an instagram pic put up by someone who is rather famous in some circles. It was a funny — darkly so — meme that I chuckled at and kept scrolling. Lots of folks left comments about how offended they were and that they were now unfollowing (that’s a modern word, isn’t it?) her account. I guess they’ve never heard the phrase “don’t take offense where none is intended.” And I guess they live super-insulated, cushy lives where they’re never confronted or challenged in their thinking. In my experience, life is jam-packed with unpleasantness, unfairness, and just plain old garden variety yuck. If you can’t just let at least some of it go or even laugh at it, you’re in for some misery — and probably not too much fun to be around.

~ It sure is nice being married to an IT guy. The wifi on my laptop has been dropping out every few minutes for days. I finally had Paul take a look and he fixed it right up — something about a duplicate IP address. Given his distaste for Apple products, it was an especially loving act.

~ Random thoughts, random photos:

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~ I’ve got a whole day (Lord willing!) stretching out ahead of me, with nothing scheduled. I need to do some regular chores around the house — with the music cranked up, but I also plan to get some stuff listed on eBay. I’m in a purging mood.

~ True confession: I finally saw Shrek for the first time last night. Yeah, I lost a bet, so now I have to watch 5 movies of Paul’s choice. 1 down, 4 to go.

~ And the word of the day is:

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…and that probably sums up this post. 😉

Happy Saturday!
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anne day

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Earlier this week my sweet husband informed me that today, July 3rd, was Anne Day (for an explanation, read the note at the bottom of this post).

As I tweeted last night, I was pretty excited about having a break from my before dawn alarm, but, of course, my eyes popped open at 5:00 a.m. on the dot. I powered through, though, determined to stay in bed longer. Next thing I knew it was almost nine. Nice!

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So far this morning, I’ve exercised (yay! 3 days in a row!) and am enjoying my first taste of dairy in over 30 days:

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So very delicious!

We’ve got some very loose plans for the rest of the day, and I’m taking my camera along. I love spending the day with the man that I love, and I love not having a schedule. Life is good, y’all.

Happy Friday!

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what’s going on

Well, it’s official: I’m a Florida resident again. We moved last weekend, and we’re both still recovering from the total chaos and exhaustion. My office is closed today, so I’m enjoying a day at home to put things in order. I can’t tell you how glad I am about that! When the nest is a mess, I can’t rest. 🙂

Paul and I are so very thankful that the move part is over. God graciously provided excellent weather (sunny and cool), and Paul’s son and three of his friends went above and beyond in heavy lifting and cheerful dispositions. As I shared on instagram, I walked about 9 miles inside my house on Saturday. I’m covered in bruises, and my hands and nails will take a while to recover from cleaning two houses.

But we’re in, even if we’re still digging out.

I’m still working in Thomasville (in a couple of months, I’ll begin working two days here in Tallahassee), so I have the best of both worlds. I’m looking forward to getting to know Tallahassee better, and Paul and I already have a list of restaurants we want to try.

So this Good Friday finds me very grateful — grateful for God’s lavish provision for me. He’s surrounded me with His people and shows me His loving care daily in countless ways, large and small. For me to ever utter a complaint shows me just how desperately my heart needs a Savior, and He has provided!

ephesiansI’ll leave you with this passage on Ephesians 2:4-7 from Sinclair Ferguson’s Let Study Ephesians! – a book I’m slowly working through:

The gospel truly reveals the deepest heartbeat of God towards us. Jesus’ work did not — nor did it need to — persuade an angry Father to love his wayward children. The atonement is not a form of inner-trinitarian blackmail. No: the Father loved us and did not spare his own Son for our salvation (Rom. 8:32); the Son loved us and ‘did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped…’ (Phil 2:6); the Spirit loved us (Rom. 15:30) and is not ashamed to indwell and sanctify us.

Why should it be so important for Paul to emphasize this? Because we can misinterpret ‘the gospel’ message to mean that God loved us because Christ died for us, as if the sheer amount of suffering he experienced made the Father relent of his hatred towards us and now begin to love us and be kind to us.

Our spiritual forefathers used to speak about the way Christians ‘live below the level of their privileges’. This is a case in point. If only we would settle our hearts on what the apostle says here about the character of God! Think about these three statements – they merit a lifetime of meditation:

1. God is rich in mercy.

2. God has loved us with great love.

3. God has shown kindness to us which expresses the immeasurable (the word is the root of our word ‘hyperbole’) riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.

Grateful!
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