“Find a good spouse, you find a good life – and even more the favor of God!” Proverbs 18:22 The Message
So the day finally came………….
Lots of preparation, planning, organizing and of course, personal grooming!
I thank God for our reunion that was better than could be imagined. At our tiny airport, we had the local news station present, Operation Welcome Home committee and about 100 people who consisted of military members, friends from church, kids’ school families, neighbors, etc. It was a wonderful sight with flags, banners, live music (cello, piano and guitar from kids music teachers), patriotic cake pops for kids and more than anything….gratitude and excitement!
God bless all the families who continue to be apart right now, who had a loved one come home different from when they left or who never had their love come home at all!
As any challenging time in one’s life, you learn a lot about yourself…..you make mistakes but you do better, you make friends and you learn how to be a friend, you love and miss your spouse yet you learn you can do things that you’ve never done on your own….most of all, you appreciate life and all the fullness therein. Thank God that my husband is home!
“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life will be given over to the Lord.” I Samuel 1:27 – 28 NIV
I recently converted some videos to DVD and going over the memories in just these short few years was heart-wrenching. What a journey we’ve already been on in these years and in our many locations. I’m excited to see what’s ahead, but reminded how I need to enjoy each day to the fullest because it goes so quickly.
I see what my children have accomplished in this year and during this time of deployment…..learning of other cultures, math skills going up to multiplication, reading classic literature (which is amazing for oldest’s age), science experiments, etc. But more than anything is that I see them grow in their love and understanding.
They have made friends and have felt love for them. My oldest has felt sad as we begin to depart this location…the first of these feelings for him. And I’m grateful that he is learning to experience the good with the bad of life and learning to handle each side with grace, strength, wisdom and most importantly, love!
“Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” Galations 6: 7-8 MSG
I grew up hearing “What a man sows, that shall he reap.” And I’ve always see it true in my life and in the life of others. So we’ve seen the movie, The Lorax (http://www.theloraxmovie.com/index.php) twice so far and it truly gets better every time. Whether someone receives the message of being an environmentalist, not losing yourself to ego or greed, the ramifications of selfishness, thinking of the future, what you would do for love or even the spiritual principle of saving mankind, no one can deny the effect of sowing and reaping.
My favorite lines from the movie:
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better – it’s not.”
“How bad can I be? I’m just doing what comes naturally. I’m just following my destiny”.
“Let them grow! Let them grow!”
“God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 NIV
I have always loved this scripture, but when I became a parent, it began to mean even more. Any good parent would protect their children, try to mend them and take care of their injuries. My first instinct is never to scold them for getting hurt, never lecture them or make them feel badly, but to love and comfort them. Now if they need to be reminded or taught a lesson about staying safe, I will do it. But it’s out of love, concern and protection.
I have to remind myself of those feelings when I go to God brokenhearted or wounded….He will not be the parent who says, “I told you so” or “Look what you’ve done”. He will be the one to wrap His arms around me, love me, comfort me and help me learn a lesson. Thank goodness!
“The sun can break through the darkest cloud; love can brighten the gloomiest day.” William Arthur Ward
“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119:76 NIV
We live in a society where “love” fails at times due to our imperfect humanity. As much as we love our children, I’m not a perfect parent and as much as I love my husband, I’m not a perfect wife. I have failed at times in all areas. And even as much as I love God and people around me, I know I that I fall short.
So “unfailing” love is an amazing concept to me and admittedly, difficult to get my head around. Keeping promises and unfailing love do provide me comfort in the scariest and uncertain of circumstances and for that, I am grateful.
“Satisfy us in the morning with Your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14 ESV
So I am not a morning person….my husband says that I didn’t know that 6 came twice a day and he’s right! Even in my career, I would ensure my work time was later in the day. My children take after me and they are not early risers, thank goodness. But left on our own, it’s a modern-day miracle to get us out of the house everyday. So I have had to get this “hot mess” together over here, get organized, go to bed early (or try) and feel “satisfied”….what I would consider content I think…not in a rush, but with hope and great expectancy for the day.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9 NLT
So really, no one knows? Wow. I like to feel that I have high expectations, can imagaine the impossible and wish for the stars, but I’m humbled that God has prepared such great things for those who love him. I will think twice next time I settle for 2nd best in anything. It’s not a testament to us, but to how much God loves us. I think of how much I love my children and I often ponder the dreams I have in my heart for them. Yet I know that it couldn’t even compare to how much God loves us.
Forgive me for worrying and I trust the plans you have for us!