“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!
“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:25 The Message
I was shocked to hear the new of the passing of my son’s t-ball coach. He was young, healthy and had a sudden heart failure after a workout. He left a beautiful wife and 5 children, the youngest of which is only 6.
So we gathered to celebrate the life of a great coach, a wonderful man in our community who has a wonderful family and who gave of his time and energy to young people through sports for over 15 years. He played ball for 30 years and coached over 800 kids throughout those years….the most overqualified t-ball coach there could have been:) My son played along side the coach’s son and he had a ball (pun intended). The coach was kind, encouraging and supportive to my son during this time in which my husband is deployed. At our closing party, he made special remarks about each player that were so funny, correct and insightful into each little guy. And he also talked about my husband’s service…there was not a dry eye at the park. “Who cries at a baseball party” is what he said. But that is how touching his heart was, so sincere, so genuine and without effort.
He will be missed by those closest to him, but even those of us who just knew him these few months, he made an everlasting impact. God bless his family!
“Do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 NIV
Nothing like seeing your children learn to defend themselves. I think physically, emotionally and spiritually, being strong and being able to guard & protect oneself and others is an amazing and necessary task.
“Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” Ruth 1:16-17 ASB
The book of Ruth is one of my all-time favorites because it is all about a woman’s loyalty, determination and capacity for provision. I have loved it so much so that inscribed on my husband’s wedding ring is “Where you go, I will go”. And with almost 5 moves in 9 years, I think I am keeping that promise!
It is a story of Ruth, a widow in a famine land, who receives the goodness and kindness of Boaz, the owner and harvester of a plentiful field. Rahab is Boaz’ mother and so Ruth becomes part of the genealogy of King David as well as Jesus. The plot is artfully constructed and exhibits a pronounced belief in the complete, but sometimes hidden provision of God that works in ordinary events. Brief as this book is and simple as it’s story, it is remarkably rich in its examples of faith, patience, culture & industry of the time, and kindness which is an indication of how God takes care of those who put their trust in Him.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burnt out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you will recover your life. I will show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me~watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I wont lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you will learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 Message Bible
Living freely and lightly…..that’s what I’m longing for in this time of change and busyness. Fortunately, I have a great husband, family and friends who show me the “unforced rhythms of grace” which is a great skill resulting from knowledge of God’s unconditional love. I am looking at my children to see how they take the “real rest” and enjoy themselves in every step they take.
“By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.” Hebrews 11:31 ASB
I have been reading the book of Joshua in which a woman named Rahab is discussed and is instrumental in saving God’s people by one simple act of hiding two godly men.
She was listed as a “harlot” or prostitute in the Bible. But she is a true hero to me because of her actions in the face of adversity. In the New Testament, Rahab is mentioned as a great example of faith and the book of Matthew aligns her lineage to Jesus. She is an example that God doesn’t just look at what we’ve done in the past (good or bad), but what we are capable of doing in our present & future. Sometimes, it’s just one small act of openness and strength to go against the culture that changes our future.