Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. – Ephesians 6:18 /NLT
I couldn’t be who I am without the husband God gave me, nor my daughter, and so many others. But will focus on my precious two.
John made me smile the first time I saw him. One of my intuitions was that he was loved well by his parents.
He passed that love on to me with attention and humor.
Twice he has blindfolded me and taken me on surprise trips!
One of those times he drove around a rotary many times so that I would not know the direction we were going on for our vacation.
The other time, he drove around the city in many directions. It was a crazy ride, then he headed out west.
We ended up in Ruidoso, NM.
He said, “Do you want to spend the night here”?
“Sure,” I replied, Ruidoso being one of my favorite childhood vacation memories.
Ok, it’s actually Taos, New Mexico. Surprise!”
I was thrilled anyway!
Then he responded, “Surprise again! We’re here”!
That’s so John!
There’s so much more I could say about him; the support I’ve received in my life, for my parents, for my siblings, and then in exchange, his accepting my love and his family’s accepting my love as well.
I am also thankful for our daughter.
She’s spunky, asks great questions, is satisfied if we can’t answer them all, a good daughter – but yes, a human daughter and stretches us, as well as a good friend to many and is one of the most loving people I know.
One of my favorite scenes is watching John and MJ interact.
They joke, she accepts his wisdom about life, especially boys – a girl’s best defense – they cook well together, play soccer almost identically and both love God.
It’s a wife and mother’s dream.
Are we perfect? Only by God’s grace, for He has covered much in each of us. Is all 100%? Only because God is merciful, for His mercy has provided so much.
Do we get scared? Have lows? Treated unfairly? Yes, but as my “cousin” Tom Norton has painted so beautiful a picture, in the span of eternity, life is a dot.
God is the great equalizer, and we are trusting Him more deeply as a family and learning how to support each other and our loved ones better everyday on this dot of an experience. For it is all we have now, while looking into a hopeful future.
Nearly every night is filled with the tradition of mentioning the three blessings of the day for each of us. We then end our days with petitions and thanksgivings to God.
I thank God for my husband and the family God’s created by our coming together. It keeps me on my knees always, and I am so thankful that God listens.