Monday, August 28, 2006

A Valued Marriage

Lately I have felt that familiar tug of the heartstrings pulling me toward home. Covenantal strings is what I've come to call them -- tied on a wedding day, established in those early days through care and purposed living, strengthened by choices that sacrifice my will for the betterment of the whole, and maintained with continued sacrifice, care, and purposed living.

I would have thought that 28 years later the safety of our covenant vows was a given, but statistics and real life reveal the fallacy of such thinking. Until my last day I will need to give myself to this thing called marriage and home. Investment is ongoing and needed. This is not maintenance free. Is anything in this world completely mainenance free? And since this is viewed by God as a top priority for maintenance, I guess I better view it that way, too.

So close to home I will hover. With cool weather on its way, this is a good season for hunkering down anyway.

There's no place like home.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am also looking forward to a time of "hunkering down." I just love the fall and all that it brings!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly with your post. Thanks. I am still struggling with that lack of motivation- but you are right on when you sensed enthusiasm coming (yes!) even from me. I realize that you were also right when you guessed I was needing rest. I thought perhaps after I discovered this that God would provide that rest. Instead, He blessed me far beyond what rest could have done. In fact, immediately after I "figured it out", I heard about Pator Daniel coming as well as two children that neded to come and stay for a night or two. Ten hours of sleep in four days! And guess was exactly what I needed. I selfishly asked God for rest and he gave me precisely what I needed to get beyond myself...stories of a wife and mom in a war-torn land of poverty & violence, waiting patiently with faith for her husband to return home from the US. He will return to her with speakers to blast the message of Christ to a hurting and hopeless village. He will return with a solar panel that will run a projector to how the Jesus film and other films about Christ's love. He will return with a new love for his people as he (with prayers, counsel, and his won trust in God) was able to resist the temptations of America...greed, want, waste, etc. What an opportunity for me. This is something totally new to me, not to you. Something I pray will be a part of our lives for a long, long time...thanks again for your encouraging words to me. We are all doing so great here.

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