Saturday, September 2, 2023

This man You gave me...

 


I was washing my face before bed last night and realized the water was a bit cooler than normal.  I mentioned it to my husband, and he immediately took action.   He went downstairs to check out the boiler.  Within minutes he returned with a diagnosis and said he would replace the parts in the morning.

The next morning, we had hot water again.  No fuss, no muss.  Just done. 

Neither one of us thought about the skills it took to do that one action.  Except this morning as I sat with my coffee and pondered the previous events.  What a blessing it was to have a husband who has the incredible skillset that God gave him.

My husband and I renewed our vows this year.  We were blessed to share the moment with friends and family. The day was beautiful, and my husband looked extremely dapper in his suit and snakeskin boots.  Can I say dapper?  Is that word too old school? 

I mean honestly, look at this man.  He is quite dapper 😊

 


Either way, I was in love all over again as I walked toward him for our pictures before the event.  He was turned away from me for effect. 

That is what the photographers wanted us to do.  Personally, I just wanted to run to him, turn him around, and just kiss him.  Instead, I went with the more delicate approach and walked gently in my heels towards Carl until I was right behind him.




As I was walking towards him - my mind started to focus on all the things we had been through during our 13 years together and how God has knit us together as a couple.

Honestly, I never thought I would marry again after going through failed marriages.  I never thought I would be this happy.  I never thought I would see our lives where they are today. 

But God…

Together 13 years…

Married 10 years…

Involved, again, in United Marriage Encounter teaching other couples communication skills…

(This one is God’s sense of humor because we are often the poster children of what not to do.  He uses us in this ministry, so HE receives ALL the credit!)

Leaving everything behind and joining my husband in his business…

Involved with our church together as a team…

Working together in our business for over 6 years…

Are all moments great ones?  No, we are human.  We have days where there are misunderstandings and tears.  We have different personalities and different skills and thoughts.  Sometimes they blend nicely and other times… well we are both very headstrong... 😊

 

His skillset and gifts are so diverse yet so different from mine.  God gave me this man to complement me and my gifts.  God knew we needed each other for companionship and also to reach everyone together for Him.

We are a force – Together.



 As I walked hand in hand with Carl towards our pastor that day my mind wandered a bit.  We are getting older.  How many more moments will we have together on this earth?  We are not guaranteed a certain number of days.  I need to cherish each moment, each day as if it was my last one here with him.

It makes the difficult days and cold-water events easier to overcome.  Remembering moments like this. 

We get so caught up in our daily activities that we sometimes forget to enjoy the moments.  Relish the moments before they are only memories…

Write them down.  Hold them close to your heart.

Together…

 

Learn more about United Marriage Encounter here… www.umewny.com

 


Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you! Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you ; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you!

Song of Songs 1:2-4

 

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

Ephesians 5:31

 

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29

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