Good morning Beloveds,
Happy Valentines almost.
The month of love, makes me reflect on what is true love. God's word says in Corinthians 13:1-13
That love is patient, Love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, love never fails.
The best place to test this love is in a marriage. I know my husband and I have fallen short of this many of times, but we are better at recognizing our sin, repent and ask for each other’s forgiveness. It doesn’t always happen right away, sometimes we have to bring it up to each other to let the other spouse know how much it hurt us and then give them the opportunity to say I’m sorry and other times Holy spirit does the work which is sometimes better, because when Holy spirit convicts it causes you to truly repent and go to your spouse in humility to ask for forgiveness.
I am no expert at this, but I have learned that I cannot even love perfectly without Gods love and grace. I can't do anything without Him.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12
Last week in our marriage workshop someone asked me how long have you guys been married? I said 25 years this September, and we’ve been together for 29 years almost 30. My goodness where has the time gone? I just can’t fathom that. I have grown to love my husband more and more with each passing year. I can’t imagine my life without him. We have gone through some rough years, but God has been faithful to us. We have learned without the trials and testing’s you just don’t grow.
Sometimes we need to be put under the fire to wake up from our slumber, sober up, grow up and suck it up.
And we have also had sweet years of enjoying life together. We both love to take road trips and enjoy exploring new destinations. We are able to travel more in this season of our life and we enjoy being in each other’s presence.
We have a lot in common and I am trying new things with him like deer hunting and doing more of the things he likes, one of them being is going to the shooting range. We will be doing that more this new year, God wills.
We used to go target shooting in our early dating years so need to get back to the fun stuff that we both can enjoy.
I have learned you have to be willing to give of yourself, your time and try new things that your spouse enjoys.
Here are a few pictures from our favorite trips and activities.