Ok… this is NOT a quality pic… EXCEPT for that super sexy man! =) I don’t always take AMAZING pix 😉 – but I am ALWAYS taking pix! A L W A Y S !
In this pic we’ve been married about 35 years… and this apartment building is where we began our marriage. This place has so many NOT fun memories for me. AND yet so MANY memorable memories!
We lived next door to a prostitute. We LOVED her… she was such a cutie – but I was too focused on how miserable I was to share JESUS with her =(
We also lived next door to a young newlywed couple -like us- that fought ALL. THE. TIME. Oh how I HURT for them! Again… I was too focused on ME to share JESUS with them =(
When I saw this pic today… as I was going thru OLD pix again… I knew I had to use it! I just finished reading Jennifer Smith’s new book “Unveiled Wife” – and it brought back so many memories of our first year of marriage – that were NOT fun. I don’t really want to relive them either… BUT God is a redeemer… MY redeemer.
This pic… IS the redeeming factor… MY husband, Chuck. Jesus IN his life… redeemed me! 37 years now… I am BLESSED! Chuck made the FIRST move in our marriage to redeem it… and oh how I am THANKFUL for that! I was too proud, or naive, or blind… to even think I needed to BE redeemed!
GOD. The ONLY one that redeems! He uses people in our lives to LOVE on us, to STRETCH us, to point us TO Jesus! Chuck pointed me TO Jesus… the REAL Jesus.
Lord, MY LORD, thank YOU for LOVING me in spite of ME. AND I am truly thankful for the life YOU have given me… the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY… and I am truly BLESSED for ALL of it! I need ALL of it to realize how much I need YOU! How can I thank YOU for the biggest blessing in my life, Chuck… except to LIVE, truly LIVE for YOU! I LOVE YOU!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.