Love Query

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Well, today is Valentine’s Day and yesterday morning I wrote the poem I am  sharing today. Words have been coming less often lately, but I am grateful when God inspires words from within. One of the songs going through my mind this week has been “Good, Good Father”. We sang it for worship at church Sunday. You know, it’s a funny thing about how God weaves together our faith lives in time…how important it is for us to gather our imperfect selves together and sing, pray and hope in the One who is Love. How He holds us together through the joys and sorrows we will know in our brief lives…and how he counts our tears as precious…He never turns away.  No matter how many injustices we suffer, may we remember He’s a Good Good Father ….always.

 

I pray this poem is a blessing to you today!

 

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He Said, She Said and What Really Happened

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It’s the month of roses, red, chocolate and hearts. Bonnie, at Faithbarista has given us the prompt “Love” to write about and share. I have been thinking back to the  early days- pre-marriage, in light of Valentine’s Day, and thought I would join in with a loving, but humorous look back.  I hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane with my hub and I back to our first “get together” as friends.

Here’s what I remember: 

 Our first date. It wasn’t really a date. It was mutually agreed beforehand that it was not a date. Clearly. At least that is how I remember it. It was just a night out to see a movie. In a faraway land, that I knew not. In Rhode Island. Smallest state in the United States. Just sayin’.

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1 Corinthians 13 for Real Life Marriage (Featured Guest Post by Melanie Wilson)

A real life marriage! 

It is that day of days for Love, and I had asked if any of my lovely sisters would be willing to share a special post on their very own Love History…a post dedicated to or about their significant other (Let Me Count The Ways (My Hubby is Awesome) Link Up. Well I was blessed by each one I read, from Mattresses and Marriage to Sneezes and Goofy Grins, I was encouraged by the ladies who stepped up and wanted to shout THANK YOU- you bless me with your faithful friendship, camaraderie, wisdom and words! Melanie has a place called Psycho With Six. Now that is a subtle name for a blog! But I really just got a kick and SMILE as I read her take on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Here it is and I dare you to NOT smile! 
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My husband and I were married 20 years ago today. I shared how I found unexpected love on my personal blog. Like millions of couples, we included 1 Corinthians 13 as part of our ceremony. I love this passage of Scripture still, but I see it differently now that I have experienced real marriage–not the romance-novel kind. Here are verses 4-7 for real.

Love is patient.

It doesn’t explode when it discovers you’ve driven through the grass when the ground is wet. Well, actually it does, but it forgives.

Love is kind.

It doesn’t suggest you just take a shower or workout when you have the body-ache-and-ready-to-die kind of flu. Well, actually it does at first, but it learns. It offers to get you medicine instead.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It doesn’t suggest you aren’t qualified to play mixed doubles tennis and never will be. Well, actually it does, but at least it admits there are players much worse than you.

It does not dishonor others.

It doesn’t make you feel like a fool for buying the latest and greatest gadget that falls apart the first week. Well, actually it does, but it apologizes.

It is not self-seeking.

It doesn’t want to know what’s for dinner when you’ve had a hard day. Well, actually it does, but when it discovers how worn out you are, it takes you out to eat.

It is not easily angered.

It doesn’t get upset over a mess. Well, actually it does. It blows its top without getting the whole story, but than it laughs at itself when the explanation is given.

It keeps no record of wrongs.

It doesn’t remember the last time you ordered way too many pizzas for the party. Well, actually it does, but it’s willing to give you another chance.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It doesn’t snicker when it discovers you’re wrong about something you were certain of. Well, actually it does, but it gets you to laugh at yourself.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

It doesn’t let you learn the hard way, doesn’t stop believing in you, doesn’t divorce you. Actually it doesn’t.

I thank God for the 1 Corinthians 13 love He gave me 20 years ago and pray we have at least 20 more years of real life marriage. Happy Anniversary, Mark! Thanks for loving me.

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Thanks, Melanie, for that sweetly done fun take on Love and Marriage! Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! May God Bless each one of you in your marriages as He continues to live and move and have His being in YOU, being glorified as we each yield to HIS good and perfect will. 

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The First Date (His Version…Finally)

Even though he refuses to ask for directions, I think I’ll keep him.
He’ll do just fine! One of my fave pics of him, on our wedding day.
twenty years after the day we met we finally tied the knot!
So a year ago I started a bunch of posts about the my hubby and my “history”….I kind of just left off mid way. So here we are a year later, and I am finally sharing…somewhat, his version of that first outing that will forever be known to us as The Night They Got Lost on What was NOT a FIRST DATE. 

Here it is:
What he “remembers”: 
He was driving his 1976 convertible, silver, Buick Le Sabre (oh, please stop me…just taking notes here) 
which his dad had purchased from his aunt as his first car. 
He picked me up at my grandmother’s home.
He was nervous about meeting my Italian Grandma, having already had his own!
He had on his long blue Pea Coat (what guy remembers this?) with mints in his pocket (really?).
 We went to the movie-after which, at some point (he admits) he drove the wrong way out of the parking lot
We ate at a restaurant that had a toy train that went around a track that circled the dining area near the ceiling.
He remembers we took a “left ” out of the restaurant and stopped at a hotel to get directions (If we had been married, we would have driven in circles till the cows came home-no married man will ever ask for directions. Certainly he would not allow me to ask either. It’s like accepting defeat. We have had more driving scenarios with me begging to just stop at a gas station to ask and him smugly refusing.)
I (not he) went into the hotel to ask for directions. (God’s prophetic humor is woven into our story from the start-CLEARLY). 
Says he: “We had only needed to take a right out of the parking lot to get back home.” (Notice how he has brought up directions three times? This is absolutely a male fixation. They must know where they are going. If they don’t, they refuse to admit it and/or ask for directions)
He got home after curfew and his dad was waiting up for him. His dad didn’t believe the story about us getting lost in Westerly BUT “big brother” stuck up for him because he confirmed the restaurant with a train did really exist. 
Dad took the car away from him for two weeks. 
Seriously, my version is better, but I’ll keep him anyway. He’s a keeper for sure, and I love that guy. Maybe I’ll even buy him a new Pea Coat for his birthday (and even throw some mints in the pocket!)
Here is “My Version” of our “first date”.

It’s not too late!

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Let Me Count The Ways { My Husband is Awesome Link up}


 PLEASE Join me to link up all of the reasons our Hubby’s are awesome 
February 3rd-13th! 

Write up a post and come link up to celebrate our men! 

Honestly  I do this because I know I am guilty of not appreciating my hubby as much as he deserves, so let’s join together in an exercise of honoring our hubs and God by focusing on the many wonderful attributes we take for granted daily and sing out the praises of our great guys and faithful God for providing them! 

I will choose one of the linked Husband posts to be shared on my blog in full as a special Valentine feature. 

 It can be short and sweet, 
lengthy, 
in letter form to him,
 or a few points or bullets, 
sappy, 
silly,
 dry
 or poignant
!
 I promise this exercise will be a wonderful gift to your hub, yourself and God!

See my first “My Husband Is Awesome” post  HERE. The Remix HERE
Now let’s have some fun counting the ways!
Don’t forget to LINK back to us- so we can share the love!

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