We sat across from each other talking. He reached for his napkin and started ripping it. I curiously and quietly watched. His fingers tore pieces from the napkin and set them aside. When he was done, he quietly extended to me…a heart.
Are you a collector? I Google what people collect and here are the top ten:
3) Video Games
I collect cards…Birthday, Valentine Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Anniversary Cards; funny ones, romantic ones, the ones that play music, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse ones. Sometimes, I receive two, a funny one and a romantic one. They stay up for one or two weeks, then I gather them up, the one I received and gave, read them again, and place them in a shoe box. A collection that started with a napkin made into a heart.
This year, the shoe boxes will hold nineteen years of cards celebrating married life with my husband.
Our married life…nineteen years of family commitment and love, the ability to compliment each other’s strengths and weaknesses, blended family bonding, acceptance of each child as they grow to adulthood, exchanges with the ex’s, career changes, school events, teenager shenanigans, milestone celebrations, summer vacations, birth celebrations, grieving deaths, facing failures, savoring successes, family gatherings, outings with friends, traveling – all life events.
I am also celebrating a deeper faith walk. In the moments of anxiousness and confusion, honoring God and my husband was my desire. In His way, God provided the encouragement and wisdom that lets me know that I am on the right path.
“…. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!”
Revelation 2:4 (NLT)
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
No matter what the day holds, I remember God’s goodness and I recognize the love I have for Him and walk in that love. I extend that same honor to my husband.
My husband extended me his heart, his smile and laughter, his love for dance, his adventurous spirit, and a mutual belief in family commitment and love…gold nuggets. These gold nuggets, God’s love and grace in our life, and the love that we have shared are intertwined providing us with confidence to allow me to go where the Lord calls me. As I walk out the door, he sends me off with words that give me peace, because I know I have his heart and he is at peace.
Regardless of where you are in your marriage and even to the single ones, be confident that the Lord is doing a good work in you and always remember the love you have for one another. You’ll make the right choices.
Growing in God’s Grace,