It’s July. The seventh month of 2011. In this month we will celebrate:
- Our nation’s 235th birthday
- Tom’s Dad’s 80th birthday
- Two of our grandchildren’s 2nd birthdays
- My 52nd birthday.
If miles were years this month would would be my annual mile marker. Only God knows how many years I have in this life, but it is up to me what I do with each year that passes.
We are grateful God led us to start our blog, and we are even more grateful for the friends we’ve made along the way. You are a very encouraging and inspiring audience. We have listened, laughed, planned, entertained, sympathized and prayed with many of you, and we thank God for every chance we’ve had to interact with you on-line or in person.
Why the vineyard theme?
Vineyards are as beautiful as they are productive. The Bible talks often of them in metaphors to teach us important lessons we need to learn. The vineyard idea came along without much forethought on our part. Since we had the privilege of visiting Southern France in 2007 we absolutely fell in love with the beautiful French countryside. Our logo picture is one we took on our morning walk while there. It seemed a perfect name for our new blog devoted to “help cultivate a rich harvest of ideas to help marriages grow.”
The Romantic Vineyard has been on-line for 2 years and 8 months now. Fairly established when it comes to the blogging world, but not so much when it comes to establishing a productive vineyard. Vineyards are as old as recorded history. There have always been a need for wine producing land, and the skill to know how to do it well was just as important. Vineyards have a lifespan as do we…
The age of the vines and producing life remaining, must certainly, be given some consideration; one should not be paying full value for vines in an ageing vineyard that will need to be replanted in a few years time. However, it is important to note that, not all, old vineyards, need immediate replanting: There are some old Zinfandel vineyards in California producing great wines, and remarkably, the vines still have enough energy left to continue producing quality fruit for decades to come.
(source: How To Buy A Vineyard)
As in a vineyard, so it is in marriage. By our culture’s standards we have been married a long time – 32 years, which is long enough to have earned a voice on marriage sharing what has and hasn’t worked for us. But we’re not the standard – Heaven Forbid! God’s Word alone is the standard that never changes with the passing seasons, trends or preferences. Although our marriage vineyard is aging, we pray it will never cease to produce fruit that glorifies God until we take our final breath.
“The whole goal of life should not be to end it in a well–preserved package – arriving at Heaven’s Gate lightly–used and slightly worn. Rather the goal should be to slide into Heaven, broad–sided, completely filled up and used up and exclaiming “Wow, what a ride!” (Author unknown)
There are endless metaphors in cultivating a vineyard that we can use in helping us grow our marriages strong in order to last a lifetime. If you are new to our site, take some time to look around in our various “rooms,” located in the top tabs of our home page. Our main desire was and is to make The Romantic Vineyard a rich resource for couples to come back to again and again for help, hope and ideas. The help and hope come from God, the ideas are from us and others we have come to know and respect in the process.
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