Bursting With Joy

Have you ever felt so full of joy you felt as if you would bust?  I’m so there!  Yesterday was a memorable day for many reasons…

  1. Tom surprised me with an afternoon at a beautiful spa in the mountains of Southern California.
  2. I was wished “a happy birthday” from friends far and near.
  3. I was called on the phone by all my family members in one day.
  4. God gave us a perfect day – weather wise.

Yes, it was memorable, and I am very grateful to God and many of you for making so.

Graphic by: Hi5comments

This week is another opportunity to make memorable moments together as husband and wife.  It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of life where what is of most importance gets snuffed out by the urgent.

I spoke with a man at a conference recently who said, “Right now I’m completely focused on being a dad – I don’t have time to focus on being a husband!” 

How sad to choose one responsibility over the other.

God has promised to help us in our time of need.  This includes being completely “there” for both your children and your spouse.  We can’t sacrifice our marriage on the altar of our children.  Nor can we sacrifice our children on the altar of our marriage.  We must purpose to do both with faithfulness and integrity.  God knows this is a tall order indeed, this is why He wants us to depend on Him for the strength and help to do it all well.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  – Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV

This is normally our Mark Your Calendar post, but since we’re still away it was difficult to research all that is happening this week back home.  We offer Theresa Johnson’s About Orlando website to you – she is one of the sources we draw from for this post.  If you are wanting to see what is happening around O-town this week – she’ll be sure to have it posted on her site.

This is post #18 in The Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday in July.

About Debi Walter

Face it, marriage is hard work. But when cultivated daily the fruit produced will satisfy for a lifetime. We're here to help with ideas and encouragement along the way. Having been married 40 years and counting, we share what we've learned with practical tips, Biblical Truths, Date night ideas to help you plow your own vineyard for God's glory.
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2 Responses to Bursting With Joy

  1. Lori says:

    LOVE your picture – such a happy visual of you and your love!

    Robert and I have always chosen to put each other before our kids. From when they were first born, we knew they’d grow up and leave to live their own lives. And though it was our focus to put our marriage first, I’ve never really thought about it as “putting our kids second… hmmm.

    I like your paragraph about:

    “We can’t sacrifice our marriage on the altar of our children. Nor can we sacrifice our children on the altar of our marriage. We must purpose to do both with faithfulness and integrity. God knows this is a tall order indeed, this is why He wants us to depend on Him for the strength and help to do it all well.”

    You got me thinkin’…

    Like

    • Debi Walter says:

      I’m glad to have someone else thinking about this with me. I’ve had adverse reactions from people when they think I’m saying kids aren’t important. That isn’t the case – it’s just a matter of priorities. Our kids are VERY important. God gave them to us as a blessing and great responsibility. BUT, and it’s a big BUT – they can’t rule the home, and our decisions can’t revolve solely around them. We’ve seen marriages fall apart after two decades simply because they only fed their role as parent to the neglect of their role as spouse.
      Thanks, Lori!

      Like

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