I receive a daily devotional through my email from a website called http://www.proverbs31.org/. It always seems relevant to what I am going through at the time. Today, I thought I would post the devotional as a way to show appreciation for my husband. This story and the components reflect what is going on in our lives right now in some way, and I hope when he reads this he can how grateful I am for him. We both have our faults, but I know God HAD and HAS a great plan, He knew ALL this would happen even before we spoke on the phone from Iraq the first time. It is also awesome to read God's great plan unfolded in this message, and how unconditional His love is for us. Enjoy...
"Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 1 Corinthians 13:7
When I was pregnant with our second son, Tyler, I was not at my best. Actually, I was a mess. We lived in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, at the time, a lovely but really hot place for a pregnant lady. I was hot all the time and cranked our air-conditioner down so low that condensation formed on the windows. I was huge and uncomfortable.
Tyler ended up being a big baby—9 pounds, 15 ounces—but that doesn't justify the other 40 pounds I gained.I was hungry all the time but easily nauseated, so cooking anything involving raw meat was not an option. I was also tired, so after teaching and getting little Zachary tucked in early, I was done for the day. When trying to go to sleep, I so on became very sensitive to any outside noises, so we nailed several blankets over our windows, attempting to muffle the noise.I pity my husband, Scott, for having to live with me during that pregnancy. Amazingly, he loved me with kindness, patience, and long suffering. Although we joke now that he earned many jewels in his heavenly crown during that pregnancy, I needed to be sure of his love during that time.That's a kind of love that only a husband or wife can give. A love that sees the good, the bad, and the ugly and still says, I love you now, and I'll always love you. I am sure Scott thought then and has thought many times since that he married a crazy lady, but he has loved me unconditionally.
A Christian marriage reflects God's love, a covenant love. God's covenant love does not depend on anything we do or don't do. God's love just is. In the same way, a Christian couple demonstrates this covenant love as they remain committed to each other during hard times. Their commitment does not depend on pleasant circumstances. In other words, their love is not conditional, as so many marriages in today's world are. A covenant love promises, "till death do us part," and perseveres in the hard times.A covenant love, loves always.
Dear Lord, thank You for my spouse. We want a marriage that reflects Your kind of commitment, Lord, the kind that lasts forever. Remind us, especially in the hard times, that we made a promise to each other and to You to be committed for a lifetime. Holy Spirit, please work in me so I will be the first to forgive and the first to say I'm sorry. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
I can't wait to see our babies on Wednesday. Our appointment is at 9:30 am, and we will see growth on each baby and at that time will be 30 1/2 weeks!