Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Thankful Thursday -

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I have not participated in Thankful Thursday is quite a while. I have missed everyone so much. Please forgive me for not posting or most importantly, visiting my dear blogging friends. Please know that I whole-heartedly appreciate all your encouraging words whether through blog comments, facebook, or email. You have no idea just how much you mean to me.
Today is my sister Marsha and her hubby, Michael, 36th Wedding Anniversary. I am so thankful for my big sis. Through her I came to know our Lord and Savior when I was 12 years old. We grew up in a tumultuous home, with parents who certainly were not examples of a godly and loving marriage; but through the prayers of our great-grandmother and others, Marsha and I married God fearing, patient, loving men who love us in spite of ourselves and our upbringing. Happy Anniversary Michael and Marsha!
It’s no wonder two months after Marsha married I followed behind and married the man that showed me unconditional love. Through the years we have had our ups and downs. We have faced the loss of a baby, separation through military deployment, turbulent teen years with our daughter, mental illness, homelessness, unemployment, loss of home, death of fathers and his mother, cross country ministry relocations, seen marriages healed, wayward children come home, seen souls saved and lives changed. Through all this one thing has been a constant in the past 25 years – the decline of my health. Many a husbands would have left long ago or at least denied to do some of the things my dear husband has had to endure, but through it all Jim has chosen to see it as a privilege and an honor to minister to my physical needs!
This past weekend my husband shared with me something amusing that happened to him while doing my laundry at the Laundromat. The day before Jim had just done our laundry, but after he came home I decided to go through my closet and found that my summer clothes had been damaged through a leak we previously had in our closet. Like a trouper, Jim went back to the Laundromat the next day with my summer close. As he was getting my clothes out of the dryer, he carefully folded each item and placed them in the basket. He noticed that two old ladies were watching him and whispering to each other. Finally one of the ladies spoke up and asked, “Are you one of those cross-dressers?” Jim said he was stunned, but he joked back, “No, I gave that up a few years ago, these belong to my wife – see she is disabled and I like to do things to help her.”
Yes, Jim thought it was quite amusing, but at the same time some husbands would come home and say they would never do your laundry again! Jim’s reaction – “Honey, I think I will be the talk of our new neighborhood!” Then he laughed!

Thank you my dearest hubby for taking our wedding vows seriously – “In sickness and in health, for better and for worse – for richer and for poor - till death do us part.”

I am so thankful my Lord gave me Jim almost 36 years ago. The Lord knew just want I needed then and now!
To listen to this video, please mute my playlist at the bottom left side of my blog. Thank you.


luvmy4sons said...

What a great story. What a great gift you have in your husband. Blessings.

Karen said...

Such a sweet blessing you received in your husband....

Nancie said...

Hi Michele,

So glad you joined us this week. We have missed you :)

Love this sweet story. Thank God for blessing you with a kind and loving husband. He is such a treasure from God. May God continue to bless both of you. Happy Anniversary to Michael and Marsha. May God bless them too.

Warm regards,

Denise said...

Enjoyed your precious story, love you.

bp said...

I love that song When God Made You.

praying for you and your family tonight.


Unknown said...

Oh Michele,

Girl. I am laughing out loud. You hug that man of your for me and you know I adore Marsha.

I’m finally getting around to read your praises. Thank you for joining our TT and honoring our Lord. See you again this Thursday. Hugs, Lynn