Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I am not a massive foodie. Don’t get me wrong I like family meals together not so much because I like food but because I love family. Between the Christmas Creep and the Black Friday Seep I think many of us have forgotten that giving thanks is more than a holiday is an act of our will. It’s the result of a heart that is regenerated.
In this era of tabloids and blogs it seems that every celebrity out there changes spouses with the regularity that is recommended to you by your auto mechanic in regards to your mini-vans oil. It’s refreshing to say the least when you hear of celebrities bucking the trend. My wife was reading through a magazine of her’s and came to this short article that although the advice may be a bit basic, I found it encouraging because it was someone who is famous focusing on what really matters.
Here are a few pointers that Harry had that makes his marriage strong that I think are instructive for us all.
All ministers will be called upon often to pray in public. But public prayer can never be a substitute for private prayer. Private prayer is a basic feature of the Christian life and thus a key aspect of preparation for public ministry. Methodist preacher E. M. Bounds once wrote, “Some Methodist preachers pray too short in private and too long in public. As a rule, private prayers ought to be long and public ones short….” One who is not in intimate personal contact with God cannot lead God’s people into his presence.
We are like a seed patiently waiting in the earth waiting to come up a flower in the gardeners good time up into the real world the real waking. I suppose our whole real life looked back on from there will seem like a drowsy half waking. We are here in the land of dreams the cock-crow is coming.
Today I celebrate 15 years of marriage to my beautiful wife Sandra. When you have been married to someone for 15 years you really begin to know them. I am grateful to say that I am more in love with Sandra today 15 years from the day we said “I do.” We have trust, love and forgiveness that only is a result of our trust in a Savior that both loves us and forgives us far more than we deserve. There are so many things about my wife I love an appreciate but if I could boil them all down to one thing it would be that she loves me. Every girl I had met before her liked the thought of me more than actually loving me for me. I love that Sandra loves me for me. When I fall short, when I fail and when I succeed she rejoices and cries with me.
I could not ask for a better partner in life, ministry and the Gospel. She is my proofreader, my stupid thought squasher, my cheerleader, my comforter, my refuge in tough times. She is my lover, my friend and I grow in my love for her as I have the privilege to daily lay my life down for her.
Sandra if there is one idol I struggle with more than anything it would be you and our kids. I continue to ask God for the grace to love you and our kids in a way that is found in Him. That He would be my treasure and as He is everything to us that our love for each other would only grow sweeter.
Baby you mean the world to me!