As far back as I can remember I’ve admired Ruth Bell Graham’s devotion to her husband and family. She’s always reminded me of the woman in Proverbs 31 – the woman I’ve always hoped to be.
Since I’ve gone through a divorce, I appreciate her strength and stamina even more. (This isn’t one of those “it was all his fault” stories, much as I wish it were. I fully claim my responsibility.) But even during those tumultuous times, when I was failing miserably at marriage, Ruth Bell Graham remained my mentor. It just takes me a while to learn. 🙂
I looked to her as a role model, as a woman who loved her husband, even when I’m sure she didn’t feel like it, (we all have those times, don’t we?) and yet she soldiered on with beauty and grace. Through her life, I’ve come to know that love is not just a feeling. It’s a choice. And learning that has made me one extremely happy, grateful, and blessed wife today. Thank you Ruth.
“The fact is that both husband and wife are rough when the marriage begins. They shape each other through the trials and struggles they face together. When a couple falls to their knees and prays together, that is where true shaping takes place. Those who abandon ship the first time it enters a storm miss the calm beyond. And the rougher the storms weathered together, the deeper and stronger real love grows.” -Ruth Bell Graham
In the Parade Magazine that comes tucked inside my newspaper, there was an article on how to make a marriage last. A couple who had been married for twenty years had words of advice that not only applies for marriage, but for all relationships, and I thought it so profound that I wanted to mention it here.
“Listen twice as much as you talk, and before you speak, consider: Is this true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?”
WOW and AMEN!
Have a beautiful day!
My top three for the week:
3.) An out-of-the-blue phone call from a childhood friend who now lives in Montana. What fun to catch up!
2.) My shipment of books arriving yesterday! Oh for the excitement! 🙂
1.) My son and his wife asking me to be a witness to their marriage. What an honor! Yes, I cried. 🙂 They got married in the courthouse a year ago and are now having their big “church wedding.”
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
What are your top three – or even one – for the week?
Top three things I’m especially grateful for this week:
1.) The act of service I’ve chosen to do for the Lenten season that enhances my prayer life and closeness to God.
2.) The unexpected text message from my married son filling me in on my granddaughter and letting me know I was in his thoughts. What a blessing!
3.) Laughter and joy shared with my husband. Who knew marriage could be such an amazing partnership? 🙂
What blanketed your heart with warm gratitude this week?
May you be aware of the endless blessings that surround you this next week.
All is Grace.