Happy Birthday to my husband.
Today is your birthday. 45 years old. I imagine your mother bringing you home and you growing and learning. Learning to walk and talk, learning to ride your bike. I think of you going through school and the struggles that you had. I think of your teenage years, and the rebellion and the paths that we both took, me a couple of years later because hey, I am younger. (Grins) But through all of this, the good and the bad, God has used to sculpt you, chisel you, mold you, into the man He brought into my life. This year of being still is as much a part of you as well. You enable me to be still.
Scripture talks about men being as Christ and women being the church and you strive every day to do that for me.
To honor, to protect, to guide and to provide.
Like the ball tethered to a paddle, you stay steady while I bounce all over the place, but as long as the band is attached, I can go anywhere but I always come home. And no matter what, you are there. You have been the personification of what it means to “be still”. Your calmness and your ability to show me perspective in different situations is a precious gift that I find hard to explain.
1 Peter 3:7
New International Version (NIV)
7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
So many women are offended by this wonderful verse but for me, it fills my heart with love for you and love for my God. God instructs husbands to be considerate and treat wives with respect because we are the weaker partner… I was so lost in what the world said about marriage and relationships before God became the center of our marriage. We both have had two failed marriages before we found each other and I know for me I had no idea what it meant to be a wife as God wanted me to be. I refused to believe I was weaker regarding anything, but I am I am learning how to allow God and you to lead our family and throughout this year I pray that I am able to learn even more. That has made all the difference in this marriage for us I believe. His word. We found instruction and that neither of us could be the center because that’s not possible. God has to be. You have given me the honor of a husband who treats me as something so precious and always puts me ahead of himself.
This is the year of being still. And this will be possible for me because of you. I know it’s your birthday but you are my gift and I am so thankful to God for you. I pray your year is amazing. My world is a better place because you are a part of it. Happy Birthday my love.
I keep hearing this running theme. “Be still“.
Just “be still“.
My mother and father were the first to say that to me…and they said it a lot. Ironic that a lot of the time it was in church but they weren’t referencing the scripture, it was more about my behavior. However, perhaps scripture is referencing the same thing.
I am very rarely still. Growing up it was called hyper, anxious, energetic. Now they label it ADD and medicate it. I have tried the medications and they don’t work very well for me. They make me too focused, hyper-focused and send my anxiety level off the charts. So for 2013 God has laid on my heart a different approach. I’m going to try something different. This will be the year for being still. I am voluntarily placing myself in time-out.
Last year my verse was “I am doing a great work and cannot come down” (Nehemiah 6:3) and perhaps I will have an opportunity to explain how that played out in our home throughout 2012. But this year, I feel strongly that my verse will be from Psalm 46:10
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God”.
A new year is all about resolutions, a fresh start, so I’m going to try that. I’m going to take this year and explore different aspects and meanings of being still and how that will impact my relationships with family and friends, career, and school. I’m not sure what all will come out of this journey, but for me that is the best kind of journey. If I know everything that is going to happen there is very little room for God to work and that puts me in control, not Him. I want Him to have all the room He wants.
In order for me to do that, I am going to need to be still.
My church is going to be doing 21 days of health with fasting, exercise and wellness. I think will help lay a foundation for the year to come. I hope to incorporate a lot of what we are doing with church with my blog as well.
I am not going to promise a post every day. My goal is for at least two a week, maybe more, maybe less. If you do stop by, please leave a comment. This is why it is here, to create conversation and community. I have missed writing and am excited about what is to come.
Happy New Year to my friends and family. I hope you will join me on this journey to “Be Still…”
1.honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions: a man of honor.
2.a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one’s family.