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Still … In Five Minutes |FMF


Welcome to my FMF post. Where I join Kate and the others in blogging from my heart for 5 minutes; unhindered by the need to edit or corrections. Just my heart to yours on this fine Friday. You can either follow the FMF link in the sentence above or hop on over to how it works from the button on my side bar! Join us!

His Laughter - My Favorite Sound.

His Laughter – My Favorite Sound.

Today’s Prompt is: Still. So lets ….

GoToday I honor this man, The Hubs.

If you’ve frequented my blog you know who he is because I mention him often! ❤ Today is his birthday!

So today I honor the most honest man I’ve ever known. He changed my life almost 26 years ago! Wow … 26 years. I actually met him when I was 19 (and thought he was old.) but our worlds would become one when I was 24.

This man’s honesty, integrity and character are evident in him everyday, without fail. It thank God that He made me discerning enough to choose the man He sent for me, and me for him.

I am awed by this man’s strength and dignity in all things, and I could not love him more. That is until tomorrow comes and I realize a new and wonderful thing in him.

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O’ Lord this man.
We declare and decree the Word of God.
“Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.”
“By His stripes you are healed.”
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”
“You shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord.”
“Don’t forget the benefits of God. He heals all our diseases.”
“The Lord will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds.”
“Affliction will not rise up a second time.”
“The power of the Lord is present to heal you.”

 

I count our years together as blessings, having realized that our successful marriage and relationship was God’s plan . How much more wonderful can a life be, than to live the life that God unites between the two people he built for one another?

With all my heart and soul, I love this man STILL and always.

I will honor him for eternity times infinity.

So Happy Birthday to the Love of my life. ❤  And … stop

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How Do I Love Him ♥ Let Me Count the Ways…


My Love ♥

First, Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

I was very busy that last two days. My love has finally moved me into the office.

Happy Valentine’s Day to me.

He even seems to like my quiet presence here.

Today, between putting my area of the office to my liking and respectfully cleaning off his desk, I read a few devotionals and the Facebook Valentine greetings from friends. I noticed a few of the women I follow in devotionals were discussing love and romance.

Romance, something I don’t understand, nor do I believe I was created to understand it. These ladies were not complaining about a lack of romance. They had come to a place were they were confessing in a way.

They were pointing out what they had thought true communication and romance were as compared to what they had come to know as true Romantic Communication.

I was glad to see that these wise women had come to the conclusion that was not the Hallmark version of Romance.

When you are married with children and careers, romance becomes something entirely different from Roses, Dinner, Wine and Chocolate. A mature love, whether you are young newly weds or an old married couple, is about investing time in truly knowing one another. When we truly know one another our romance becomes about everyday joys.

I wrote this two years ago, and it all remains true today. Unlike the roses that will fade and dry, the wine that will lose its flavor and the chocolate that, let’s be honest won’t last the week, this relationship my love and I have built is solid and forever. This is because we live and love each day by choice, truly waking and wanting to love the other.

I updated my article, not much as this remains true to our love; Do You Love Your Husband,  that I wrote on Helium, around this time 2009.

It really remains true. I am blessed.

Please enjoy this love letter about my love while I go and clean the kitchen from our Valentine’s Dinner and Jeopardy Date! That’s romantic to us. 🙂 Really, having times during the week that we set aside to enjoy the things we enjoy together and each other is our Everyday Romance.

                                                               ♥♥♥♥

Eight years of marriage; not much, some would say. Yet others would find that amazing.

Yet, our together began twenty-two years ago.

So much has happened in this vast amount of time.

Growth and learning, striving and working, life moving at the speed of light.

Time, during which miraculously, our spirits knit together. By twenty some years of purposeful love.

Purposeful Love…

We realized very early on that love is not a feeling. In these twenty some years we have learned: if the feeling love is what we used to knit, unraveling would soon occur.

No, we came to know that love is an act that we had agreed to choose. All intelligence aside, yes we are a learned two, we found that love is the result of that striving, growth, learning and work, that we put forth.

Now has it been easy? Yes would be a lie. There were days, many, when friendship saved the day. We both had very difficult relationships with others, before the us we are today. Only after much personal searching did we launch this relationship. At first, each vowing inwardly, unbeknownst to the other, that this was the last shot.

For many years, I believe it was four, friends and family thought they knew. But no one was ever sure. We each had children between us, from those difficult relationships. In the beginning it was their hearts we protected, our four little tikes. Our hearts, desires and necessities took second, third and fourth places, behind those little hearts. We hid our budding relationship from anyone it might hurt.

We loved, lived and supported one another. Building from a foundation of friendship, we learned that this was the most secure way. Our affection for one another was derived from genuine like. The time we spent with one another was platonic, even at night. We read, we talked and sat in silence, always secure in the thought that God had a sense of humor, and we were somehow alright.

Yes, I said God. We were not practicing any religion. And God knows we were not following any commandments. Yet, somehow deep within us, we both came to the same revelation. The knowledge that God had put us together. We often look back and see His hand, amazed at His faithfulness to two souls who He meant to be one. To this day we believe it was for His own personal entertainment. I mean our creator is a funny guy.

The differences in our beings complement the other, naturally. Enhancing that, from across a room we can speak volumes with our eyes. We stop each other daily, knowing what the other will say. Still after all of this time we laugh, we laugh every day. And did I mention his smile still takes my breath away?

We love each other daily, through friendship and through truth. On mornings when I am not tip-top, my husband opens those striking blue eyes and smiles at me, starting my day again. Each morning we greet the dawn, with coffee in hand at one another’s side. We wipe the sleep from our eyes and begin another day. Our day to day is routine and secure in the knowledge that we have so much more.

We appreciate each other even when taking the other for granted. He tells me that I am beautiful and that he loves me every day. He even does laundry. He never says a disparaging word, even when I deserve it. I stand amazed at his fidelity and his fierce and honest love. Can anyone ever question that I’ve been blessed with this man’s love?

I choose this day, like yesterday, to love him everyday. I love him when he’s perfect and when he’s out of line. I love his body and his mind. I love his relationship with God. I love the way his heart betrays his macho when he speaks of our children in paternal love. I love that he wants for me what it is I want.

He encourages my dreams and imaginations. His eyes make me believe. I love that he’s smart and beats me at Jeopardy! I love that we like each other. I love that he chose me. I choose him over and over again, until eternity.

Do I love my husband? Yes, as deeply today as each day of the last 22 years.

                                                           ♥♥♥♥

Blessings Loves ♥ I wish you love and joy.


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On Thankfulness…


A week from tomorrow many of us will sit around a table with family and enjoy a meal that should have meaning.

Albeit, we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S. to commemorate our freedom from England and it’s restrictions on beliefs and religion.

But today…2010…what are we Thankful For?

Hebrews 13, the first 10 verses says, and if we are thankful we should…

  1. Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

Do we, I ask? Throughout the year, do we truly love one another like family? Sacrificing our own comforts for this love? Are we thankful that God has given us family and friends to to love, in our lives? I ask myself, do I appreciate all those who are in my life?

     2. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

I forget, do you forget, to be hospitable to strangers?

A smile, holding a door for someone, or simply ignoring an impolite driver, who may have the world hanging in the balance, at the very moment he cut you off;  are these, really, huge sacrifices in the scheme of life?

Am I hospitable? Do I miss the opportunity to bless an angel of the LORD?…Do I remember the LEAST of these…

     3. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Now maybe you do, or maybe you don’t,  know someone who is in prison proper; however, we each know someone, even within our Christian acquaintances, who are in their own private prisons.  A prison that they have not yet learned they are free from.

Do I remember that I was once in that same prison, and go to this person and show them the open Gate? This one I can say I am doing…however, I did not always!

And the mistreated, have I extended comfort? Or do we look the other way, maybe in judgement, or worse, in self-involvement, thinking I have my own wounds to lick? Oh I hazard to think, as I feel the guilt of my ignorance.

      4. Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

As Christians, our marriages are the vision of the church, the body of Christ. Are we standing in the gap for and with our married couples and our single brothers and sisters, alike? 

 Are we extending invitations, to our church family singles,  a place to belong in their singleness? Or are they left out to battle the temptations of the world, alone?

Does my marriage extend examples that strengthen others in this command.  Does my marriage show, those still in the world, a picture of Christ’s Church?

Do we honor the great covenant of marriage, as we do its mirror image,  The Church?

       5. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you;  never will I forsake you.”

This is a hard one, for all of us. In this economy, this looks almost impossible, if we take our eyes off of God.

 I ask myself am I content with what I have? 

As the money gets tighter and we cut another hole in our financial belts…do I trust God? Do I remember that I do not participate in the lack of this world?

As this computer loads slower, day by day, don’t I long for the newest media laptop, with which to blog and edit pictures?

Do I really trust God to take care of the things I need, let alone the things that I want?

I learned a hard one this year health wise!! As most of my readers know. I may have left the money and the love to God…I did not, however, trust Him with my healing. Now I don’t know if I actually thought of it that way…but it was the result. I didn’t trust that He would take care of my health. So the next verse….

         6. So we say with confidence,“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Do I? In all areas, do I really see the LORD as my helper? Do I stay out of fear?

FEAR is the OPPOSITE of FAITH…a woman of faith, I call myself…really???

And those mortals?? Just yesterday!!!! I allowed the actions of a mere mortal to offend me and make me feel lesser than my Father says I am!

Do I have confidence in my Father God..or do I, small mindedly, attribute to Him the lesser abilities of my mortal father? Though I love my father(s) dearly, they are mere men.

            7. Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

Do we remember what was taught to us on Sunday??? I can say that, eventually, I get back to remembering what it was God said through my Pastor. That is, after I get tired of battling what has gotten into my mind less than 72 hours later! I then…consider what Moses or Daniel or Hannah may have done…considered their faith and intimacy with God. Finally, by grace, finding center. And I can say that I am THANKFUL for Wednesday evening service because, by then,  I have wandered away, so aimlessly and sinfully wandered into the world, or my own head.

             8. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Am I thankful for this?? MY goodness YES! This is the scripture I was looking for when I found this blogpost ready to be written!  He is the same Yesterday and Today and Forever, thank God! 

The immutable God: INCAPABLE AND UN-SUSCEPTIBLE TO CHANGE.

Oh the tragedy of this life, if HE were to change like I do, so often! Forgetful, inconsiderate waife that I am, without Him!

              9.Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.

Are we carried away by strange teachings? What are these?

These are any teachings or practices that take us away from Christ’s way of living.

Basically the ways of this world. The ways of the world, that take this Thanksgiving Holiday, we all celebrate, and make it about the things we’ve attained throughout the past year. Making thankfulness something about ourselves and our own abilities…forgetting that we do nothing without the breath of God each morning.

We are a people who tend to be thankful of things…I ask myself…what am I thankful for?

            10. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.

What a blessing this verse is…STRENGHTENED BY GRACE!

Each Thanksgiving we basically eat a CEREMONIAL MEAL. In the ceremony itself there is no benefit. We see this in our very own actions on this Day of Thankfulness, when we are thankful for full bank accounts and our cars in the drive. Thankful of and for THINGS.

When what it is we SHOULD be thankful for is the FAITHFULNESS OF GOD THE FATHER who provided us the skill, provided the miracles, provided the food for this ceremonial meal.

Thankfully, But God…

and we are STRENGTHENED BY GRACE… We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

WE HAVE AN ALTAR, FROM WHICH TO MINISTER AT THE TABERNACLE, FROM WHICH WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO EAT!

Christ…He is our altar. We must minister by Christ…

We must put into practice these things revealed here so that we might, by GRACE, minister  true thankfulness at this Thanksgiving Ceremony.

We come by our Salvation by Grace…the unmerited, unearned Favor of a loving God who provided the Altar from which we minister, from which we eat, daily.  WE did not earn this altar!

Faith without Works is dead…contrary to other scripture some say, confused…but what is confusing I ask myself?

If I am a woman of Strong Faith, as I say, why then do I question my part in these tasks these verses so clearly prove as the key to such Faith?

Do I?  Am I? Strengthened by Grace…

I read somewhere that Thanksgiving, in a Christian sense, is about being thankful for the year to come. That true Thankful Faith is about knowing that God is GOING to provide…I like that.

These ten scriptures are essentially a long list of PERSONAL “to dos”…

We have a week….can we get them all in?

Personally I am going to try! Come next Thursday I would like to be able to Thank God for the opportunity to have been a blessing. I want, as well, to thank Him for the provision He has for the coming year and the continued opportunity to work this list of 10.

I thank God for those of You who read…I thank God for those of You who wander by…I thank God that He allows Me into your life and You into mine.

Happy Thanksgiving Loves 

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Fireproof…Interview with Kirk Cameron


Check it out. Good Movie.
http://www.moviefone.com/insidemovies/2009/01/27/kirk-cameron-interview-fireproof/?icid=200100397x1218059181x1201156076