Day #3- Thank You For Loving Me

Recently I downloaded the song that my husband and I danced to at our wedding 13 years ago today.  Music is one of the passions God infused into my soul when He created me.  Therefore on one of the most important days of my life all of the music HAD to be perfect.  I meticulously selected each and every song and obsessed over the details for months making sure it not only sounded amazing but also had personal meaning to our story.  As I listened the words of this song I thought I knew from so long ago, I began to weep.  I realized there was no way that I could have known then how true those words would be now…

Thank you for loving me….for being my eyes when I couldn’t see…for parting my lips when I couldn’t breathe…thank you for loving me. 

As of late I have fallen in love with my husband all.over.again!  And I have never felt more loved.  I find myself grateful that we are celebrating our anniversary during this struggle.  Consider if pure joy, right?  Only with God, friends!  I am falling crazy in love with him more and more everyday.  I am a fool for this man.  To think…I thought I loved him when I married him at the ripe old age of 21 years and 29 days old.  But…

I never knew I had a dream, until I dreamed of you.  But, when I look into your eyes, the sky’s a different blue.

I had no idea when I married him the amazing gift God made just for me.  I fall deeper in love every time he fights for me when I simply cannot…I got nothing folks.  Every time he prays relentlessly, passionately interceding on my behalf and does not give up depending so heavily on the Lord I love him more yet.  I knew he was persistent…a trait he passed along to our dear little Jackson…but man alive this guy doesn’t quit, especially when I am ready to!

God has taught me over and over again through His Spirit at work within my husband what love is.  Love is a verb…love is doing…love is Christ.  I recently came across a verse that stopped me right in my tracks.  It seemed to be gleaming off the page of my bible at me.  Have you ever had that happen?…

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.  Galatians 5:6b

Wow!  The only thing that counts!  The only thing.  Have I got a long way to go!  We read in Hebrews 11:6 that the only things that pleases God is faith but this takes it to another level.  Without love…faith is nothing.  Paul says this in 1 Corinthians 13…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  When I look at Jesus I see how true this is.  He, in complete faith in His Father, came to earth in love to perfectly fulfill the will of God…all the way to the cross…for me.  Nathan always says that the most important thing in life is relationships.  I can technically show him that he is wrong now that I found this verse.  But really….this verse very obviously implies relationships, the most important of which is with Christ…so he is still right.  We love because God first loved us giving His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him will have everlasting life.

How grateful I am for the perfect love of Christ poured out upon me as I am attempting to swallow the ocean as they say.  God in His provision has met for our every need…abundantly through the love of our friends and family…without us even asking!    Isn’t God so good to show us His love!?  I see it…I feel it…I know it in the faith expressing itself through love by meals continuously filling our refrigerator….a prayer said for me over the phone on a particularly difficult, painful day…a sweet visit from a friend just when I need to see a smiling face.  I see it in the tears in my husband’s eyes who would give anything to bear this burden for me.  I am so thankful for the love of God…as the old hymn says…how rich and pure…how measureless and strong…it shall forever more endure the saints’ and angels’ song.  Oh how He loves us.  All I can say is…

thank You for loving me!

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.  Ephesians 3:16-18

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