Happy 25th!

February 3, 2010

in the generous life

This last week my husband and I ran away from home to celebrate our 25th anniversary (I set up a number of posts in pending so that TGW blog could move along without me).  I have a couple of thoughts (surprise).

One, celebrations are really, really important.  They help us see the good in life and they give us an opportunity to bless people and thank God for His goodness. Always room for that, I’m thinking.  So, as a tip, look for opportunities to celebrate with your sweetie.

My other thought is a little bitter sweet and requires a bit of history.  Many years ago I was married and that marriage ended in divorce.  I didn’t believe in divorce, but circumstances forced it and in that moment much of my belief system went down in flames.  I still believed in God, but all the feel good stuff I’d been taught about the Christian life did not survive the fire.  I learned that He is truly faithful, but that His ways are higher than mine.  I got to watch the miracle of Him rebuilding my life.  I learned to be a little more understanding of the brokenness of others’ lives and I grew in ways that only come from walking with God in a real life, one with lots of bumps and scrapes.

All this wandering down memory lane to remind myself and y’all that God is good and that He is faithful.  He is a God of restoration.  I encourage y’all to be less hard on yourselves and more dependent on Him.  Apart from Him we can do nothing and in Him we can see miracles happen, even the miracle of 25 years of marriage after a divorce.

(I’d also like to thank my sweetie (who always reads my tips).  Thank you so much for letting God use you in my life.  You’ve lived a life that so reflects God that I feel I know His face in yours.  You have earned the right to be called The Generous Husband.)

Be generous!  Lori <><

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mamaduck91 February 3, 2010 at 7:28 am

I too went through a divorce young, and felt a lot of the same things you did. We tried counseling through our church, and when that didn’t work, I was essentially told “You made your bed, now lie in it.” I was completely rejected by my church when the divorce happened. It took years for me to find my way back to God. So glad He didn’t abandon me. Have been married over 15 years this time, and we’ve had our struggles. God is faithful always! Glad you didn’t give up!

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Thalia Leigh February 4, 2010 at 12:12 am

Hugs to you and to mamaduck. I too fell apart when my marriage fell apart. I remember feeling deep shame, too, but fortunately no one criticised me other than myself.

mamaduck, I learned early on and not as painfully that institutionalised religion doesn’t equate with God. Sometimes I think the best church is the cathedral of trees, flowers, and running water where God is all around.

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GlendaSue February 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Happy 25th anniversary Lori.

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