I remember my Aunt Jess taking me shopping for a new purse. It was to be my very first purse. It is funny, I don’t remember exactly what the purse looked like, but I remember the shiny penny she put into it. I remember the time we spent together more than the money or the purse and it brings my heart to a place of warmth as I think of her and miss her deeply. She was a very special lady.
Recently, Darwin and I celebrated our 35th plus anniversary. He was gone during that time hunting. He grew up hunting and loves it so much and what kind of wife would I be to take away something that is near and dear to his heart just for an anniversary? I couldn’t do that. While he was gone he had roses come to the house everyday reminding me of how much he loves me and missed me. Each one held a hand written card he filled out before he left. Let’s just say I melted everyday reading the cards knowing he had planned that before he left!
The moments alone gave me much time to think about the relationship we have. The years that have gone by have left a pattern of laughter, frustration, anger at times, joy, family, and at times tears. We have walked so much together and even through a time that we we ready to pack in the marriage, but God had other plans. We believe that in a spiritual sense ,God threw us a life ring, but we both individually had to make the choice to grab that ring of faith and hang on. What we have now is so much deeper and better than what we had before. We still have days we don’t like each other so much, but we love each other deeply despite those things. In my thoughts when I was alone my heart landed on an analogy.
Remember that penny I said was put in my purse? Well eventually the shine was gone and it was tarnished, but the value in the money was still there. I had tucked that money in my wallet for a very long time. Our marriage is like that penny. It was shiny and new all those years ago. We could see no wrong in other, at least, not any that counted. Then the shine wore off and the lumps and bumps of life took us to a place where our marriage was struggling. The value in our relationship was still there, and it was still worth tucking away. Jesus said in Mark 12: 41-44 that the money that the widow had brought as offering was worth more because she contributed everything she had. Investing all we have into our marriage and family has been and continues to be a blessing we hold dearly. Our path with family is also one of joy, laughter, pain and tears. Of course in that parable Jesus wasn’t referring to marriage and family, but rather the condition of the heart as to what we are willing to truly turn to Him not only in plenty but also in want. I have mirrored those truths in our marriage and family and feel it is worth having as an analogy. Darwin and I share the love for each other not only in a marriage partner kind of way, but as two people who love God deeply and worship Him together as our Saviour, Redeemer and Father. Our treasure is in Jesus, our family and each other. Today weeks after our anniversary I still sit here overwhelmed with the blessings I have in a husband and family. Our son, daughter in law, daughter, son in law and grandchildren hold our hearts, but Jesus holds our lives and we are so thankful for Him.
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