Category Archives: Ongoing Vitality

Remembering An Overcomer

Laurie had a type of muscular dystrophy.   She entered our lives when she was a teenager with mobility challenges.   My husband was her pastor, and she attended the youth group we held in our home.  I can’t recall her ever asking us why a loving God allowed her to have a debilitating disease.  She asked me to study the book of Revelation with her.  I felt intimidated and inadequate for the task.  I knew nothing about that mysterious book of prophecy.  As we read it together, accepting what we didn’t understand, we found much we did understand – much that inspired us.  There were promises made to the saints who would overcome trials and sufferings.    We were told that patient endurance, faithfulness and wisdom on the part of the saints was called for.

Our paths separated as Laurie entered adulthood.  Life would challenge each of us in the years ahead, especially Laurie, as her illness left her needing a motorized scooter to remain mobile.   She overcame the temptations to bitterness, to despair, to self- pity.  She kept the faith.  She fought the good fight. The muscular dystrophy took her life when she was only 50.  She has received her reward.

 

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The Reconnection

My hydrangea speak to me when they need water.   Their leaves become droopy.   I water them, and a few hours afterward, their leaves are uplifted to give me a thumbs up.

My marriage is a living organism.  It needs water, but I don’t pay attention to the signs, as well as I do to the ones my flowers give me.   We get busy, and before we realize it, days or weeks have past without our having done anything to nurture  our relationship.   This current dry patch is due to neglect.   The reconnection needs to be intentional.   I am wondering how to creatively apply some dew or rain to our relationship.   How do you monitor the needs of your marriage?   How do you refresh your connection?

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Natural Vitality

We are in the autumn of our lives.  Our nest has long been empty.   Our children are growing older.  Our grandchildren are growing up.  We are retired and no longer punch a time clock.  Yet we find that dreams are as important now as ever for the well being of our souls and the vitality of our marriage.  Are dreams the stuff of natural vitality?   Scripture teaches that a people without vision perish.   Perhaps humans make bucket lists in order to live until they die.  We are going to keep pursuing God’s dreams for us for as long as he gives breath.  Dreams are Good.  Life is Good.  God is Good.

 

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Christian Marriage

I was confident that with water and sunshine, the sedum would bloom in late August.   It did not disappoint me.

We can be confident that he who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion.  (Philippians 1:6) God’s part is to begin and complete that good work in us.  Our part is to believe, trust, and cooperate with the process.  I think this is true for the salvation of each individual and for the salvation of each Christian Marriage.

My husband and I have clung to God during the rough patches in our marriage.   God was faithful.   He did not disappoint us.   We have shared our story on the book page of this website.   How have you found God faithful in your marriage?  How has your confidence in him grown?

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The Power of Vitality

We had pointed Lake Superior out to Alyse and Miah from a distance, from high up on a bluff looking down on the blue waters while eating a picnic lunch.   Recently we introduced them up close and personal.   The strong wind that day created white caps.  The sound of the waves crashing against the shore made hearing the speech of the person next to you difficult.   The girls seized the joy of the moment and began jumping waves with abandonment.

Is the power of vitality ours when we choose to live in the here and now – when we engage fully in each day’s offerings with gratitude and enthusiasm?

Father God, enable me, like my granddaughters, to seize the joy of each day with full abandonment.

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Doors to Christian Faith

Howard and I recently toured Fort Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, Michigan.  This door out of the Fort leads to beautiful Lake Michigan.

One of the doors to Christian faith can be the testimony of a friend or a fellow sojourner.  Our testimony is that Jesus can make a lifeless marriage new and that He can give a couple power to keep their vows and live a life of love, as described in I Corinthians 13.  We share our story on the book page of this blog in the hope that you would believe in Him because of our testimony.  We also hope that you, like the Samaritans, will be able to say, ” We no longer believe just because of what you said: now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”  (John 4:42)

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Joy

The picture of these beautiful wild roses growing along Lake Michigan are in honor of our 42nd wedding anniversary. As I reminisce over the past, I am reminded of an old Michael Card Song: Joy In The Journey.

There is a joy in the journey There’s a light we can love on the way There is a wonder and a wildness to life And freedom for those who obey

We have known Joy, and His name is Jesus. His Light has guided us. He has called us to a life of repentance and forgiveness. Obeying that call has brought freedom and has been the life line of our marriage. There has been a wonder and a wildness to life, and today we celebrate the beauty of our journey with the Savior. Our story is on the book page of this website.

 

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Christian Marriages are Gardens

My husband expects to reap carrots, potatoes, green beans, onions, peas, and tomatoes this summer because he planted them in his garden.

Galatians 6:7  reminds us that we reap what we sow.   Christian marriages are gardens; they grow what we plant and cultivate.  My husband and I want to sow more seeds of shared fun and recreation.  What are you currently sowing and nurturing in your marriage?

 

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Stronger Faith as a Christian

“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:12

My husband and I were married on June 20, 1970.  We were three strands – a husband, a wife, and Jesus in a covenant relationship.  Our journey together has had many ups and downs.  If you have visited the book page of this blog and read our story, Beginning Again, you know that our marriage died and was resurrected by the power of  The Third Strand, Jesus Christ.   Having lived this story, I emerged with stronger faith as a Christian.

Do you think we can grow our own faith?  Or do you think God grows it in us, as we cry out to Him during the most difficult and painful periods of our lives and find Him sufficient for our needs?  Can faith grow apart from trials and suffering?

 

 

 

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Christian Marriage

Last fall and winter my husband and I studied Pray Big for Your Marriage.  In Chapter 11, Will Davis Jr., the author, presented the idea of praying for a marriage mission.  This was a novel concept for us, but one we gravitated to.  I pondered our history as a couple and sought the Lord in prayer for a mission statement that would reflect His dreams for us at time in our lives.

One day I happened upon Matthew 14:36.  The last portion of that verse – “… and all who touched Him were healed.” – resonated in my heart as our passion.

This is our marriage mission:  We seek, by God’s grace, to abide in His presence each day so that those we touch might also reach out to touch Jesus and be healed.  That mission is the purpose of this website.

How might a Christian Marriage be strengthened by a mission statement?

 

 

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