I look back and reflect on these lives. Those so near and dear to me. As I enter into the 24th year of a union, I think of where it started, where we are and where we are going. In every season of life that we went through, we are still thriving. It hasn’t been an easy run but certainly one worth living. I thought, “Would I do it all again?” Certainly not. For who could do all of that—it is too much. But I do know that God will be God and that is our story worth sharing. We have the same ground but yes, we are evolving. We are moving from glory to glory. It is still our story. We savor the good moments and sift out the bad. We embrace the heat along with the cold. We know it makes us stronger, steadier and submissive always to the higher purpose. He is going to do that work in us, through us and for us.
“New life will spring from this same ground.” Savor by Shauna Niequist Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are February 21 Devotional
On this specific date of this 365-day devotional book, this shares such depth on a day where I celebrate my anniversary with my husband. We enter the 24th year of our union. We are 17 years married and 7 years prior have been together. So this is what we celebrate today. We encompass all this time on this one day of the year where we decided to make a wedding of it. So I loved how this devotional spoke of the different seasons.
“If everywhere you look these days, it’s wintry, desolate, lonely, practice believing in springtime. It always, always comes, even though on days like today it’s nearly impossible to imagine, ground frozen, trees bare and spiky. New life will spring from this same ground.” Shauna Niequist
How true that is! New life will spring from the ground that we are in. A solid ground, shattered so many times. But for each shattering God took the time to build it back His way. He put us back together, piece by piece. I needed to love the right way. To embrace what God loved. I accept His love for me, myself and those He placed around me. To love myself so that I can love them. This love that is slow to speak, slow to wrath and doesn’t seek its own desires. This was never about me. Never! I just spent a whole lot of time fighting that, fighting with myself and fighting with God. I lost. When I lost bad enough, I learned that I actually won. I won my right to internal freedom and abundant living. I received peace, joy and the blessing of God being released. I smile when it hurts, I laugh when I’m lost, I sing when I’m weak and I dance when all of that is over. Everything is seasonal and I last through it all.
They will still be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss; bearing fruit in every season of their lives. They are never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous. Psalm 1:3 The Passion Translation
So I celebrate the victory. I recognize the progress. I am glad that hope is present. I accept all the butterfly stages of life for us. And so I wrote this to him…my husband, my spouse. From 10/24-2/20 made such for an amazing and powerful celebration for our 2/21! Happy Anniversary Baby! I love you will all of me today, now and forever! You bring me JOY!!!! Love and such a oneness for our home <3. Thank you baby for being wonderful to me in the way you know how! This is the 24th year mark for us that we know real well. We waited, waited, trusted, hoped, believed, battling, cried, waited, waited and then trusted God one more time. Thank God that we did, so that we know what we have now wasn’t built on our own, it was rebuilt by the redemptive work of the Cross and by the power and love of God. If I could do it again, I wouldn’t! LOL, who can repeat all of that, it is too much! I would just let God be God! And I am thankful He brought me to you….24 years ago in a pool! There must have been something so symbolic of that water! How sweet our own story really is babe! Love you seat peas!!!! Xoxoxoxo
Her husband has entrusted his heart to her, for she brings him the rich spoils of victory. All throughout her life she brings him what is good, and not evil. She searches out continually to possess that which is pure and righteous. She delights in the work of her hands. She gives out revelation truth to feed others. She is like a trading ship bringing divine supplies from the merchant. Even in the night season she arises and sets food on the table for hungry ones in her house for others. She sets her heart upon a nation and takes it as her own, carrying it within her. She labors there to plant the living vines. She wraps herself in strength, might and power in all her works. She tastes and experiences a better substance and her shining light will not be extinguished, no matter how dark the night. Proverbs 31:11-18 The Passion Translation
I spent way too much time thinking this was impossible. That this was the perfect woman, the perfect spouse, the perfect matrimony. Then I see that with God all things are possible. He puts all the finishing touches to all that in which we are unable to. He uses this woman, He uses this husband and he uses this marriage to demonstrate His perfection. This same ground can be transformed! To Juan Antonio Mendez Jr.