has anyone ever asked you to write out a "Christmas List," you know, write down what you want... and have you ever snuck in a little something crazy, just to be funny? like a car, or an absurd amount of money??? For me, I think if someone gave me a Ghiradelli Factory for my backyard...that would be so. over. the. top. I would love it, but who would ever give that to me? I mean really?
However, I have been given a most extravagant gift by the Giver of all good gifts. My husband is so far beyond anything I could've ever asked for...more than any crazy long shot I could've prayed for. And God chose him just for me. He challenges me, and encourages me. He makes me feel like I am a great mom and wife. He listens to my endless questions when I am working on Bible studies, he talks me through my thoughts. He loves me when I am unlovely, he calms me when I waver. He is steady and strong. He finds his strength in the Lord and reminds me to do the same.
Seven years ago, I would've never guessed I would be in Oklahoma and he would in the horn of Africa on our anniversary... Never. But I would not trade this adventure for anything. I am so thankful that God has blessed me with a man that follows Him. Our journey has not been a straight path, and there are parts of it that still confuse me; but I know Who leads us. I know Who we follow. I am sorry for the days that I have taken my gift for granted, and thankful for the days when I realize again the tremendous blessing my husband is.
Bradley, you are every bit God's best for me. I am thrilled to be called your wife. Know today, that I am remembering our vows, and you know I will curl up and watch our wedding video tonight (although I will watch it again with you on R&R if you want, I know how you love it). I love to wonder about what our future holds, and I know I can't begin to fathom the places our Father will take us. Thank you for trusting Him to lead us. Thank you for following Him and leading our family well. I am yours. Always and forever.
God is good, all the time.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 corinthians 13:7