I love getting mail! And today this is what came in the mail: pictures from my dad’s wedding!!! I so wish I could’ve been there for him that day. I miss him. I miss our walks in the city, our hikes, our songs that we would sing in harmony, dancing on his feet, his guitar playing, our never-too-serious talks, our early runs, his jokes, holding his hand, and everything else. He is the very first man I ever loved.
I still have a hard time believing that he’s married. His wife seems really great and from the bottom of my heart, I truly wish them all the happiness this world can offer! I pray that they will love each other selflessly and forgive each other indefinitely and unconditionally. After all, as Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth always said: “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”
However, sometimes I wonder..will I ever be able to get used to the idea that my parents are not one unit anymore? Can a child, regardless of age ever get used to that?
And this one just for old time’s sake, hehe. I SO love this picture of us! You know, looking at this photo it just hit me, the older I get, the more I look like my mom, no?
“Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together." Mt 19:6 (NLT)
I really like following the daily devotions on the UCB Ministries’ website. They are always so encouraging, uplifting and inspirational. And the truth is, I really need all of those this week!!!
So, today’s devo was about contentment, which is a huuuuge work zone in my life.
I know many of us, (esp. women I think) struggle with that. So I thought I would share Bob Gass’ wisdom with you today:
“Contentment is the key to a happy marriage.
When asked what makes us contented in marriage, we inevitably point to things our partner does, or their characteristics, that please us.
When asked what makes us discontented, we indicate what they do, or are, that displeases us. We focus on what’s right or wrong about them, making ourselves happy or unhappy.
But contentment is an inside job! It’s how we react to others. Our attitude is the real issue. The problem’s not what we see or hear, it’s how we see or hear it: ‘…The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear… with hearing’ (Ecclesiastes 1:8 NAS). The eye and ear – our perceptions – are the culprits. That’s why God says, ‘…be content with such things as ye have…’ (Hebrews 13:5 KJV). We must choose to see things differently, in ways that don’t make us unhappy. The controls are in our hands, not our partner’s!
Contentment is a choice. ‘…I have learned… to be content’ (Philippians 4:11 KJV). We learn contentment by considering how much harder others have it, asking God how He wants us to use our challenges and lacks for our growth and our partner’s growth, and – remembering Erma Bombeck’s advice – ‘The grass usually looks greener over someone else’s septic system’.
Benjamin Franklin said of marriage, ‘Keep your eyes wide open beforehand, and half shut afterwards’. Finally, we can learn contentment by praying for the courage to change what we can (especially our own attitude), the grace to accept what we cannot (most things are acceptable when we stop resenting them), and the wisdom to know the difference.”
I say, big AMEN to that!!!
Yes. I choose to be content today….and it feels good