Everlasting Love

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This week Casey and I are celebrating three years of marriage. Tuesday, May 17th was our actual anniversary. It doesn’t seem possible that three years have passed already!

While our vows will never fade, I must admit, the happiness and enthusiasm I felt on that day does at times. For better or worse. In sickness and health. It sounds so much easier at the time of saying it. Then life happens. You get hurt, upset, and say stupid things you wish had never passed your lips.

Divorce isn’t an option (for us anyway). We made a covenant before God and plan to honor that all the days of our lives. That doesn’t mean it will be easy. It means that we will have to work harder at working through our problems and learn to communicate better.

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Photo I took using salt from Israel from the Dead Sea. We used it in our salt covenant.

Thankfully, we have plenty of time to get this communication thing down. We don’t have to fear one person walking out on the marriage. It’s just not an option. Marriage is a constant work in progress. It is learning to grow together and learn together.

I think too many times people run off of their feelings (preaching to myself here), and feelings can get us into a heap of trouble. When we come to accept Christ and are born again in spirit, our soul doesn’t get an automatic overhaul. No, our mind, will, and emotions need to be renewed in order to line up with Holy Spirit. And when you are used to acting or reacting one way for so long, you can bet it is going to take some work to establish a new pattern of thinking and behavior.

I think about my marriage. In three years we have had disagreements, disappointments, and hurt feelings. However, that doesn’t mean we love one another any less. Our love is everlasting, because that is what we vowed on the beach three years ago Tuesday. He could cheat on me, abuse me, emotionally abuse me (not that he would ever do those things), and I may temporarily leave for my own safety, but you better believe I would be interceding for him every single day. I know he would do the same with me. God is a God of restoration. Satan wants families and marriages torn apart. God does not.

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Perhaps you aren’t married and you can’t relate to this post. Ahhh, but you can. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have an everlasting love—one that is greater than any earthly love. How awesome is that? His love will never fail. He will never walk out on you. He will always believe the best in you. His love is unconditional.

“The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness.” —Jeremiah 31:3

His love is right there with you. Open up the Bible, His love story to the world, and discover just what He thinks of you. You are so very special, so very loved, and nothing you could ever do could change the Father’s love for you. ❤

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Beautiful Blessings

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Pass-a-Grille beach

Hubby and I went to the beach last week. It was about 4:00pm, but the sun was still shining brightly and the water was warm enough for us to finally get in for the first time since last year.

I couldn’t believe how clear and blue the water was. We could see straight through to the bottom. It wasn’t long before I saw something nearby in the water. I wasn’t too alarmed, as I could tell it was a fish of sorts, and as soon as there was a break in the waves I could see that it was a Sheepshead (or something similar). After a moment I saw several more.

Initially, we were a bit freaked out, as they were swimming about two feet away from us and weren’t quick to swim off at sudden movements. However, we found that they stuck to themselves pretty much.

It was such a beautiful day, with beautiful water and even beautiful fish keeping us company. How important it is to count our blessings, no matter how small they may seem. When we open our eyes to the wonder of God’s majesty, we will notice more and more of the beauty He has given us. Have a wonderful week and keep your eyes peeled.

Rain, Rain, Rain

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Photo found here.

It just keeps coming down. Earlier this morning a thunderstorm blew in, and the torrents of wind and rain were terrifying to drive in. I found it so difficult to see 10 feet in front of me and had to be careful not to hit a puddle and hydroplane.

Four hours have passed and it’s still pouring down. We haven’t had rain like this in awhile. The land must be thirsty, and God has opened His hand. It’s crazy to think that yesterday I was at the beach in the water on a beautiful, sunny day. Today, there isn’t much sun to be found.

But it’s there, hidden behind the clouds.

It’s days like this I often find it difficult to get motivated. There is something about the rain that makes you want to curl up in bed all day and just sleep. It’s wet out, and people would much rather stay inside.

But sometimes we need to get wet.

It wakes us up. It refreshes us. I remember as a child, and even sometimes as an adult, standing in the rain with my face to the heavens and my arms outstretched. There is something about the rain that makes me want to get up, go outside, and get wet, but only if I have no where to be afterwards and/or have time for a shower! 🙂

I want to encourage you to embrace today and all that it brings. There is always a blessing to be found. Remember, the sun is still shining even if you can’t see it. I can hear the birds’ song now . . . ❤