Friday, July 9, 2010

Long Time Coming

"Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and a collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives"...Frederick F. Flack.

July 8th Michael and I celebrated our 58th year of marriage...oh wow! That's a long, long time and such a wonderful time it's been. Michael didn't 'fly me to the moon' because I didn't want to go there, instead he took me around the world and back...several times. Two naive young people so much in love...with so much to learn but we're fast learners so we jumped in with both feet and haven't stopped since.

We've often looked back over our years and thought about how His Spirit worked in our magnificently. Things we could've done...and didn't...things we would've done...and didn't. Why? Because we were doing our best to be spirit-led; did we always stay upright? No...simply because we are not in any way...perfect. Imagine that, will you?

One major pivotal point in our lives was deciding to change professions and re-enter the military with the aim to make it a lifetime career. It required many painful sacrifices on M's part...many on my part as well as the four boys! All of us suffered but God led us through it...step by step.

Here we are, so many years later and we're into re-appraisal and making some necessary changes. M has served as a shepherd for many congregations...for many years. The latest has been here in our hometown...5 years...and it's time to make another change. Amyloidosis has moved in with us and won't move out as long as M lives...that's a given that won't change. We accept the intrusion and know that God will see us through it, no matter what.

HE always does and we remain balanced and unafraid.

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