Refreshing

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
(Proverbs 11:25 NIV)

I haven’t had a chance to write while hubby is home on vacation – I’m sure you understand! I’m actually sitting inside a Starbucks with my Mac, sipping on a venti white chocolate mocha with toffee nut, and attempting to write a blog post. You see my Studly is getting a royal shave, which I think might be the equivalent to me enjoying a spa pedicure.  I’ve always had a hard time during my husband’s vacations to even make time for reading my Bible or Devotions, let alone to try and write a blog post.

Imagine that every waking second you want to spend with your spouse, that even the time he goes out on the back patio to smoke a cigarette is just 5 minutes you don’t want to spend apart.  It’s probably easier to think back when you first started dating your spouse or significant other – honestly that’s the closest way to explain what it’s like when we’re together – every second is precious and we try to soak in as much as we can, I think we’ve become that annoying sappy couple, “No, I love you more!”.

Marriage is an amazing thing, I was looking back on some of our early photos when we both were in the Army and dating – holy cow we were young!

1996

Bill reminded me that yeah that was almost 20 years ago and we were young.  Which made me think, it doesn’t seem like 20 years.  I was thinking about when our sons were younger, Hunter just started playing baseball and Bill was coaching him before work (back on the night shift with the Sheriff’s dept) and Max got his first haircut – we were all so young!
Daddy & Hunter 2005 hp photosmart 720
Now we have these handsome young men, who amaze me with their personalities, it’s hard not to be proud of them – they are more than we could ever deserve.  Just watching how they look out for each other and then turn around and wrestle until they both are laughing so much – it becomes contagious and we’re laughing with them.
Current Vacation Home
I was recently told to stop trying to find some new word from God, that we needed to go back and concentrate on the last thing God gave us. The last command I remember from God was telling me to raise our sons as men of God.  I’ve made the Bible and God the foundation of our Homeschool – everything revolves around Him and His Word.  I try to focus on how God can use us, not on how we can use God to our advantage (might sound odd, but how many people do you know only pray when they need something).  I want our sons to know that everyday we can be the hands and feet of Jesus – whether it’s a smile or praying for someone.  Every day, everyone needs encouragement and when we take the focus off of our own ‘stuff’ we can see more clearly just how much we are truly blessed.
Especially at bedtime
I’m like most women – I lie awake and think about everything and anything – it seems my brain is in overdrive that it becomes overwhelming at this time when I’m supposed to be resting.  So I started just thanking God, here’s how I start out:

Thank you God for loving me, thank you for sending your Son Jesus when we were living in sin, thank you Jesus for enduring the cross for our sakes, thank you Holy Spirit that you encourage me, thank you God for our family they are a blessing, much more than I could ever deserve, thank you God for our church and church family, thank you that we live in a country where we can read our Bible and attend church freely without persecution or fear of death over our beliefs.

After each statement, it’s like a breath of fresh air, restoring and refreshing my soul. I’m so happy, I’ve changed my habits to make sure each morning when we wake up – even with hubby home – that I’ll read my Bible and read my Bible Devotion before I do anything else.  Yes, it takes up some time, but starting my day with God makes such a difference in how I think, react, speak and even my actions – there’s so much of the world around us – that we really need that time to soak up all the goodness of God to keep us on the path He’s given us – it’s my own kind of mini vacation.

Bill & I serving at our church's Easter service during his short trip home from Afghanistan.
Bill & I serving at our church’s Easter service during his short trip home from Afghanistan.