How about joining in with us by linking up over at Susanne's or leaving a comment below, and share FIVE of your favorite things from the past week.
I've had some blessings this week, mostly God showing me how to focus on Him when I am in pain with my hip/back/neck (yes, I have a lot of issues). My biggest blessing this week was July 30th, my 9 year wedding anniversary. My favorites focus around this anniversary.
Five blessings that came from 9 years of marriage are:
More Mature Me: I wasn't very good at relationships in the past and never really thought I would settle down, though I wanted to. Being married has shown me that relationships need to be taken seriously and when you commit, you commit. For better or for worse! You can't run from them and you can't brush issues under the rug or all you'll be doing is carrying those issues into another relationship.
Children: I've never had children of my own but when I married Joe, he had a 7 year old daughter and a 12 year old son. His children lived with their mother but we shared custody and they have been a blessing to me as I learned patience, forgiveness and grace through them.
Companion: I know if the Lord called Joe home before me, I would survive. Lets face it, we all would. We don't need someone but it's nice to have someone. I love having someone to go with to get coffee or take a walk or just hang out with at home and talk. I would be quite lonely without my husband.
Learning: I've learned a lot in 9 years of marriage. I've learned how to share....everything. I've learned patience and most of all trust. And I'm still learning. Marriage isn't always easy, it's not always (or usually) some fairy tale like books portray it to be. It's work, it's commitment and it's patience.
Love: I truly learned what love really is.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
So, through the blessings I've had this week, my marriage is the #1 blessing. I look forward to many more years with my husband!!