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Engaged After 2 weeks; 47 years later. . .

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Well my beloved, we have walked this life road together for 47 years so far. It has been an interesting time. We embarked on this journey with mind and hearts committed to a marriage of forever. Our journey started out in Chicago, and the first thing that surfaces in my memory of that time is the birth of our oldest child ~ on my birthday. But then like a movie rolling, other memories come into view. . . like a couple of weeks before we were married on a hot humid night we met with the insurance agent in a small apartment that was to become our first home. We still laugh at this, because we opened the windows wide, and there was not a breath of fresh air ~ we didn’t know there were storm windows and they were shut tight! LOL!



Then there was the blizzard, Oh yeah! Pregnant and standing in the backyard with snow past my protruding abdomen. Uh huh! It closed down the Eisenhower expressway ~ It was an amazing sight to watch people walking down that major highway and actually speaking to each other :))


Our next home was Colorado. When Bill and I first met we talked for hours and found we both love mountains. We thank God every day for bringing us to this beautiful state! It fits us perfectly with the climate, the beauty, and the people!


We have found wonderful friendships and a church to teach us God’s Word and how it can become our owner's manual to a successful life. This is embodied in my eyes by the mountains which stand guard at our back, for they are solid, rugged, and stand tall through every challenge ~ like God in our lives.


One of our first ‘tourist’ experiences was to go on a mountain trip with our 3 month old baby and forget to bring the diaper bag. Oh, that was fun! They don’t have 7/11's in the mountains. But it was a great day anyway!

Then there was our romantic weekend without the kids. Of course we went for a hike in the mountains ~ and got stranded by a heavily running mountain stream. Couldn’t find a safe place to cross to get back up to the road. Since it was quickly turning dark, I began gathering firewood as Bill waved his undershirt to attract attention from the road. God led us to a little area, sort of a mini fort, someone had built of stones complete with fireplace. As full dark settled in, we built a fire. A driver must have seen us and called the rescue squad, because soon a BIG truck complete with huge spotlights stopped over on the road. Long story short, after one rescuer overturned in a boat trying to get across the racing waters, they ‘littered’ us across the stream and we were rescued. The man overturning in the rushing water scared me, and I said I’d rather stay all night on the mountain than have someone risk their life for me. Then they told us there was a big ole mountain lion sitting in a tree watching us. OK. Thanks for the rescue!!


Raising our kids was challenging as every parent knows, but we did our best. How I wish we knew the Lord during those times! I mean, we ‘knew Him’, but we really didn’t have an intimate relationship with Him then. That came later. We did our best to teach our little ones about God, at least as much as we knew Him at the time.

Thank You Lord for pursuing us and bringing us to the church which offered truth. Since this church teaches the Word of God, we came to truly know the Creator and Jesus His Son. This drew us closer to each other. As God became an intricate part of our life, we grew in many ways.


When cancer attacked me back in ’04, my Father was right there beside me. Jesus gave me His joy to fly me through the healing process. My staunch supporter husband was a strength and a joy! My church family also helped out.


Being married to Bill is to watch my incredible godly husband grow into a man who tries always to please the Lord and to love me well. We are of like mind on all important ideas and we have a lot of fun laughing every day! We have our silly little ‘games’ we play that bring fun times we enjoy. It has been an interesting, varied marriage journey with God as our guide, and we are both grateful for His many blessings in our lives.

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SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD


                                        AWESOME GOD


 DIGGING DEEPER

Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.


Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!


Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:


Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.


Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.