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My Knight in Shining Armor

It is really cute to see my new daughter-in-law and my son together.  They have been married just over a year. As I watch them together, I have been replaying so many scenes of my own early married life.

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In my first year of marriage I thought my Ray was like a hero.  He fulfilled every expectation in the first few months of marriage.  Everything he did endeared him to me more and more.  He was so perfect.

At about our ninth month of wedded bliss I went away on a women’s retreat with our church.  It was hard leaving my perfect man at home, and I knew he would miss me.  But I felt it was the right thing to go away on this retreat for the weekend.

Back then we had no cell phones so I was not able to text him every minute to send him cute emoticons.  I was not able to text and let him know what I was doing at that exact moment.  I was not able to text him a good night.   I had no access to a phone, so I didn’t even speak to him for two whole nights.  Can you imagine?

Well it was now Sunday afternoon, and I was so anxious to see my Ray knowing that he would be waiting for me with open arms.  My friend dropped me off in our driveway.  I didn’t see our car. I walked inside our apartment and searched for him. He was not home.

What happened here?  Wasn’t he looking at his watch every minute in anticipation for my return?  Where were my flowers and welcome-home kisses?  Wasn’t he looking down the driveway for a first glimpse of the car that would be carrying me back home to him?  I was crushed.

He arrived an hour later.  He had been playing basketball with his friends and was all hot and sweaty.  And when he got home all I got was, “How was the retreat?”  I had been stewing for a whole hour. It was not pleasant what followed.

Like many new wives we place a lot of expectations on our husbands.  They are supposed to read our minds and anticipate all our desires and wants.  They are supposed to buy the perfect gifts.  They are supposed to say the right thing.  They are supposed to be our perfect knights in shining armor.  Sigh!  Wives, we are so demanding, aren’t we? Somehow we lose sight that we still need to clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, patience, and we still need to love our husbands too.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people … clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility and gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive.” (Colossians 3:12-13)

I have been married for almost 27 years.  And my husband is still my knight in shining armor.  It’s just that the armor is not always shining.

 

God bless our South Florida mornings!

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I love waking up to something different in South Florida. Most of the time it is sunny and hot! Today we have heavy rains and thunder. The sky is dark. The branches of the trees hang lower. There is a large puddle at the end of our driveway. Our front entry porch is wet.

My husband had to get to work this morning. So he put on his raincoat which he rarely wears. And he grabbed plastic grocery bags for his dress shoes and to carry his work belongings. We had a chance to try out our new umbrella. (We are always replacing our umbrellas.)

Driving was slow. The sides of the roads were flooded. Visibility was hindered. We had our headlights on and the wipers on high. Now mind you, we don’t have to travel major highways to get to my husband’s workplace. For that I am grateful!

But I don’t mind the rain. The rain is warm. I am so delighted and grateful to be living in South Florida. I love the rain and the sound of the ominous thunder. God bless our South Florida mornings!

Missionary Trip to Honduras

Recently my husband and I traveled to San Pedro Sula in Honduras for an annual board meeting. Our church supports a mission, La Vida Hospital, in San Pedro Sula, and my husband serves on the board.

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It was my first time visiting Honduras. I have visited Mexico many times and there were many similarities. There were many sections of very poor people living in very poor dwellings. There were also, of course, several American business chains.

We stayed in the compound of the hospital. Every morning we began the day with a chapel service. After chapel, the hospital opened and so many people came seeking medical treatment. There are two doctors, a dentist, a couple of nurses and a chaplain. The patients waited in an open patio under ceiling fans blowing nothing but hot air. It was very, very hot in Honduras. The temperatures reached 107 degrees in the afternoon – 112 degrees heat index.

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We made friends with local ministry couples and foreign missionaries. We heard many testimonies of God’s work. We were so moved by the service of the Christian medical team and the hospital staff and felt their joy in serving the Lord. We were surrounded by so many servant hearts and were so blessed to be spending time with these people. Their service and devotion to the Lord’s work was infectious. Pastor Carlos and Naomi

“Serve the Lord with gladness.” – Psalm 100:2 KJV

Ten Characteristics of a Woman who Fears the Lord

 

 Ten Characteristics of a Woman who Fears the Lordfb roses

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)

 

  1. She knows the Lord.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

  1. She loves the Lord deeply.

“My hearts says of you, ‘Seek his face.’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.” (Psalm 27:8 )

“As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God.” (Psalm 42:1)

  1. She is wise.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  (Proverbs 1:7)

“The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom.” (Proverbs 15:33)

  1. She has a tender heart towards the things of God.

“Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.” (Proverbs 28:14)

  1. She repents of her sin.

“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” (Psalm 51:3)

  1. She seeks to walk upright and in full integrity.

“He whose walk is upright fears the Lord.” (Proverbs 14:2)

  1. She can laugh at the days to come.

“I know, O Lord, that man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)

“The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied.” (Proverbs 19:23)

“In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence.” (Proverbs 14:26)

“Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.” (Psalm 34:9)

  1. She seeks to serve God’s Kingdom.

“Serve the Lord with reverent fear.” (Psalm 2:11)

“Now fear the Lord and serve Him with faithfulness.” (Joshua 24:14)

“They will still bear fruit in old age; they will stay fresh and green.” (Psalm 92:14)

  1. She has a passion for God’s Word and his ways.

“What does the Lord God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 10:12)

  1. She seeks to do God’s will.

“Through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.” (Proverbs 16:6)

“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua  24:15)

 

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