Tuesday November 4, 2008

I just wanted to publicly proclaim my praises of Steven, my wonderful husband.
This is the man who lovingly sacrifices for me and our family, day after day after day.
In big things and in little things.

By getting up early to drive 45 minutes to the office.
By working overtime.
By chopping wood to heat our home.
By paying bills on time.
By changing diapers.
By wiping tears.
By fixing the cars.
By playing with the dog.
By holding me tight.
By listening.
By teaching and talking.
By gently leading.
By his patience.
By thinking I am beautiful.
By raising children.
By mowing the lawn and raking the leaves.
By bringing home dinner when I’m too tired to cook.
By taking out the trash.
By rubbing my shoulders.
By calling me at lunch break every day.
By diligently working a mundane job to provide financially.
By being innovative in his workplace.
By spending the last twelve months studying and learning about a new field.
By spending the last nine months searching, applying, and interviewing for new jobs.
By seeking God’s wisdom in when to decline job offers.
By showing the love of Christ to me each day.
By showing the light of Christ to those in darkness around him at work.
By faithfully pursuing wisdom.

These things are just the beginning — just what easily slid out my fingertips on the keyboard.
There are so many other ways that Steven blesses us.
I am so thankful for my husband. What a gift from God!!

And I am so thankful that God has rewarded my husband in a new tangible way.
We just found out that Steven has been offered (and subsequently has accepted) a new position! At his current employer, to boot — which means not starting on the bottom rung. Woo hoo! God has seen fit to reward Steven’s diligent, patience, and perseverance. I am overjoyed for my husband! To think that soon he will be moving into the technical field, which is what he has desired, makes me so happy — because I know that it will make Steven happy. And to be happy in his work will be such a double blessing! Not to mention the experience, the raise, and the opportunities that will flow from this new job.
When I congratulated Steven for putting forth his hard work and cheerful diligence which lead him to this new position, he said something to the effect of it being only by the grace of God. And amen! But that just shows how wonderful my husband is, yet again. Giving God all the glory and praise. (1 Cor 15:10 “…by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”)
I am thankful for this man.

Steven, my love, my husby, I am thankful for YOU. I praise God for the gift He gave me in giving us to one another. Thank you for working hard for our family. Thank you for your diligence working both at home and at the office. Thank you for being patient with me. Thank you for setting a wonderful example for our son. Thank you for doing little things that bless me. Thank you for surprising me with hugs and kisses when I least expect them. Thank you for showing God’s grace to people in darkness. Thank you for seeking wisdom. Thank you for growing in grace. Thank you for correcting and gently leading me. Thank you for your desire to live with your wife in an understanding way. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for marrying me. Thank you for being mine and having me be yours. I am so proud of you. And I am so thankful that I am blessed by your daily presence. I could not be happier. God is so good. May He be glorified in our family and in our marriage. May He be glorified by your new job. May He continue to bless the work of your hands.
I love you forever — which is never long enough.

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