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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

taking care...

 Be shepherds of Gods flock that is under your care, watching over themnot because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
   God opposes the proud 
   but shows favor to the humble
 Humble yourselves, therefore, under Gods mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
1 Peter 5:2-6 (N IV)

My beloved’s idea of a joke.
Like anybody believes he kisses my feet
...with lipstick???
My husband and I were discussing The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman this weekend.  As an “acts of service” guy, praying on this 24th consecutive day that he would grow in humility, be a good shepherd and a good steward is easy.  Remember, he was born with a mustache, and has a natural affinity for taking care.  And no, he doesn’t need an S on his chest…he expects to do (well) what he does. 

According to Chapman, for those who love via acts of service “they are thinking, “Cut the talk.  If you loved me, you would do something…”  He’s not that brusque, but that’s who he is, and how he loves.

After nearly 19 years of marriage, you’d better know what you know, and know whom you’re with…As we were preparing for our wedding, there was purportedly a conversation between my then intended and my adoring daddy (God rest his soul), wherein daddy confessed his satisfaction at our upcoming nuptials as I was the kind of women who needed looking after.  I choose not to be demeaned or in any way insulted by the characterization…ultimately, daddy was right.  I needed someone who would treasure and secure me, giving me just what I needed to spread my wings and soar. Daddy knew best.

I have been blessed to have extraordinary, Godly, loving men in my life since my first day on the planet.  It is a gift I give, with pride, to both my daughter AND my son.  Once again, I say, my cup runneth over.  Once again, I say, God is good.

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