"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion & the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) A daily devotional especially intended to offer compassion to other challenged parents of kids with special needs. Visit our home page at www.snappin.org!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
My Dear Valentine,
It has been many years that we have been together now. Our life has been incredible. Oh, how we have experienced intense emotional moments on the pendulum of life. The bitter heartache of sadness and the exhilarating happiness.
You're are my partner in this journey. This journey includes our little ducklings that don't always follow in a nice and neat line. Yet, you are sensitive to each one and our little ducklings will never miss an opportunity to hide under your wing for warmth and security.
If I was completely honest... I like to hide under your wing sometimes too. The constant barraging that this world brings is wearying. The Lord has given you to me for stability also and I do praise Him for that.
We never knew that disability would be a piece to our life puzzle. This piece definitely came unexpectedly. The most incredible part about your love and dedication is that you have adjusted the shape of your piece, and helped me chisel corners of my puzzle piece so that disability fits perfectly into our family. Acceptance has chiseled off the edge of expectations. Agape love has sanded down the round edge of selfishness.
Here we are, these years later, just beginning to get a glimpse of this entire puzzle. The picture is the most incredible water-based painting God has put together. I say that it's painted with water colors because of all the tears that have fallen down our cheeks. Tears of pain beside a hospital bed. Tears of joy when milestones were reached. Tears of relief when we've fully leaned on God or friends who've held our weight.
The painter, God, has also added his tears to this painting. His passion for us led Him to die for our shortcomings on the Cross at Calvary. These tears of redemption are the tears that hold our life painting together. Without the forgiveness of our selfishness and pride that Jesus lays as the base coating to our painting, I am sure that this puzzle would not fit together. It would almost be like a hopeless game of 'picking up the toys' that we play most nights.
So, as your husband, I will praise you in the gates of the city. The truth is that I am your biggest fan! I am in consistent amazement that God allowed me to hold your hand, share our bed and gaze into your beautiful eyes.