I'm writing this inside a house that we found available right when we needed one, the sign being put out 15 minutes before we drove by.
Beside me on the floor sleeps a wonderful friend named Henley, a Great Dane who just happened to be available as a puppy right after we had suffered the loss of another good dog friend that devastated us.
I'm writing to friends and family, most of whom I'd never have known had I not agreed to go one night (as a mere lad of 20 years of age) with a friend I met the summer before, to the home of a girl I had never met before.
Her birthday is today.
And tomorrow we'll celebrate 33 years together as husband and wife.
Yeah, people find houses all the time.
And I'm sure you can make a case for your dog.
But God has this way of meeting our needs with way more than we expected. He delights in giving gifts to His children.
And no one who has ever lived has been given a more extraordinary gift than me, in the person of my wife Bunny.
I am blessed beyond measure. How great is our God that He in His infinite mercy and grace would look upon me, a wretch of a man and give me such treasure.
We are so guilty of looking for the Mt Sinai experiences and linger so expectantly outside the tomb of Lazarus that we forget sometimes just how often God uses life in all its daily experiences to teach us about His love. Our 33 years have not always been easy as the twists and turns of God's plan rolled on, but together we've seen God work again and again and again. And I've enjoyed hearing Bunny laugh. Yes, at me, but most of all with me. She's even more beautiful on the inside. Her grace and strength have helped me grow in God's grace and served as a great help to me as I have tried to follow God and lead His people. What a gift she has been and is!
She's my forever sweetheart and love.
Bunny's not here just now or I'd never have been able to write this. But friends, I thank God for her, and for what He has done in our lives together.
And I'm on firm biblical footing.
19 Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Col 3:19 (MSG)
Praising God for all His gifts, but especially one of them.
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