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Marriage Celebrated

My husband and I diverted from the ordinary and took a weekend off to spend time together. Just us. Not ministry or family or reunion or business. Dale told me to decide where I want to go and plan it! Wow! We hadn't done anything like this for years, so my head was spinning!

The idea was to Celebrate Our Marriage! Joy in all God has given to us! Remember all He has brought us through in these twenty years of marriage.

Twenty years ago on our wedding day! Young and in love...

Here we are twenty years later! Still young and still in love!!!

I'll tell you a little secret. The idea of planning a weekend for us actually intimidated me and I got shy about it. It is absolutely ridiculous, I know! But I panicked over what we would do because our routine family vacation finds Dale and Julian doing their thing and Jacquelyn and I taking a different route for a good part of the day, in among the shared festivities. We've found a delightful (and sometimes annoying) arrangement that w…

With Thanksgiving!

In this year of new beginnings and celebration of God's bountiful provision I am discovering the delights of gratitude. It is life-changing to be thankful! No wonder God instructs us to give thanks in everything. It makes life beautiful!
It is a time of jubilee for our family…

Jubilee  noun 1. anyseasonoroccasionofrejoicingorfestivity. 4.OldTestamentayearthatwastobeobservedevery50thyear,
duringwhichHebrewslaveswereto beliberated,

No, we have not been married 25 years yet (make that 20!), and no one has reached 50 years of age (please, I'm not even 40!), both of which are associated with jubilee. I think it has more to do with the Old Testament definition of jubilee. Dale and I just have a sense that this is our own year of jubilee…celebration, restoration, and thanksgiving for what God has done for us.
However, as we know from the Word of God, we are to make thankfulness a lifestyle:
"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's …

Dwellings...Our Parade of Ten Homes in Twenty Years

10. Dover Road

And now for the final dwelling in our parade of homes. This move was not just a few miles down the road. No, we were uprooted and taken across the state line into Ohio then politely deposited in Amish Country. To be sure, it is one of the last places I ever thought I'd be taking up residence, but here I am!

There is a verse of promise God gave me during a time of trial over a year ago. Psalm 84:6 "When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a Place of Refreshing Springs."

The sparkling lily and the elegant rose blooming in our new gardens in the spring. Lovely surprises!

Already, God's promise is being fulfilled. I take great delight in the new home, new village, new friends, new church, new hope God has showered upon us! For I'm a child of a Father who cares for the tiny details of my life. In so many amazing ways God has brought refreshing and renewing into our family.

"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in ev…