Friday, July 30, 2010

Unanswered Prayers

As a rule, I don't really like country music. But I do like some of Garth Brooks' songs and this one in particular. It's called "Unanswered Prayers" and every time I listen to it, I think of all the things I've prayed for that I'm glad God didn't give me.

"Just the other night at a hometown football game,
My wife and I ran into my old highschool flame,
And as I introduced them, the past came back to me,
And I couldn't help but think of the way things used to be.

She was the one that I'd wanted for all time,
And each night I'd spend prayin' that God would make her mine,
And if He'd only grant me, this wish I wished back then,
I'd never ask for anything again.

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers,
Remeber when you're talkin' to the Man upstairs,
That just because He doesn't answer doesn't mean He don't care,
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.

She wasn't quite the angel that I remembered in my dreams,
And I could tell that time had changed me
In her eyes too it seemed,
We tried to talk about the old days
There wasn't much we could recall
I guess the Lord knows what He's doin' after all

And as she walked away and I looked at my wife,
Then and there I thanked the good Lord
For the gifts in my life

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you're talkin' to the Man upstairs
That just because He may not answer doesn't mean He don't care,
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.

Some of God's greatest gifts are all too often unanswered prayers."

Monday, July 26, 2010

A True Friend

Last night, my husband and I watched “Steel Magnolias” with Julia Roberts, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, and Sally Fields. [Spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen this movie and plan on watching it, you may not want to read this blog] The movie was rather sad since Julia Roberts’s character dies. But I was impressed by the five main women in this movie. They stuck together, no matter what. They laughed together, grieved together, gossip, made fun of each other, and told each other secrets. Sometimes they were frustrated with each other, but it never lasted long. These women knew what it meant to be a true friend. These women were living life together.

I don’t think very many people today have true friends, and I think that’s due mostly to the fact that a lot of people don’t know how to be a true friend. It’s more than someone you go shopping or fishing with on the weekend. It’s someone who lives life with you, who shares in the joys and struggles as if they themselves were going through them, and vice versa. You don’t always have to agree or like the same things but you do have to be willing to walk through the deepest valley’s with your friend. You have to be willing to feel their pain as if it was yours. Being on the mountaintops with your friend is the easy part and definitely the fun part and that’s usually where friendships are started, but it’s the bitterness of disappointment and despair that will test the bonds that unite the two of you and when those bonds are tested and found to be strong enough – that’s when you have a true friend and when you are a true friend.

God Himself said that “it’s not good for man to be alone.” That verse is applied to marriage a lot, but it’s more fundamental than the marriage covenant. God’s saying that every person needs a friend, that He didn’t intend for us to go through life on our own. You may wonder why I speak so strongly about friendship when it may appear to many that I don’t have very many friends. In fact, I’ve been criticized at times for not having more friends. While it is true that I have very few friends, I don’t feel that I lack anything. There are, in fact, just three people who fall into the “friend” category which I’ve described. One is, of course, my husband; one is my younger sister; and one is another person I met a couple years ago. These three friends know my heart; they know that when I say stupid, moronic things that I don’t mean it. They share my burdens and I share theirs. They celebrate with me and I with them. When any one of these three needs me, I’m there for them; and I know that when I need them, they’re always there for me. These are the people I plan on going through life with. There may be one or two others later on who become a friend, but for now, these three are all I want or need. Without them, life would be impossible. With them, life is an exciting adventure.

Friday, July 23, 2010

God and Brett Favre

God asks Peyton Manning first: "What do you believe?"

Peyton thinks long and hard, looks God in the eye, and says, "I believe in hard work and in staying true to family and friends. I believe in giving. I was lucky, but I walsy tried to do right by my fans."

God can't help but see the essential goodness of Manning, and offers him a seat to his left.

Then God turns to Aaron Rodgers and says, "What do you believe?"

Aaron says, "I believe passion, discipline, courage and honor are the fundamentals of life. I, too, have been lucky, but win or lose, I've always tried to be a true sportsman, both on and off the playing fields."

God is greatly moved by Aaron's sincere eloquence and he offers him a seat to his right.

Finally, God turns to Brett Favre, "And you, Brett, what do you believe?"

Brett replies, "I believe you're in my seat."

Monday, July 19, 2010

My Husband

I haven't written in quite a while. Things have been busy around here, between work, chores around the house, extra projects we're trying to get done, and me trying to figure out what I'm going to do about school this fall. I'm also trying to finish a book - "Why Men Hate Going to Church". Excellent book.
Anyway, the only reason I'm writing tonight is to talk about my husband. He's a very wonderful, special, sweet, caring man. There's been some rather negative things that I've had to deal with recently and he's always been here for me, to give me a shoulder to cry on, words of comfort, or just a hug when words weren't adequate. Everyday, he goes to work to provide for me. He holds down a job and a half, just so I can have things that I want. He goes to school for me, so he can have a better job someday so I can be a stay-at-home mom. He makes me feel special all the time, as if I'm the most beautiful girl in the world. He listens to me, even when he doesn't necessarily want to (like when I talk about politics). He loves me... no matter what.
And I love him too, more than words can convey. I know I don't tell him that often enough, which is a fault all of us have I think. But I do love him and that will never change. No matter the trials we'll go through, no matter how I feel, I'll always love him.