Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 17: Something that You're Proud of

30-Day Blog Challenge

I appreciate the blog challenge, but the next time I do one to bring me out of a writer's block, I think I'm going to make up my own list of questions.  Maybe several of us could collaborate on a list.  Is there a hair blogger's challenge out there somewhere?  A Christian woman's blogger's challenge?  How about a Star Wars or trivia geek challenge?  By the way, I did not know until today 10x more slaves went to Brazil than the United States.  How did I not know this for so many years!?!

Oh... I haven't answered the question yet... *blushing*

The things I'm proud of go so far beyond just me.  I'm thrilled about a lot of accomplishments, but I can't think of one thing I did completely on my own.  There was always help, even when I may not have recognized it.  God was at work in anything and everything about which I could be proud.
Wedding reception in Rhode Island, 2009
(I love this picture of him
with that gorgeous smile)

I think the one thing I'm most pleased by is the transformation of my marriage over the last five years.  It's nothing short of miraculous.  People who know us know our testimony.  After four years, our marriage was literally in the valley of the shadow of death.  It's amazing how the wedge starts from something (seemingly) so small, and then it becomes a canyon before your eyes.  Can you imagine what it would be like if a crack in your sidewalk tonight became a complete split through the middle of your home?  It was like we could see the disaster, but we really didn't know how to handle it, where to go, or who could help us... for real.  Sometimes you can do all the "right things" and seem OK, or you feel like you can muscle through it, but inside you're weak and writhing.  That was us.

I won't go into all the details, but we came to a point where we were absolutely desperate for a lifeline, and the Lord provided.  After some intense Christian counseling, tons of prayer, patience, forgiveness, deliverance and healing, I am so happy to even be able to say we will soon be celebrating nine years.  Thank. You. God.

I had no idea my response to this topic would take this direction, but I'm glad it did.  Minister Charles, I love you and I've got your back.


Tia said...

That's just beautiful. It is so encouraging to see and hear about couples that fight for their love. So many give up too easily.

Shones said...

Thanks, Tia, and I agree. Although it's certainly not always easy to work things out, I definitely think marriage is worth the work... especially if it can become an even greater marriage than it was!