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I also want to tell you about an article I read recently. It is written by Russell Moore, and he reflects on Christian married love and his wife’s virtues. What a tribute to his wife. She must be a very special person.
What My Wife Taught Me about Glory and Power
I had a wonderful birthday this week. I got some gifts — including several new books on writing that I’ve been wanting, a Christmas cactus with dozens of buds that I will hopefully keep alive until Christmas, and a new printer to replace the one that has been making my life more than difficult lately. My girls fixed a good dinner and my favorite dessert. My husband and son picked up Chinese for today’s lunch. Did I tell you we celebrate birthday weeks at our house?
They also encouraged me to do some things this week that I want to do rather than all the things I feel that I have to do, so I read some books and reorganized my recipes. If that doesn’t sound like something you would like to do, sorry, but with three people cooking in our house the recipes were becoming more and more difficult to work with — especially since some of us have been trying new things off the internet, losing them and printing them again, and again, and sometimes again.
So my recipes are in order, I’ve learned some new things from the books I’ve read, and I ran across this poem that really spoke to me, so I’ll close with it and hope it says something encouraging to you too.
You are who you are for a reason….
by Russell Kelfer
You are who you are for a reason.
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman or man.
You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb.
You’re just what He wanted to make.
The parents you had were the ones He chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind,
And they bear the Master’s seal.
No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into His likeness you’d grow.
You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is a God!
Finding Joy in the Journey,
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