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Luckiest man alive…

*Introducing the other half of the warrior woman behind Shattered in Him…

I happen to be the husband of a very talented, beautiful, and wonderful woman.  If you have spent any time at all reading her testimony, you know what a wounded warrior she is.   She has been fighting for her life since day one and now she and God are winning.  When I decided to marry her I thought that I could be her Braveheart or Prince Phillip and destroy the mighty past dragon.

I failed miserably.  She has been the one to make me see what a blind idiot I have been throughout my life and has encouraged me in my walk with God more than any other influence in my life.  I obviously married completely out of my league.  She is an amazing lady in every way possible.  I consider myself the luckiest man in the whole blogosphere.

I appreciate the reception that she has received from many of her readers.  Thank you for the words of encouragement and for giving her the opportunity to have an outlet that most likely will end up helping someone who has found themselves in similar situations.  I certainly don’t claim that my wife and I have a perfect marriage; I have cut her with words and actions that I regret deeply and she has thrown verbal and solid objects at my head, probably well deserved.  But, God has given us a gift that brings us together emotionally and physically… that’s all I need to say about that.

The phrase, “but God” was the subject of a sermon I heard on Sunday by a Reverend Terry Green, taken from Ephesians 2:4 “but God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us…”

Using  examples from the Bible, from history, and from his own personal life the pastor told in each instance where things looked impossible and then said “but God”.

In 2nd Chronicles, Jehoshaphat the king of Judah was inquiring of the Lord about the three large armies approaching from the north.  He asked three main questions of the Lord in his prayer; “are you not?…did you not?…will you not?”

God has exemplified a pattern of behavior throughout the Bible and, indeed through human history, his actions show who he is and thus proves he will do what he says that he will do.  In Jehoshaphat’s case, the three armies turned against each other and when the army of Judah went out to meet them they found a valley of dead bodies.

Whether God creates impossible situations in order to prove to those of us with thick skulls that he is able to do what he claims or if impossible situations are the easiest ways to see his mighty right arm work is a question for the theologians.  Jehoshaphat might have said that a large force was coming against us that I knew we could not defeat on our own power, but God fought our battle for us.  Moses would have said that the sea was in front of us and the mightiest army on earth was behind us, but God parted the sea.  Daniel might have said that he was thrown into a den of lions that would have eaten him, But God shut their mouths.  Lazarus probably said that he was dead and starting to smell that way, but God said, “come forth”.

In my life I was convinced that I had destroyed my marriage for good, but God had a plan for us and it is being revealed daily.

If you have a situation that seems impossible in your life; why don’t you ask God if he is who he says he is, if he has done what others have said he has done, and if he will do what he says he will do.  I think God relishes in proving that his mercies endure forever.

 

Heavenly Father,

I pray for all the impossible situations out there and I pray for everyone who has been discouraged and afraid to put their trust in you.  I pray that you would show them your mighty right arm and that your mercies do indeed endure forever. 

Amen.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.  

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Partners in crime until the end!

63 thoughts on “Luckiest man alive…”

  1. She seems to like you…a little bit. Curious, what is YOUR definition of perfect – Please don’t tell me it’s troubles free as that would dreadfully boring. πŸ˜€ Ginger ale? bit off sauce for the moment and that sounds good.

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      1. I am very proud of you, Love. You deserve the recognition and the applause. You are a wonderful example to men everywhere of what God can do when you to turn to Him and change it all around. Through it all, I would still say yes and be your bride.

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    1. Thank you so much and I think my husband’s night was made! πŸ˜€ Also, you helped me connect with some others and that is always such a huge blessing. God bless you great big as you continue to do what you do! πŸ˜€

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    1. I think your son-in-law is trying to get some brownie points! I was able to recover a lot of files and our silly cowboy and cowgirl pictures were recovered in the mix. I have been so happy to see them!! I am thankful that I have a husband who cares to be so involved in this endeavor of mine. I won’t revoke his administrative blog privileges just yet. πŸ˜€

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  2. Most of us men, if we are honest, will see we have married out of our league. You are blessed to have a wife who is confident enough to “set you straight”. This is at it should be. She is not second fiddle, second class or a doting, obedient servant to the master of the household. She is ezer kenegdo (look that up…Skip Moen does a nice study on it, I believe).

    I have been married for over 30 years and have been learning this more in the last few years than all the years before.

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  3. Loved getting a glimpse of, the voice of, the man who lifts this beautiful woman to the Lord. Does my heart good to know you truly value her. God’s amazing and what He has done in your marriage is so worthy of Honor and Praise!

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  4. Awww… so sweet..

    For a moment I thought you were dead…
    and I couldn’t wait to finish reading πŸ“– to find out how..
    Hahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š
    Silly silly me…

    That was so touching and really sweet of the luckiest man on blogsphere..

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  5. Oh my goodness you guys. So much love for you both! I wish we could get together for coffee and catch up! I have so much to say to you both! Suffice to say…
    Robbie, I am so proud of you and happy for you. What a beautiful answer to many prayers your life has become!
    JD, I feel like you are the little lost girl that I never actually knew but thought I did…who has come back home in a truly miraculous way. The bits and pieces I’ve had a chance to read have taken my breath away. You have always been beautiful and now I see how deep that beauty actually is…by God’s grace!
    “Thanks for sharing” seems so trite but truly…thank you. The world needs more beautifully honest and real hearts like yours. Much love to both of you! ❀

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      1. Found and followed your blog. Looks great…love the direction it looks like it’s going to take, and love the name. πŸ™‚ It’s good to hear back from you. Truly am glad to see all the wonderful things God is doing in your life.

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    1. Whew, girl! Why did you have to go so far away? Now we will have to have coffee and catch up via some method of technology. I told the other half to snag your email and get back in touch. I saw a picture from school the other day that had me do a huge double-take. Everyone looked so young and different and I was like, “Wait! That’s Tawnya!”. It was like seeing someone I knew, yet wondering if I really knew. So, that makes perfect sense. The journey has a way of going full circle, doesn’t it? If you come through town for the holidays, we must make a coffee date.

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      1. Well, I keep meaning to message you on FB or something…and maybe I still will. I am a little bit in awe of how little I actually knew someone that I walked the same halls (or at least same campus) with for at least a year…? Or more? I don’t know how long you attended OCS – but anyway, yes, someone I knew yet somehow didn’t. Makes sense. πŸ™‚ We will DEFINITELY have to get together the next time I’m in town. You are such a blessing – I want to make sure you know that. Your writing has moved me to tears several times. But more about that later. May God bless your day in very real and tangible ways today. ❀

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  6. Oh my word! This was so encouraging and such a beautiful read. Thank you guys for opening your hearts to all of us who need it. So blessed by this!

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  7. Listen, it appears that I have neglected your blog. I don’t know how I overlooked it, seeing as I have visited J.D.’s but here I am, and guess what? I wanted to cry for the 2nd time today. Such a lovely message. So powerful, moving, affecting. Thank you and, you and your wife are so beautiful. Bye for now.

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