“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:4-8
I couldn’t begin to talk about love without first acknowledging the love of my Heavenly Father – because He is love! He gave us the example of how we should love. As I seek to follow Him, my desire is to show His love to the people in my life.
Pictured above is my husband’s grandmother’s Bible. When she died a note was found inside that said she wanted him to have her bible – I’m sure that she saw in him even as a little boy the godly man he was to become.
The second greatest love in my life is my husband, Adolph, who truly is my best friend. In 1969 my family moved to Eastman, Georgia, and I went to work in one of the local factories. I was planning to attend a Design Institute in the fall to study Interior Design and needed to work to help with expenses. But my plans soon changed. One day at work a good looking guy kept driving by on a forklift and I began to flirt with him. I said to the girl I was working with, “This is the man I am going to marry.” And she said, “He is my brother-in-law, would you like for me to introduce you?” Well of course!!! We went out that weekend and were inseparable from then on. Three months later we were married – at the young ages of 18 and 19. Did we know what loves was at that age? Certainly not – but we grew up together and grew into love. This year we will celebrate our 42nd anniversary.
Here I am with the love of my life just before we ran/walked a 5K last month. Not only does he support me in what I do – he often joins me.
The next greatest love in my life is my family. We were blessed with three children – two daughters and a son – and then, as they married my heart expanded to embrace three more loves. We are so proud of all of our children and the wonderful adults they have become. In 1991 our daughter blessed us with our first granddaughter. My heart overflowed with love and this little girl stole my heart. As each additional grandchild came along I fell in love all over again. They truly are a delight!
Here are all nine of our grandchildren with me on my birthday in September.
Lest anyone thinks we have the perfect marriage or the perfect family, let me assure you we do not. There have been ups and downs and trials and triumphs, but love covers it all!
Well, that is it for me. When I think of love my heart always goes to God, my precious husband, and my family. I do have many other joys and delights in my life but none can compare with these.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13
(This week's Display theme was "LOVE". Be sure to visit 1890 Gable House Musings and check out all of this week's participants.)
May you be blessed with love,
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