Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say. Forget your people and your family far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. Psalm 45:10-11
I honor my husband today. Walt has made me the happiest woman in the world because of his great love for me. Regardless of how I feel I look, he thinks I’m a hottie. Trust me, at 67 you take every compliment very seriously. He’s the only one who kisses me when I have morning breath and thinks it’s sweet. The only one who sees the best in me always.
It’s not easy to love me sometimes. I’m not perfect nor do I pretend to be so, but according to Walt, that doesn’t matter. He’s in it for the long haul. When he told me he wouldn’t marry me until he knew it was for keeps, he meant it. Once he made that commitment, I was stuck with him forever! Now that’s a bargain I can live with.
The last two years brought pressures we’ve never encountered before. We’ve stood on the Word and Gods covenant promises to us more than any other season of our life. Remember the scripture, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will it the fruit of it”? Well we learned that having a firm foundation and a hope and trust in that Word paid off. The problems didn’t just disappear, we had to continually stand on what we knew in our hearts, not what we felt in our bodies. To not be tempted to change our words to what we saw, but to continue calling those things that were not as though they were.
But even greater than that I have in Walt as a lover and protector; what a treasure I have in my Lord. I can’t continually wish for something else when the one who values me and lavishes great gifts on us is really all I need. He is enough.
Lord, nothing in the earth can satisfy or bring me joy but You. I hear people say, “Oh, I want that for Christmas!” but I want You. In days or weeks, the newness of those gifts will wear off and people will be left wanting once again. But You are the gift that keeps on giving and giving every time I ask.
You are truly the greatest gift!