Hymn of Promise

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ~~ words & music by Natalie Sleeth, 1986 United Methodist Hymnal

Friday, September 25, 2009

25 Years of Wedded Bliss!

I haven't been around much this month! I'm sorry! I haven't done any wonderful projects to share with you all! I've been working alot at Curves, started selling Avon!, my sister from Fresno, Ca has been visiting and the DH and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary! And I can say with great pride that "DH" stands for "Dear Husband!" and not "dumb husband"! LOL! I took the week off from work because he had wanted us to go back to Florida where we went for our honeymoon. From previous experience last spring for my birthday we were not inclined to leave the house in the hands of our 21 and 17 year old boys! So we planned to go out to dinner as we do every anniversary. I've been worked up about this anniversary! I wanted it to be special! Special dress, manicure, pedicure, jewelry...I worked myself up into a tizzy! Did I expect a gift? No, I really didn't. He's never done that for an anniversary before...but then again?!? It is our 25th! Yes, I admit here, to you all, that this lady was feeling quite sorry for herself the morning of the 22nd on our anniversary. A friend of mine works at a very nice local jewelry shop and she had picked out some pieces she knew I would love. I even went by there and tried on the ring. It was a sterling band with 18k gold filagree overlay and a beautiful faceted amethyst and 2 little pink sapphires! Very vintage looking! It fit perfectly. "you can try, but he's never given me an anniversary gift like this," I told her. As I was indulging in a pity party that morning I told myself this was ridiculous! Laura, you have a blessed life! I needed to turn to the Lord that morning to get myself back into perspective! I have to share the scripture message: "My life makes its boast in the Lord. ~Psalm 34:2 "Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Understand who you are in Jesus Christ. You are more than capable in Him." In other words, He has given me everything I need to do and to live as I should...flowers, rings, these things are not what I should be seeking to make me happy! You'd think I was 10 years old and not 49! I immediately felt strength and peace and happiness with what I have! That night I came downstairs decked out and ready to go out to dinner with my wonderful DH (dear husband) and of course asked him the proverbial "How do I look?" Wonderful he says, "but something's missing" WHAT! ...then he hands me a small wrapped package! Good things do come in small packages! He got me the ring! I ate humble pie for dinner that night! I cried! I told him how special he made me feel! Did I need the ring to make me happy? No, by that time I had learned my lesson. But, as I've tried to explain to my husband...it is the thought that counts! What I truly needed was the thought and not the ring. Here's to the next 25! (But don't get the idea I'm returning the ring! After all, it does fit perfectly! LOL!)