Pregnant Brooke and My Guest Blogger…Richie!
I’d like to take today’s blog time to share with you the EXCITING news that next week we will have our first official Blogging Guest. He’s my husband, Richard!
I can still call him a Guest, right? And not make it sound like he was forced to do this or something…Right?
Well, that’s what I’ll call him, then…My unforced (wink) Guest Blogger.
I can’t wait to see what he comes up with—although I should probably be very, very afraid. After all, you have read my past posts, right?
Before we get to the future, though (which means next Monday-Friday), I want to bring you back to our present.
We have been married nearly 13 years.
And, if you meet my husband, you’ll practically see a halo around his foreband (it’s what my daughter refers to as forehead).
And then you’d meet me.
And then you’d especially call him a saint.
But, I am here to tell you the truth…
My husband is very, very human.
Our marriage is very, very real.
In fact, our marriage is so real it’s a miracle that in a month we’ll be celebrating 13 years.
We’ve nearly ended our marriage twice. Not once. But twice.
There was one point in our marriage where I only saw darkness. I saw no sliver of light. I saw no hope. I was certain that our marriage would become a statistic.
And yet, when the tunnel of darkness seemed endlessly long, we found a sliver of light. We survived.
For many more years, that is.
And then I was certain that our marriage, no, that we, had come to the end. The Final End.
I am not going to share the details of our relationship—because, if you are married, you know.
You know that marriage is about two people.
And neither person is perfect.
What I would like to share is this—we serve an awesome God. And he has taught us endlessly about love. He has shared with us endless grace. He has given us endless mercy. And, in our marriage, he has extended to each of us unfathomable forgiveness.
And because God did this for us—we, after a very long and painful road, came to realize that we too could offer this gift—forgiveness—to one another.
And, oh man! Our marriage has never been more glorious.
Our relationship has never been more honest.
Our lives, as individuals and a married couple, have never been so free.
Not free to run and do as we want. If you have kids, you know automatically that’s NOT a good idea.
Please, if everyone ran around doing what they wanted—instead of what they should—it would be a painfully destructive world.
Instead, we have discovered that we are free. Free to do what is best for one another. Best for our family. Best for our lives as people that love God to the very core of our being.
Today, I am here to introduce you to my husband.
And I want you to know he is a GREAT man.
He appears saintly.
He appears angelic.
He appears to have it all together…
But he is a real as you can get—and we fight hard for our marriage.
Because of the grace of God-and the beautiful, unbelievable gift of forgiveness.
Friends, I hope that you will realize that when in darkness, there is light. It is found through the amazing grace of Jesus. And, with Him, you can overcome.
See you next week.
(As a Reader—because next week I am not the Writer)