Wrappings and bows

The month of August usually sets my mind toward marriage as my anniversary gets closer. Each year I am amazed with the ways that God has moved and continues to move within my husband and me. The places we’ve grown, the places we still stumble. I review where we laughed, grew, cried, rebuilt, and so on. It’s as if the blessings of our marriage are being seen by me for the first time.

At a recent volunteer luncheon, the speaker shared the verses in Psalm 78:70-72 and how each of us has been given talents and gifts to use within God’s kingdom and for His purposes.

He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance. With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand (Psalm 78:70-72 ESV).

As I listened to the message, I realized that David grew up learning how to care for his sheep and one day would care for all of Israel. It was his training – even when he did not know he was in training- that prepared David for the throne. Throughout our marriage, even before we married, my husband and I were being prepared for the roles we would fill.

Now as empty-nesters, I see some of the roles that God may be preparing my husband to fulfill in the years to come. He is talented with mathematics, cooking, he will drop everything and help a friend in need. He remembers the tender things others may not. He is our family’s defender and will stand by us in any battle. His personal battles and struggles have equipped him to see and understand where many would rather point fingers and criticize.

I used to believe that I was always going to be a teacher. Now I am learning that education is not only reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic, but also restoration, recovery, and refocusing. My heart is for those who need space, quiet, a slower pace, and an opportunity to simply breathe. My heart yearns to create a place for that very experience.

My hubby and I have come to recognize that our home is where we can create this very environment. We have been preparing our physical house, but also our emotional house, that we will be available and useable by the Holy Spirit. I am hopeful- and prayerful- to see the wrappings and bows removed from the gifts and talents God has been owning in each of us, that we would be used by Him in new ways.

Best Beloved, what about you? Are you able to see that the experiences you have had in the past were building blocks for how God may use you in the future? I have mentioned before in Bumps, bruises, and stories, that the scars and bruises you may have had in life may very well be a tool you can use to help someone else heal.

I pray you will allow God to show you what He sees in your life and the ways He has grown you to join Him in His purposes.

An old pastor of mine used to say, “If you are still sucking air, you still have a job to do.” Pretty blunt, but still true. If we are here and not in Heaven, then we are not done here. Let’s unwrap the gifts and talents we’ve been given and start sharing them with others.

Blessings to you Dear Ones,


About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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