It’s finally Friday! That day we let our guard down and join the flash mob of writers, over at Kate’s place to write on one word, and all in five minutes. Today I feel as though I got stampeded by the mob as hubs and I have been sick most of this week. Our house smells like every essential oil one can use to combat this bronchial crud! It’s been a rough few days and then I realize how blessed we are to only be dealing with this. I think about having a houseful of sick little people rather than just the two of us. And, then I scold myself and think about our precious sister, Kara Tippetts, finding joy even in the pain of dying. THOSE are reality checks I have to make because I know how blessed I am and I never want to forget the struggles so many have. O! For grace to trust Him more.
But now this word KEEP is demanding some attention so…
The very first thing I thought of was Isaiah 26.3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You..
That is a special scripture as it was my mom’s favorite, along with 1 Peter 5.7.
But I’m going another direction.
I was a single mom at 27, with three kids, and quite devastated that my first love, the love of my life, abandoned me for another woman. For several years I was a bad girl. Still a good mom, worked a full time job, kept a home, etc. But, on the weekend I was someone quite different! Then I met this crazy guy and I knew in my heart the Lord told me, “Him. You will marry him.” We were complete opposites (still are 30+ years later). Back on topic.
I remember one day saying to this crazy man who knew more jokes than a comedian and had the ability to make me laugh,
“If you can keep me laughing, you can keep me.”
He has and he is. 33 years later and this crazy man can still keep me in stitches!
A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17.22
I guess you could call me a kept woman!