Wednesday, August 29, 2007

We Love Jesus. Period.

A few weeks ago we had an unusual thing happen. My husband had run over to our church late on a Saturday afternoon to pick up a guitar he wanted to practice with at home. While there, the church phone rang so he answered it. On the other end of the line was a young woman, very distraught, and wanting to talk to someone about divorce counselling right then. My husband explained to her that, as it was Saturday night, there was no one at our church that could meet with her right then. However, she was so upset that he said she was welcome to come over to our home and we'd be happy to talk to her if she couldn't wait until Sunday or Monday.

I admit, when he came home and told me this story, I knew that she wasn't going to come to our house - she had no clue who we were. But not 30 minutes later, she was in our driveway!

We invited her into our chaotic abode and for about an hour, we just listened. It's bad, folks. Really, really, not good. I didn't know what to say - I'm not divorced, my parents aren't divorced, even my grandparents stayed married until they all passed away. My husband is a child of multiple divorces so he did most of the talking and once she was talked out, he was able to share his testimony with her and tell her a little about the One who will walk through this situation with her.

The point of this story is to share one small thing that my husband said that I have been thinking about daily ever since he said it. Our new friend was sharing how she didn't understand why "he" would leave her - they had been together for so long, they had a beautiful wedding - why wasn't he commited to staying together. Travis' response?

The ONLY reason that Stephanie and I haven't gotten a divorce is because we love Jesus. Period.
Bottom line, I love Jesus. Yes, I love my husband, too, but somedays it's harder to love him (and it's harder for him to love me). :) We are both sinners, but we love Jesus and we are committed to glorifying Him, learning about Him, and walking with Him - that's the only reason we don't yell "divorce" or "I hate you" or "I'm tired of trying" when we disagree.

Something that's just been on my heart and mind a LOT lately - how well am I loving Jesus in areas like my marriage, raising my girls, diligence in managing our home, etc.

11 comments:

  1. Wow...he really spoke some powerful words. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  2. Lexie3:20 PM

    that is very chilling.

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  4. I have to say Amen!

    2 of my 3 college roommates my senior year also got married after graduation. One a couple of days before me and the other about 6 weeks after me. One girl married my husband's roommate. Both couples were christians. Both couples dated for a year and were engaged for another year. Then there was my hubby and me. We dated, got engaged and got married in 9 months. By our 2nd anniversary the other 2 marriages had ended in divorce.

    Everytime I think of those two couples I'm intensely grateful that Jesus has preserved my marriage. Like you said, it hasn't always been easy. But Jesus holds us together.

    Thank you, Jesus!

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  5. Great post! Well said! Jesus is the glue that holds everything together. He is the calm in our storm. May we NEVER forget this!

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  6. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love this post. I've been thinking about it all day. We love Jesus. Period.

    You said it beautifully!

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  8. What a beautiful response. No matter what happens with that woman's marriage, I bet you are looking at your man with a whole new appreciation.

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  9. Hi! Came here from Robin's blog.

    Boy, your husband's comment kinda stops you in your tracks, doesn't it? Good for you guys for dropping everything to point a complete stranger to the light.

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