Tuesday, August 08, 2006

In other Words

“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.
That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.”
~ Emily Kimbrough ~

Today's quote is easy to blog about. In light of the struggles I have had this summer, I would not have been able to work through them half as well if I had not had my loving and supportive husband by my side. He's the one I prayed for whenever I read the following passage in Ecclesiastes 4; Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:

10 If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Bob is my friend, my warmth, my defender, my partner, my lover, and my hand to hold in times of trouble. Even though I staunchly try to do everything myself without help and everything in me says I am to go it alone, my circumstances tell me otherwise. We were meant for community. We were meant to help one another. I couldn't have gone it alone this summer. It is only due to Bob's faith in God and love for me that I was able to do what I needed to do to get better.

He's not the only one who helped me. But he is the one closest to me. He is the one most affected. He is there in the midst of the battle and he is there no matter what.

I wish I were perfect. I wish I didn't have flaws and defects. I wish my baggage and my flaws and defects didn't harm the people I love, especially Bob. Yet, there in the midst of it all, he stands by and with me. I couldn't have made it through this toughest of times without my husband. Though I wish I wouldn't have had to put him through it, I am thankful he was there to help me.


Laurel Wreath said...

What a blessing, and how God loves us so much to give us that tangile support.

Have a great day.

Denise said...


Your post is an incredible testament to your marriage. You encourage me. Thank you.

Amydeanne said...

my husband is my best friend as well! Thanks for the inspirational words!

Jana said...

Thank the Lord for the help and support of a loving husband! What a wonderful gift you have in him!

Yvonne said...

Absolutely fabulous.

Sissy B. said...

Amen! If it wasn't for my husband's unconditional love I would be a complicated mess...but he hung in there...and set me on the path of my "new normal". such an inspiration you are!

Anonymous said...

Like "the cord of 3 strands"..if not for God, my husband and I wouldn't even "be". We wouldn't have made it in this life.
We "all" have flaws and baggage...there was only "one" perfect human-being and that would be Jesus. It's because of Him and only Him, that we can be healed.

Darlene said...

I like that Bible passage, it goes so well with this quote today.

Jennifer said...

Great last paragraph. It sums up a good marriage relationship--that's the truth of it.

Loni said...

What a neat tribute to your husband! I hope he read it! :)