It’s hard to believe, but it’s been six years as of 10-10-16 that Messy Marriage has been chugging away out there in cyberspace. And I surely would’ve thought I’d be in a much more celebratory mood on this special occasion. But the past two and a half weeks have colored my emotions in a dark and dingy gray—sometimes even black—due to a bad case of shingles. <sigh>
Though I’ve had my share of physical pain in life—having had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 20 years and surviving breast cancer in 2013—but I’ve not really known unrelenting suffering like this before. It truly gives me a glimpse into my fellow blogger, Andrew Budek Schmeisser’s, daily struggle—though I wouldn’t even want to put myself in his category of suffering.
Regardless, it seems rather appropriate that I should be celebrating the 6th blog-iversary of Messy Marriage with a vivid and loud mess within the nerves of my body. I’ve often found suffering to be my point of context—yielding copious amounts of inspiration for all that I share . . .
So why should this day be any different? 😉
Since I’m not in the greatest frame-of-mind, indulge me a bit with some of the “raw” ramblings that I’ve professed are always present here, as in . . . “real, raw and redemptive.”
Truthfully, this blog has been a double-edged sword of sorts—sometimes feeling more like a burden than the blessing that it truly is.
I’ve poured my heart into it week after week, even day after day. Sometimes my focus has been too much on my stats or on how well others who’ve not been blogging near as long as I have somehow rocket to the top of the class. Those have been the times I’ve felt like quitting.
And just like in a messy marriage, when my focus clings to what is wrong rather than how God has blessed me, I grow tired, weary and want to throw in the towel.
But . . . the true reality is that God has been so good to me. Amazingly, He doesn’t blame or shame me for these moments of self-pity and self-centeredness.
He simply calls me to a higher plane, where doing this ministry is for His joy and pleasure alone.
Maybe you’ve been tempted to view your marriage or life that way . . . like the glass is half-empty or doesn’t even contain a drop of good in it.
If so, then I hope you’ll take a moment to turn your gaze toward the Lord and His bottomless well of goodness and love. You simply need to lower your cup into the depths of that flood and your emptiness and thirst for more, in whatever thirsty realm you find yourself in, will be quenched.
Today I’m doing a give-away of a $50 Amazon card to one randomly chosen person who comments on this post as well as shares this post on Facebook between now and noon (CST) on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Normally, my giveaways are easy-peasy, but I’m upping the ante in my “agitated” state! 😉 I hope you don’t mind spreading the word in Facebook Land about our Blog-iversary in order to be qualified for this gift card! It’s a peach of a giveaway, after all!
Next week, I’ll be returning to my series on the lessons I’ve learned in marriage, so I hope you’ll keep joining me here as we sail into this next year of Messy Marriage hopefully a lot healthier!
What is one blessing “in disguise” that God’s given you in your marriage and/or life?
What’s one obvious blessing God’s given you in your marriage and/or life?
Also, since many of the respondents to my sexual hangups and hurdles questions have asked about remaining anonymous, I’ve created a survey that will allow that anonymity. So if you’re interested in taking this four question survey and letting me use your anonymous answers in my once-a-month series, you can access the survey here.
Joining with my friends at Giving Up on Perfect, Christian Blogger Community, Mondays @ Soul Survival, Testimony Tuesday, Coffee and Conversation, Coffee for Your Heart, Sitting Among Friends, Nanahood, Moments of Hope, Family, Friendship and Faith, Fresh Market Friday, DanceWithJesusFriday and LifeGivingLinkup.