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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thankful for... The Rents*

(*The Rents is teenage for Your Parents)

My parents celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary yesterday. It is becoming more and more uncommon to hear of marriages lasting so long. For instance, I was very shocked to find out 12 years ago, when my child was in kindergarten, that there were only 3 students in his class with both of their parents still together.

I know that the past 41 years haven’t been the easiest for my parents because no marriage has smooth sailing all the time. But because of their commitment to each other they have been able to instill in me the great value of working hard, always doing what is right, honoring your word and how to live a selfless life.

You really do not appreciate some things until you grow up and have a family and responsibilities of your own. My children depend on me and Mark for everything. They may know this intellectually (because we remind them of that often as any good parent does, right?), but one day they will understand it experientially.

When a friend’s wife had their first child, he told me as soon as the baby was born he called his mom and apologized for every wrong thing he ever did. You do not understand the love of a parent until you become a parent. He knew his mom loved him with a love that could never be articulated, only experienced.


So today, I am VERY thankful for my parents. By the way, I am their favorite child! Ok… I’m their only child.

Mom, Dad, thank you for all your sacrifices, love and commitment to me and each other!
Happy Anniversary!


Reflection:

If you were blessed to have your parents love you and make sacrifices for you, whether their marriage lasted or not, give thanks today to the One who IS love.


Do you have children yet to marry? Start praying for their spouses and the parents who are raising them, even though you may not know who they will marry, God does. I am very fortunate to have a mother and father-in-law who raised my husband to love God, honor His’s word and love and honor me and our kids with every ounce of his being!

Stay Warm!
Tina

1 comment:

RosyRose said...

Hi Tina, I'm Rose. I came across your blog and I like it!:)
I am right with you with the being blessed thing! It is really easy to take these things for granted.
Oh that our children will walk in the same legacy!