Monday, August 19, 2013

Marriage Monday: Going the Extra Mile {Link up}

Welcome back to Marriage Monday! I apologize for not getting a post up last week, but I was totally immersed in the situation here at my parent's house, and couldn't put two coherent thoughts together for a blog post. 

We were told that my Mom had two weeks to live four weeks ago.  I have been here with her the last three weeks, trying to comfort her and ease her suffering and supporting my Dad in any way I can, including keeping food on the table (with the help of my sister).  It has been intense at times, and my blog has naturally been pushed to the back burner.  Even though I'm not always able to blog, I do try to post updates from time to time on Facebook, so I encourage you to check in there.

On the Mondays that I'm not able to get a post up here, you can always check out my archives!  If you scroll down, you will find my Marriage Monday blog button on the sidebar.  If you click on that, it will take you to a listing of all of my Marriage Monday blog posts.  Hopefully, there will be something there that will encourage or challenge you in your marriage!

Today is my precious Mom's 71st birthday!  I have blogged about my parents and their marriage before, but I must tell you that watching my Dad with her is seeing Love in action!  He is so tender with her and takes excellent care of her every need!  When I was growing up, I saw my Dad as gruff, impatient and not very compassionate.  I never dreamed he could care for my Mom the way he has!  It is truly amazing to see what God has done in his heart!

Don't ever give up on your man! My Mom prayed for my Dad for years and years before he finally came to know the Lord, and it has taken even more time for the Lord's sanctifying work to really make a difference in his life!  Only God can change a man from the inside out!

I'm so very thankful for the way my Dad has laid down his life for my Mom in these last years!  What an example of unconditional love!  

True love perseveres in good times and bad!  It also goes the extra mile, by doing more than is expected or required.

Speaking of the extra mile, my hubby went the extra mile for me this weekend!  Since I haven't been home in three weeks (and was gone for two week stretches prior to that), he drove five hours to visit me this weekend, bringing Hannah and Bethany with him. It was such a blessing to see them!  :)

Yesterday, he took me out shopping for a birthday present for my Dad (his birthday is later this week!).  Then, he took us to downtown Greenville for some Gelato!  I'm in love with Luna Rosa's Carmel by the Sea!  Oh my, it's so delicious! :)

Then we browsed around in Mast General Store, and he treated me to this beautiful scarf!  Wasn't that nice of him??

It was so refreshing to get out and about and spend time with my hubby and two of my daughters (plus my sister and one of her daughters)! Now, I'm refreshed and ready for another week of ministering to my Mom and Dad!  

Can't help but praying that Mom celebrates her birthday today with a "chariot ride" and a wonderful "Welcome Home, my Good and Faithful Servant!"  She is more than ready!

Your Turn to Share:

How does your husband demonstrate his love for you?  Has he ever gone "the extra mile" for you?  What about you?  How have you gone "the extra mile" for your husband?? Please share by leaving a comment here or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged and built up as wives!

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Blogs I link up with from week to week:

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I Choose Joy!


Messy Marriage

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Natalie said...

Praying for you and yours! I know it is such a blessing to your parents that you are there. May the Lord continue to bring you encouragement and grant you strength on this difficult road.

I had an interesting weekend that ended with a surprise bit of encouragement from my hubby. Being a stay-at-home mom, I almost never have outside commitments on the weekends. However, I committed to taking the Red Cross WSI certification training that involved me being gone all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon. When I arrived home Saturday evening, all the laundry was caught up AND put away! What a blessing. Then when I got home Sunday afternoon, I had a sweet note of encouragement and a new scented candle to help me unwind. It was just a small gift, but the note was so encouraging since I feel like an old lady taking the class with younger gals and am feeling slightly insecure about taking the final exam.

I think in marriage we sometimes forget that the little things we do for each other add up and pay big dividends in the long term health of our marriage.

Kathie Morrissey said...

Elizabeth, I just wanted to let you know that I'm praying for you during this difficult time! I remember doing what you're doing, when my dad had cancer, and hospice was called in. I spent weeks at their place helping Mom, and just spending time with him. It's not easy, but what a blessing to be able to be there for them. Praying your mom will soon be free from pain, and safe in the arms of Jesus. Also, that God will give you the grace you need during this time!

sandrag said...

As a reader that receives much encouragement from your blog, i just want to say i am thinking of you and hope that i can face my fathers illness and deal with it using your words of wisdom! Thank you!

Lynn said...

Happy Birthday to your mom. I am so sorry that you are going through this. Praying for your family.


Tiffany said...

Happy Birthday to your mama. May you feel God's peace and love in her last days. Hugs from Ohio.

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing what's been going on in your life, Elizabeth. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I'm certain it's a hard task to keep the blog going and updated when you have precious days you want to devote to your mom and dad. I'm so glad to hear how God has answered your mom's prayers. That's always encouraging to hear. And also glad you got to spend some fun time with your hubby and girls--a break I'm sure you needed! I'll be praying for you and your mom and dad as they face this painful time. I'll be praying that God's love and comfort would pour down on all of you!

Chris said...

Thank you for this beautiful post, Elizabeth.
Praying for you.

Ren Blogger said...

((hugs)) I was in this spot a couple of years ago when my grandmother was given just a few weeks to live. It was a life changing time and a privilege (albeit hard time) to be there with her in last few weeks and as she left this earth. I'm praying now for you all.

nannette elkins said...

So blessed that you are able to be with your parents in your mother's final days. God is so good. Your husband is a dear to drive so far to spend some time with you and to treat you to some "treats" makes him a sweetheart in my book! My husband of 34 years has always gone above and beyond to make me feel like a princess, even when I know I don't deserve it. I want to be thankful in the little things. Blessings to you this week in this difficult time. ♥

A Proverbs 31 Wife said...

Praying for you and your family dear. I'm sure your mom could ask for no greater present that to go home on her birthday.

My husband's uncle went to be with the Lord on his birthday, and that morning, when A. Faith told him happy birthday and asked what he wanted, he just said he wanted to go home, and the Lord granted that wish.


bluecottonmemory said...

I will keep you and yours in my prayers as you help your mom cross over to the other side. I always felt it was a sacred and holy time - nearing that chariot ride! So glad there is blessing, support and comfort within your family!

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