We were lucky enough to get seats in the third row. Right there up front, with thousands of people behind us. Compared to some of the couples there we were still newlyweds. We sat there on the third row, hand-in-hand, completely in love, and ready to soak up every detail of A Weekend to Remember.
That was four years ago today, Valentine’s Day, 2009. Looking back on A Weekend to Remember, there are a lot of details I don’t remember.
I remember that the hotel was exquisitely beautiful. I remember that we enjoyed a fancy dinner out (compliments of my aunt who has a knack for spoiling her nieces and nephews). I remember that our best friends were there and they had car problems so we provided last minute taxi services for them.
But from all of the sessions, all of the hours upon hours of discussions and advice from marriage experts, I remember just one thing.
This little nugget of wisdom has stuck with us for four years:
View your partner as a hand-picked gift from God.
Remember the verse in Matthew, when Jesus says that our Heavenly Father gives good gifts?
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:11)
God doesn’t just hand out crummy gifts to His children. Jesus told us that our Father gives good and perfect gifts.
I’ve taken that to heart. When things aren’t the way I wish they were, I remember that my husband is a gift from my Heavenly Father. When life in general, and marriage in particular, fails to meet my somewhat tainted expectations, I remember that The Professor is gift from my heavenly Father. And my Father gives good gifts.
The Professor – he’s a gift. And a treasure.
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Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.
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Blogging Goals with Dannette Dillon
ARD: When did you first set goals for your blog? How do you hold yourself accountable to accomplish those goals?
DD: I set goals for this year at the beginning of the year. I wrote them down in my blog journal and then I check at the end of each month to make sure I’m meeting those goals. It takes work to reach goals especially when it comes to pageviews. Ultimately, for me anyway, the goal is to work hard and to impact lives. If that’s happening I’m successful.