A Servant's Heart

2.20.2009

The other day I was speaking to a family friend and she was asking how I was liking married life and I responded by simply stating that I love it. It of course has it's hard moments and not so easy times, but is that any different from any other relationship? She laughed and said "you definitely have to have a servant's heart". I agreed and we moved on. It wasn't until later that night I started thinking about that and how true it really is. In marriage EVERYTHING is a compromise and sometimes you're not going to get your way. And although everything about our human nature is screaming that it's unfair and it shouldn't be that way, it is. In these 8 months I have learned marriage is about being selfless as well as selfish; selfish of their love, commitment, encouragement, time. The man (or woman) that you said your vows with better be the one person in your life you put before yourself and if someone or something could possibly hinder their safety in any form or fashion you better be willing to fight. You fight for their heart, their well-being, their life. And at some point or another, it will have to happen and you better be ready. Armed with the word of God and the faith that no matter what, He will see you and your marriage through it. To mirror those sentiments:

When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 6:20-23

Although the word 'slave' has seriously negative connotations attached to it, how amazing to be serving God who was SO selfish/selfless of us that He sent His son to die for each and everyone of us to show just how gracious He is and how deep His love runs for us. And how undeserving are we? To have that knowledge and still fight God in so many aspects? We have to have a servant's heart to God above any other relationship. To submit to Him and Him alone even when we can't see the final outcome (which is most of the time). I apologize if my train of thought seems a little unclear, but I hope my point is understanding. Take a moment today and read Romans 6. It'll bless you.

A week in review!

2.14.2009

On February 11, 2009 at 9:00 pm eastern standard time, Carolina and Duke played for the 226th time and the Tar Heels won easily--101 to 87. Beautiful. That work describes it perfectly. Tyler Hasbrough, Danny Green, Bobby Frasor have never lost at Cameron Indoor Stadium. They join an elite few that can say the same. It wasn't always pretty and it defintely wasn't always easy but like Roy said: “I say a lot of places I'll take a one-point win and get out of town as quickly as I possibly can, but I never believe it and mean it as much as I do that place over there".It's hard to believe that there are only a few more weeks left in regular season of college basketball. The months between April and November are far too long. Another part of this week was that it was my last at Dilworth Pediatrics! I start my new job on Monday and I'm excited but of course kind of nervous (please say an extra little prayer on Monday). But starting new things is always a learning experience so I have to remember to have an open mind and good attitude! And finally, the last part of this week (that hasn't ended quite yet) is that today is Valentine's Day and yesterday before lunch, a woman walked in with a beautiful vase of a dozen long-stemed roses. She walked up to the window and said "I'm looking for a Maggie Ja..a.." (no one can say our name) I was floored! I squealed (of course) and said "THAT'S ME!". Have I mentioned that I have an amazing husband!
Andrew had the day off yesterday and so when I got home from work, the place was spotless! So a clean home and beautiful flowers--great Valentine's weekend so far! We went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner and came home and watched a movie. The perfect ending to the week! Tonight for actual Valentine's we're making crabcakes and rice for dinner and having chocolate fondue for dessert...I know you're jealous! I hope everyone has a great Valentines!

A Rivalry Unlike Any Other

Life the past couple of weeks...

2.07.2009

...has changed drastically! Starting Monday the 16th, I will be at a new job. It's still a front desk position at a doctors office, but it is waaaaay closer and I'll be making more money. And at this time of decreasing jobs and poor economy, etc. I will take whatever I can get especially if I'll be making more money. I was really scared to do my 2 weeks notice, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. So now I just have one more week until I will be driving 10 minutes to work as opposed to 30 minutes or more, I'll get to sleep later, and I'll be home earlier in the evenings-- Hooray for all of those things. On another note, as of today Carolina has won 6 games in a row (no sabbatical for me!). They play this afternoon against UVA so we'll see how that goes. Life has been relatively calm (aside from the new job) and Andrew and I are just continue to learn what it means to be married and the challenges and blessings that go along with it. We have been attending the Young and Married Sunday School at Central and it has been amazing. The couples we have met there are great and I really hope that these are people that we will be able to build relationships and friendships with down the road.

So for now, that is really all I have to post about! I'm really excited for the spring temps that have started appearing for the first time! I love all that springs brings (minus the allergies). Hope everyone has a great weekend and week to come!
 
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