He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31
Sunday, January 1, 2017
This is very personal, but I have to save this note from my brother so I can include it in my printed journal. God has blessed me with a thoughtful brother who encourages me and you can also see how highly he esteems his wife. I am not including all the comments he found for me in his research, but have saved them to another location. He even chose to end his note with one of my very favorite verses!
I had to follow-up on this, I know that Suz sent you a quick text yesterday while we were driving back to Tulsa, she expressed what I said regarding what I hoped you would focus on; the many ways that God has equipped and empowered you for this special time in your life with Jay.
Most evident is your energy and patience to do ALL the things necessary to love and care for Jay, as well as your demanding relatives! It is a beautiful thing to witness first hand your love and care for your husband!
Somehow we got on the topic of “Ebenezer,” the word, I think it came from discussing our love for that incredible Dickens’ Christmas classic. While we were talking I was struggling to recall why that word was so fresh on my mind. I went back to the Focus on the Family (FOTF) website, found a daily message that I’d listened to back in November. The link is below. I’d ask you to click the link and listen to the message, the Doctor that is speaking shares some beautiful thoughts and observations around the word “ezer,” that you will enjoy. I just now listened to the webcast again while I was eating my lunch here at my desk, his message is really the best way for me to describe what I witnessed this weekend watching you and Jay.
I think one reason I’m so able to see these traits in you, Connie, is that I get to experience them first hand every day in my own marriage with Suz. She’s my “ezer,” God fitted her perfectly for me. You two have much in common, your devotion to the Lord, and to your husbands. Simply saying that Jay and I are the two luckiest guys in the whole world is an understatement, but it’s what comes to my mind at the moment.
I also found these comments on the web which is another wonderful attempt to define and describe the word, and it’s a nice complement to the FOTF message. Take a few minutes and listen to the FOTF webcast, it’s very good. There are actually two parts, but I haven’t had a chance yet to listen to part two.
I love you Connie, I’m so thankful that God placed me in your family! Phil.
Psalm 16:6 -“The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.”