Humbled and Amazed

Humbled and Amazed

My Assignment:  Find a God-sized dream story that inspires you and share it with us. It could be the story of someone in Scripture, your family, your community or the great, big world out there online. Then write a post about how that story inspires you.

It blows me away…how the love of the Lord transforms.

How the Spirit reaches right down in tenderness and mercy awakens mustard seed faith, planted deep within, long ago.

My brothers and I were raised in faith.

Born into, baptized, blessed.

Our parents exposed us to faith in our formative years.

Gave us a Catholic education through high school, and two of us through college.

And yet.

Faith must be embraced by each, individually.

Must be sought, examined, tried on…

Often times, that takes the form of veering off the path of faith. There can be hurtful experiences that push away. Crazy, experimental, just-wanna-have-fun years. Perhaps life happens and God seems to slip through the cracks.

Or we never truly experience God’s mad love for us personally.

I didn’t always understand that. In my legalistic years, I saw my brothers fall away.

And I fretted. Truly worried. And prayed.

Offered the role of godfather to one brother.

And I can’t help but admire his answer. Can’t help but respect his honesty, that he wanted to accept for the right reasons–but couldn’t because he didn’t want to “just be going through the motions.”

I admired, respected, and prayed.

Years later, Josh began dating his wife-to-be, Heather.

Life threw crushing blows that brought them to their knees–in front of the altar.

It was make or break…and they chose make.

They married. In church.

And I marveled as I listened to the sermon about a spousal love that lays its life down for the other.

I witnessed the joy and peace in their eyes, the palpable love in their embrace.

Not the mushy-gushy, oh-my-honey-sugar-poo kind of love.

More the kind that does this:

For real.

He loves her.

In a you-come-first-and-I-am-honored-to-take-care-of-you sort of way.

In a covenantal and I-don’t-care-if-anyone-looks-at-me-funny-for-it sort of way.

He wears an I Am Second bracelet.

He gives generously.

He lives honestly.

He’s surrendered his heart.

And I am humbled by it.

I’m so proud of him.

And it makes me want to be a better spouse.

It brings tears to my eyes, from my heart overflowing, wanting to burst with the knowledge of the goodness of God…and the way that He loves.

Comments

  1. Sounds like an incredible man of God.

  2. What a gift, to have this kind of Godly role model in your life. My husband continues to take my breath away in the way he models a servant heart toward me as his bride, even after 23 years of marriage. I don’t take it for granted.
    Shelly Miller recently posted..When Right Now is Just RightMy Profile

    • A gift indeed! How wonderful to have the profound blessing of a servant-hearted husband. I’m praising God for you! Thanks for stopping by, Shelly.

  3. So love hearing about men like this friend. Love that you were lifting Him up and that God showed you the fruit of those prayers for your brother. Beautiful. Love & hugs!
    Wendy recently posted..He Inspires MeMy Profile

    • Thank you, Wendy! It is so amazing to receive the gift of seeing prayers answered. More than that is the gift of seeing this love lived out.

  4. Wow, Mandy. What a MAN. So glad you didn’t give up on him, and so grateful that God didn’t either. I love that He’s always waiting for us.
    Susan Stilwell recently posted..A Monday Pause ~ FamilyMy Profile

  5. Agape kind of love, the way Jesus loves us and wants us to love others. Your brother’s love story is a blessing indeed, and a testiment of what God can and will do through us if we let him, thank you so much for sharing with us!

    • Thanks, Alecia. So well-said! You’re right. It’s so important to keep these amazing examples of God’s work and faithfulness in mind for when things are difficult and grim.

  6. What a beautiful story. True inspiration.
    Kristin Taylor recently posted..{God-sized Dreams} InspirationMy Profile

  7. This is beautiful…what an amazing testimony of how God loves and what He can do with a heart yielded to Him. Your words are such a blessing today, my friend…thank you for sharing! Blessings!
    Mel recently posted..My God-Sized Dream: With LoveMy Profile

    • To a heart yielded to Him…Amen! Thanks for saying that. It’s a good reminder for me because I get so impatient! I need to keep reexamining my heart and if it is fully surrendered. Thanks, Mel!

  8. Thank you for sharing your brother and his story with us. It is such an encouragement and inspiration as I pray for my brother and nephews. I pray that they do not see me and think I am just going through the motions. That my life points them only toward God, no where else.
    Amy P Boyd recently posted..Drop Your Waterpots {God-Sized Dream}My Profile

    • Such a good point, Amy. May our lives reflect Jesus. That speaks louder than just about anything. Thanks for visiting!

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