Pick your battles.

Next summer, my husband and I will celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary.  Where does the time go?

I think back over the years, and I remember so vividly some of the things he would do or say that would ignite my little temper or send me into the ‘cold shoulder’ mode. Some of those memories are actually funny now, but some are….umm, not. Ha-ha. I am so grateful that God has changed most  of that – thankful God  has changed me.

My husband travels  –  A LOT. He actually has an apartment in another state, and I was able to spend  2 weeks with him there this summer. It was that first night when  I brushed my teeth  that I began to realize something very important.

When I reached for ‘his’ toothpaste tube from the vanity, I noticed that it was rolled up from the bottom, which “I” never do at home.  When I was looking for something in the pantry, I noticed that his way of organizing was much different than mine.

It was during those two weeks  that I was reminded  how very different we are, yet my husband is willing to accept me as I am – at least for the most part.  Such an incredible feeling – almost undeserving. 

The same with our relationship with God. There is so much that we don’t know or realize about Him. There are so many times when we complain, react, and behave in such an unloving way,  yet He continues to love us – just the way we are.

The good thing is that one day  we’ll all be able to finally comprehend what He has done for us. We’ll have all the answers to our questions. We’ll discover that it was  worth staying committed to Him, although some days were difficult.

But until then, we need to trust. We need to forgive. We need to obey his commands. We need to serve. We need to appreciate the unknown. We need to stay committedthen we will have something to celebrate.  


Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

6 Comments on “Pick your battles.”

  1. You liked my page not long ago. I’m guessing it was not long ago. I really don’t know when it was, but I just now got around to checking out your blog. Love it! And allow me to add an Amen to what you said here in this post! Amen! 🙂 Great writing even if you did suck at English. I did too. heehee. OH well. God uses the weak and foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Amen?

  2. Well Teri, I wish I could say I’ve been married as long as you have but alas it wasn’t to be. But now being married to a wonderful woman, I see how this can be. Forgiveness is the most wonderful thing in a good relationship. Then acceptance follows a very close second. Thanks. By the way, what part of the country to you hail from?

  3. Forgiving someone almost feels impossible, but sure means the world to the one who needs it. I have always lived in the Midwestern area of the United States, but have been fortunate enough to travel all over.

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