Forty Three, Green, and Merry Christmas
Today, my Preacher Man turns 43. I wish I could tell you we did something spectacular for him but he pitches a fit every year if we buy him anything because it’s close to Christmas and being the kind of guy he is, he figures money used on him could have been spent on the kids. Since he’s much happier with the latter we don’t rock the boat. Sam and I did sneak off to buy him a shirt but that was about the extent of the gift giving. The real gift of the day is that our family is provided for and protected by a man full of integrity, one who loves his wife and kids, who makes me laugh harder than anyone on this planet, and who takes seriously his calling to the Body of Christ. So when I think about it, it feels more like my birthday. I’m so grateful for you, Luke. So very grateful.
Right now I am in the midst of making cole slaw and green beans for a family gathering tonight. Oh, and I forgot to mention guacamole. Because apparently I’ve been charged with all of the green elements of the dinner. And what, you don’t eat guacamole with your cole slaw and green beans? No matter how much it doesn’t go, it seems we can never get away from having at least one thing Mexican at every gathering so guacamole and green beans it is.
I only have just a short minute to leave the green preparations and jump on here but I wanted to express from the bottom of my heart how very grateful I am for this community. Whether you be a preacher’s wife or not, the friendships and connections made here have been so unexpected and yet have become so very necessary to me. 2010 has been one of the most difficult years of our ministerial life. I’ve not written as much as I would have liked because people I love are going through things so hard. So terribly hard. Those things have consumed me too and yet I’m not at liberty to process that here or anywhere for that matter. I could have lightened up and written about the trivial but truth is that life isn’t always funny and when it’s not it seems a farce to try to play it off that way. So I’ve been quiet but you’ve still come around when I have found words. Thank you for that. Please don’t stop. As many of us do, I’m praying for some fresh zeal in 2011. Many personal things may remain unresolved but God has reminded me so many times the past couple of months that there is a marked end to all our sufferings. To the extent we join with Christ in our calamities we will also experience unexpected peace and maybe, just maybe, even some flat out joy.
Merry Christmas to you, my friends. I pray Immanuel infiltrates and permeates all you do in this season of celebration.
Toss a cherry or cranberry on top of your green foods and they’ll be dressed for the season! LOL
Happy Birthday to Luke. I remember the first of his birthdays that I “knew” you….!
I’m sorry this year has been so difficult. You are a blessing to so many, and I count it a privilege to call you my friend. Have an abundantly joyous, merry, and Christ-filled Christmas!
Happy Birthday to your husband. It’s tough for our men to have a birthday right here at Christmas. My husband’s is Christmas Day! Every year I tell myself that I’m going to do something on July 25th but by the time it rolls around, I’ve completely forgotten!
I completely understand about going through stuff and not sharing it on the blog. That’s exactly whereI’m at right now.
Love you dearly! Hope you all have a blessed Christmas.
I was just telling Anna yesterday how SUPER blessed I am to have you and Luke! I have never in my life felt so loved as you two make me feel! I’m crying as I write because both of you are so special to me and I am so thankful to the LORD that HE placed me in your path. If your sweet Syd comes up missing, she might be at my house;) I love her too. Give Luke a big hug from me and tell him he is still “just a baby”. Happy Birthday to Luke!
Have a marvelous Christmas, my sister.
Look forward to a wonderful new year.
One of the most difficult challenges of the ministry is the privacy it requires; the not being able to unload all of the challenges, personal pain, and struggle.
Thanks for sharing Lisa. Your family will be in our prayers.
Happy Birthday to your hubby! Mine was the 20th….Same thing goes here, I would rather have the $ for the kids!
This year has proven difficult for us too. I am praying along side you for a 2011 full of zeal!!!
I just love ya! You are always near to my heart. Praying over your precious family now.
Yes, God with us.
Happy birthday to your hubby! My husband’s birthday is Jan 4th so it is also close Christmas. He always feels bad when money is spent on him too. I love your outlook! It might be his birthday but you are blessed with a man of God as a husband, friend and provider. Awesome! Thanks for your post.
It is ok to not share everything. It is wise. I will pray for you and hope you have a wonderful Christmas season. God still remains faithful and we rejoice in his Love and mercies to us. take care
Happy Birthday Luke! And Merry Christmas to you and your family, Lisa!
There is a time to be silent and a time to speak. It takes more wisdom to be silent than to speak.
Lisa – I love you so much little sister and I’m thankful for the depth of your writing and love for the Word. 2010 has been especially poignant for us too – from the joy of two new grandchildren to the pain of recent ministry “stuff” as well. People will disappoint us every time – but thankfully we serve a God Who never changes – and I’m keeping close to Him! It was such a joy to spend some time with you a couple of weeks ago.
Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to Pastor Luke. I’m so glad he takes good care of you – you’re a treasure.
2011 – we’re praying you in!
Love you –
As a fellow pastor’s wife – I could have written the last part of your post myself. I feel you!
This blogging world is something else isn’t it? I find so much joy and satisfaction here – I do believe it is a grace gift from God.
Thank you for all your sweet words – I always drink them right up. I will pray that 2011 brings you and yours much sweetness and joy as we wait for that “marked end”!
I love how you said it feels more like your birthday…too cute!
Although I don’t come here often it’s nice to learn from walking in my shoes many steps ahead of me…thank you for your insights.