Mathew celebrated his birthday recently! Phoebe made him this very special sign with a sweet message on the flip side. So proud of this man and the tough decisions he has bravely made lately. We have both cleaved to the Lord and prayerfully waited on Him for wisdom and clarity.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
I was talking to a sweet, young couple last Sunday after church. I was congratulating them on the news of their engagement and July wedding day.
"Christian marriage is a wonderful thing" I exhorted. I was reminded of why I said that and why I believe that. My marriage has been one. We forgive and restore. We confess and repent. So you see there's plenty to forgive and there's plenty to confess. But with God as the head of our marriage we also restore and repent. We change more and more into His image, His good purpose for us.
The marriage series I was writing on Thursdays (click here) will be back. I haven't finished the book!
This series taught me of the vertical relationship my marriage must have between Mathew, me and our God instead of the horizontal relationship so many marriages have when we look around us at others and each other for truth and fulfillment. The difference between Christian marriage and wordly marriage. Truth and deception.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
MathewandDiane, April 1991. I am enjoying spotlighting this blessed anniversary here over the next couple of weeks.
I frequently express us as "mathewanddiane" because the two became one under God. My blogspot address uses it and you'll see it here from time to time.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
We packed our bags for a getaway night in town this past week. We had a special Groupon deal at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Brisbane.
This is the breakfast eatery. All you can eat. It's a highlight. The ultimate start to our new day together.
The valet takes the car and we don't have to worry about it.
Time for long talks, hot chocolates and chocolate. Feet up, fun and easy conversation even though some of the current topics on the agenda were pretty heavy. We have an agenda that seems to build itself when we know a getaway is in the making .. life throws up issues not all of them bad but needing to be discussed and decided upon, fleshed out, aired between us.
The rules are easy conversation, forgiveness, honesty, heart on the shoulder type words with a view to answers, closure, decisions and the commitment to stick to it and remain a united front.
Dinner is always a highlight. We went for Mexican this time. We sat down at Eagle Street Pier. After we had a slow walk back to our room via the river edge and the northern tip of the Botanical Gardens.
We travelled home the next day via a new cafe Oliver Brown's at North Lakes. Nice. The best dark chocolate mocha I've had. McCafe is kicked off the top rung yet at second place it's still pretty good.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
This is something we say almost daily. Really. It says it all. Are we perfect. No. Is everything great in our marriage each and every day. No. Are we where we would like to be in our family and marriage today. No. But that's just it. I love him more today than I did yesterday. How come? For me, Christ in me gives me love, hope and trust - Grace - that tomorrow is another day and that tomorrow I will love him more.
And for that, I'm grateful to my Heavenly, Righteous Father God.
Each year we try to have a getaway just the two of us. We like to celebrate our wedding anniveraries and my birthdays this way. We have come to find our favourite apartment to rent in our favourite part of town. Each trip though we try different restaurants and activities to do. This year we ate Malaysian and visited South Bank and walked and walked and walked ...
It's the little things ....
I'm never happier than being with my Honey for a day or two.