"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

8/15/12

My Gift from Him - God is So Good



Welcome to my Wednesday feature God is So Good. Here I will share stories - true and fiction, mine and others' - of the Lord's presence in the midst of trials, struggles, and difficulties.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33b
Today is a very special day for one of God's most precious gifts to me. Though he will joke that he is one of the CAUSES of trials in my life, he is the Lord's comfort, presence, love, mercy, and strength as well. It is partly because of him that I am the woman I am today. It has not been an easy time, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Thank You, Lord, for blessing me with this man.
NOT a recent picture :)

Our backgrounds are eerily similar. We were born within twelve days of each other (me first - so yeah, I robbed the cradle). We were both raised Jewish. Both of our mothers died when we were kids (I was 7 - he was a few weeks shy of 14). Both our fathers remarried women with two sons - one a few months younger and one a few years older than we were.

And we lived 2,000+ miles away from each other. But that didn't stop God. He put us together in the same place (and THAT's a story for another day) on January 1, 1993, and we were married a year and a half later.
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It hasn't been an easy time all the time. There have been trials, struggles, difficulties - some tougher than others. Many of you know at least some of it. Do I wish we hadn't had to go through some of it? Of course. But I can honestly say if my husband hadn't been born 45 years ago today, I would not be the person I am today (at least not the good parts LOL).

We're a pretty good team, I think - me, my hubby, and our Lord. Not sure how I could have made it through the last several decades without either of them.

Happy Birthday, Marc Stephen Sher. Thank You, Lord, for giving me my husband. You are SOO good!
 Do you have a story you'd like to share about God's goodness in your struggles? Drop me an email and we can talk!   
 
Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength

7 comments:

  1. Cute picture of the two of you Joanne. Hope your husband enjoy a Happy Birthday.

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  2. Thanks, Wanda :) I had a LOT of hair back then, didn't I? I think that pic is about 17 years old.

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  3. AWW-what a nice story! I'm happy for you. :)

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  4. This is lovely, Joanne. I feel the same about my husband. I'm so glad for the love you share and for the path that led you together and to Jesus!

    peace`elaine

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  5. Nice story. It is really a nice feeling knowing that there is a man who loves you and you love too. I am happy for you. :)

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  6. Thanks so much, Elaine an Hagi. He is such a blessing to me!

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