Today I honor the most noble woman I know: Robin. She has been my wife and friend for 38 years today.
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Every morning we get up and spend the first few hours of the day reading and praying separately, yet together. We study in the same room, so if we want to discuss something, we can. Otherwise, we get absorbed in what we are doing and allow each other to converse with the LORD uninterrupted. Many times, we open our prayer time with this verse:
18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.
And He does! Each morning, He shows us new things, things we didn’t know. It’s amazing that there is always something new to learn about God’s word. In fact, He promises to share new insights with us, “This is what the LORD says, He who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it– the LORD is His name: ‘Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'” It’s like opening a treasure chest each morning. The ironic thing is that I am memorizing specific passages out of Ephesians, so I read them every morning, and the LORD speaks new things to me about the SAME PASSAGES each morning!
24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.
The more we read, the more we delight in His word, His presence, and His participation in our lives. We come to rely on Him and His word for guidance about everything–or, at least, we are trying.
27 Cause me to understand the way of Your precepts, that I may meditate on Your wonderful deeds.
This verse is the prayer of our heart. Without His Spirit opening our minds and the eyes of our heart, there is NO WAY for us to even begin to understand what He is saying. He is our Point of Reference (I accidentally typed, “Reverence” which would have worked!).
32 I run in the path of Your commands, for You have broadened my understanding.
As we get older, we run less, but our spirits are being renewed daily (2 Corinthians 4:16). As He broadens our minds, we learn to maneuver quickly between passages and teachings. Old lessons are lessons learned well. New lessons keep us “young” in our minds. And He is always teaching us!
Robin, I love you and thank you for staying close to Jesus. I can’t wait to stand in His presence, can you?! Happy Anniversary.
Abba, it is the desire of our hearts to be with You and see You in Your glory, the glory You have had since before the creation of the world (John 17:24). Until then, may You continue to make Your presence known in our lives in each other, to each other. In Your name I pray, amen.