Worth More Than Diamonds

For almost three years straight I hadn’t been able to find my wedding ring — which didn’t really surprise me because I was always misplacing it for a few days at a time prior to that.

I’d place it on the bathroom counter or leave it on my mom or mother-in-law’s kitchen sink and it’d sit there for days until someone would pipe up and let me know they found my ring…again…meanwhile I’d be frantically searching everywhere it was not, hoping to find it!

At one point I even went extreme and had my husband’s first initial tattooed to my finger during one of the many times my ring was missing. Now I have the letter N permanently tattooed to my ring finger, which is fine…BUT I live in Nebraska (Husker nation) and I’ve actually had several people ask me if the N was for that reason….umm no….I’ll keep from further commenting so no sassy comments come out.

Last week I’d really been thinking heavily about my real, original wedding ring. I even ‘re’searched spots I’d already checked a thousand other times.

Nathan and I will be celebrating 15 years of marriage in September and plan to have professional photos taken to celebrate, and really I just wanted nothing more than to have my wedding ring show up like an honored guest for the special occasion. After it being MIA for the past three years I had kind of wrote off the idea of it ever reappearing even though I’d search here and there just in case and especially lately as our anniversary quickly approaches.

The other day I was in a hurry getting ready to leave the house and one of my bracelets had fallen behind my dresser. My first instinct was just to leave and grab it when I had more time, but then I felt a stronger urgency to not wait and retrieve it right away instead. I inched the dresser from the wall a bit and spotted a small dusty golden color on the floor and immediately wondered if there was a chance it could be my ring. Using my husband’s barbecue thermometer (lol) I pulled at the piece and much to my shock it was in fact my wedding ring! …Honestly I’m still not even sure I ended up grabbing the little brown beaded bracelet that had originally fallen behind the dresser and spurred me to this moment to begin with.

I don’t love much, as far as materialistic items go, but I’m thrilled about finding my ring; it holds sentimental value to me!

BUT!!…as sweet, dainty, or pretty as it may appear to the eye—it’s actually broken.

On the underside of it, the gold is cracked—completely through…and a few of the prongs that hold the circular-shaped diamond need straightened and evened out.

Even then, it doesn’t mean any less to me. It’s still a keepsake, still a treasure, still an important part of my marriage because of what it represents. But it needs attention that only a professional jeweler can provide; only someone skilled in the arts of jewelry can make this ring whole and complete again. This won’t be the first time it lands at the jewelers’—nor the last—it’s gone in before for necessary maintenance.

It’s similar to Christians in keeping our faith strong and well maintained. We must continually present ourselves to God, the Healer, to be fixed. We experience trials and errors; and sometimes it feels like our life is under fire. But right in that place, right in that hot spot, refining happens and flaws dissipate when we hand ourselves over to God and trust that he can mend us.

Every time we give ourselves to God through prayer, worship, and time in His word we’re stepping further away from brokenness and drawing closer to healing and wholeness; and we shine (much like a freshly polished diamond) in a way that brings glory to God.

…Interestingly enough, as beautiful and valuable as a diamond may be, there’s actually no scripture where God ‘dotes on’ or ‘raves over’ it’s unique features or characteristics, though it’s a mineral created mindfully by Him.

However, referring to the importance WE have to God, this is what He proclaims over His people in Jeremiah 31:3b, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”

You. And Me. He loves us with an everlasting love. He has drawn us to Himself with unfailing kindness.

This means God desires to have a relationship with us. To fix us. To simply love on us if we’re willing, no matter our situation…

In our brokenness, when we remain in Him, His light spills out and His brilliance is revealed to the world.

With our flaws, He’s able to connect us so we can communicate and encourage one another on.

And when we feel dull and useless—the beautiful truth is that as we wholeheartedly follow Him we radically change…we shine and sparkle, and reflect God’s light to others—without a trace of what the world claims as treasure—no glitter, swagger, or bling needed! …Just us, allowing ourselves to be used and fixed in a way that points others to Him!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you Vivian from God’s Whispers of Truth for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I always enjoy reading your blog for sweet inspiration and encouragement!

Be sure to check out Vivian’s blog if you haven’t already. Click on the link above and then read her “my story” page under the menu option and you’ll be hooked—you’ll see for yourself what a brave warrior she truly is.

About the Sunshine award:

This award is given to creative, positive and cheerful bloggers by other bloggers as a token of appreciation and admiration.

Here are the rules:

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to him/her.

• Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.

• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

• Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

I’ll answer the questions Vivian had for me first:

1) What is the bible verse/passage which you turn to the most for comfort?

I’m obsessed with Philippians 4:13, ‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength‘….probably because it was the first verse that spoke to my broken, lost heart at the time, it grabbed me and directed my attention to God, and still has a grip on me. It was also the first verse I memorized on my own without someone else’s input or influence. Continue reading “Sunshine Blogger Award”

Furry Pinball and Faith

My girls spent the past week at church camp with my mom…in return I watched my (special needs) brother for her…and her crazy, wiry, ball-of-fire dog.

**don’t let his cute looks deceive you**

My brother was the easy part, but the dog (Beardsley) exhausted his stay after the first five minutes when he marched into my home like he owned the place and wanted to mark his territory. That was Friday evening.

Saturday he barked most of the day.

Sunday, before church, my husband and son went on a high speed chase after him on foot for 45 minutes; he’d slipped out the door and thinks this kind of thing is a game. In reality the only one enjoying their self is the dog.

Early Monday morning we put Beardsley out to potty and within minutes the neighbor pounded on our door like the police to dramatically inform us the dog was obnoxiously barking…thank you Captain Obvious. Continue reading “Furry Pinball and Faith”

I’m So Glad You’re The One Taking Care Of Me Today (PART 2)

Losing someone unexpectedly is one of the hardest parts of life.

There’s the ‘what if’ questions…

What if (he or she) was still here? What if I could’ve told them what I didn’t get to? Or what if I’d have been more present?

I wrote in PART ONE of this post that my dad, in his helpless, quadriplegic body, looked my mom in the eyes the day he died and said, “I’m so glad you’re the one taking care of me today.”

What if, like my dad, I looked at the glass as half-full, rather than half-empty?

What if I focused on the sweet memories I have of my dad? What if I held onto the time I spent with him, rather than dreaming of times that never got to happen?

Well, what if???Continue reading “I’m So Glad You’re The One Taking Care Of Me Today (PART 2)”

I’m So Glad You’re The One Taking Care Of Me Today (PART 1)

Warning: Sensitive material for some

It’s been eighteen years (today) since my dad died. It’s hard to even put those words together. He’s someone who hasn’t made it easy to ‘just get over.’

When you love someone so much and then lose them, it changes everything.

I know I’ve mentioned in previous posts the story of my dad, but for new blog followers and my own thought process (and anyone else) here we go…. Continue reading “I’m So Glad You’re The One Taking Care Of Me Today (PART 1)”

Summer Update

A little update on our Summer so far:

Nate and I had a great time in Germany visiting our old foreign exchange student. She spoiled us and showed us all over. We were in the north western area (mostly) because that’s where they live, but we did visit Holland aka the Netherlands, Berlin, Norderney Island which is located at the North Sea, and Hamburg. Continue reading “Summer Update”

Proverbs 16:31 Hair…Glory Found in the Grays

Last year (August 2018) I put out a post titled Get Real. I wrote about my colored-over gray hairs, and created a parallel in the way we sometimes cover gray areas of our life—making it appear like we have it all put together.

Okay, so while that post was meant to encourage authenticity in a person—to bring light to those gray areas…remaining open, honest, and real with others in an emotional sense—well for me, the words of that post (when I reread it) tangle me up on my increasingly graying hair, concealed under shades of dark hair dye…complete dishonesty with myself and anyone else who’s been fooled by my false-dark tresses.

Why in the heck would I encourage honesty and openness, when my hair color isn’t even real?! Continue reading “Proverbs 16:31 Hair…Glory Found in the Grays”