Friday, October 8, 2010

Resort Day

"The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it." Proverbs 10:22

Today is Resort Day. Or so my husband has decreed. It could have something to do with an impending migraine that has been held at bay for the last couple of days. Or it could be because he's been so very busy and is about to leave for two back-to-back TDY's and is saying thanks for me holding down the fort. It could also be because he's so appreciative of the new role that is consuming every lasting remaining brain cell under my newly-dyed head of hair - homeschooling our boys. It could be all of those things and more, because I share my life with a man that observes others closely and sets out to humble himself and serve. Yep - it's those things.

But it's so much more than that when it comes to Ken. My husband of 20 years knows what it means to love sacrificially. He knows what it means to cherish and honor his wife. He knows when to insist I have balance and rest. He knows the difference between expectation and desire, and never keeps a tally of who does more. If you were to ask me, I'd say he always does more for me than I do for him. If you were to ask him, he's always out-done by me. We've grown quite a bit over the past two decades, but the understanding of sacrifice and putting each other first has been the foundation of our marriage. I'm grateful we don't keep score.

So, I've had breakfast in bed. I've been relegated to the master bedroom floor and the peace and quiet it affords. And I've had a few hours to read and reflect and listen to him interact in the background with the boys. He's "puttering around" - says it's his kind of "resort day." He's working on his tool room, changing a light fixture in the bathroom, and bringing me hot tea. I guess it doesn't rate as very trendy, hip, or posh as far as resort days go. But for me it's perfect.

Nothing on earth is better than being known and loved. Ken Benton knows me, and with this I am rich indeed.

Have I mentioned I'm grateful yet? I am grateful to have shared my life with a man that gives me the closest, tangible expression of the love of Christ toward me. And the effort and sacrifice it takes to love like Christ does. Our Creator - He's a giver, not a taker. And He just keeps on giving and giving and giving...He can't help it, it's His nature to give. And that means it's our nature as well.

I hope you are experiencing the joy of being known and loved in your relationships, Favored One. And that we together live into the nature God created in us - that of Givers.

Off for the last hour of my Resort Day. Hope you enjoy yours!

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