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A 5:45 surprise

                     She hoped for it, but she didn’t expect it.  We’ve been under winter weather advisory’s for what seems the last 3 weeks.  Becca was hoping for a snow day today but was not expecting it.  She made her lunch as always and went to bed early.  She awoke (along with me) to her alarm at 5:00am to get onto the treadmill for a 5 mile run.  And the next thing I knew she was falling back into bed at around 5:45, saying excitedly, “School’s Cancelled!”  I know that she is enjoying her day at home.  She deserves time off.  She deserves rest.  She deserves a day at home with her doggies.  So much of her weekend time is given in service to her family and her church.  She helps me on Sunday morning, gets us ready for the week Sunday afternoon, and then spends her entire Sunday evening at the church helping me minister to the youth of First Farragut.  I always feel like as soon as I say to her, “welcome to your Friday,” she is making her lunch on Sunday night for another long week at school.  So, today is exciting for both of us.  I’ve had a busy office day here at First Farragut making preparations for another full week of ministry.  Becca has a quiet house (minus 2 dogs wrestling with one another) to relax in.  I hope to find her in her pj’s or running clothes when I return home for a nice lunch together.  Becca works so hard to help support our little family.  She gives so much life and energy to other people.  I’m so glad she has today to give to herself. 

                     I was thinking about Paul and Timothy, their partnership and their relationship, as I thought about my wife getting a day off this morning.  I flipped open my Bible to Phillipians and read the first Chapter which focuses on Thanksgiving and Prayer.  It says, starting in verse 3, “I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!”  That verse makes me think of my wife.  Thanks Becca, for all you do for our family.  I am confident today that the Lord will continue to do amazing things in and through you.  I know that your day of rest at home will give you greater physical and emotional strength to have an impact on the world for the Kingdom of God. 

                     Have a fantastic Tuesday everybody.  May you reach out to those that you care about today, affirming their hard work and encouraging them in their partnership to reach others with the Gospel. 


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