Sep 26, 2012

Wednesday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: 1 Corinthians 16

Happy Worship Wednesday, SHINE girls! Turn up the music, roll down the windows in your car, and praise Your Man Jesus today!

Doesn't He deserve our adoration and full-on abandon in worship? YES!

Today is my favorite day of the year! Lem and I celebrate 14 years of marriage today!

It's my favorite day because it's ours. This day belongs to us. Well, and anyone else celebrating something special today. We will kindly share this day with you as well. ;)

 But, in our little world it's just our little 24 hour day.

Oh, and I do celebrate this day ALL day. Just ask Lem. :)

On Saturday I told you I wanted to give something to one of you SHINE girls out of the overflow of Love pouring out of this little beating heart of mine. Remember?

If you didn't see it, go here and post your comment to enter to win. :)

Tonight, when I have dinner with my man, I will have him draw a winner out of all the names. It's kind of like you will be eating dinner with us! We will be celebrating YOU! Yay!

I will announce the winner in Thursday's post. :)

As I think about marriage, and life, and love and all of that today, I think about His great Love for us.

Can you even fathom? Me either.

I mean, I just think I know what love is. Really, I have no idea.

"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
Ephesians 3:17-19

Girls, oh how He loves you.

Grasp this. Get this. Wrap your pretty little heart around this.

Read that verse again.

I don't know where you are right now in life. Maybe hurting, maybe suffering, maybe longing , maybe lonely, maybe hopeless.

May I tell you that Your Heavenly Father has got you in the Palm of His Hand? You are safe in that Hand of His, friend.

Lem and I do not have a perfect marriage. Far from it. However, I am learning daily, that I should never expect him to be my "everything." Ever.

Lem is not capable of being my "everything", nor am I capable of being his. We are flawed. We are messed up. We are flesh. The older I get, the easier that is to swallow.

I truly believe that our relationships here on Earth are not perfect for a reason.

If they were perfect, we would have no need for our Savior. We would not need Him. Right?

When others fail us (oh, and do they fail us), we hurt. But, guess who is waiting in the wings of that big shadow of your heart heart for your attention?


He knows others fail us. That's why He never will. He can't. It's impossible.

Take a minute and roll around in that, sweet girl.

Others will fail us, they will.

He will never fail you.

He loves you more than you will ever understand.

Romans 8:37-39 "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 5:8 "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

thankful that all else may fail--but His love never will,



  1. Anonymous9/26/2012

    Happy Anniversary!!!!!! Have a great day!

  2. Anonymous9/26/2012

    What a beautiful day to celebrate with your husband! Congratulations!

  3. Anonymous9/26/2012

    Happy Anniversary!!! Awesome post! MA

  4. Anonymous9/26/2012

    Happy Anniversary Jill and Lem. May you have many more blessing filled years.
    Speaking of Love, I wanted to share part of the word today, that really just breaks my heart for the nonbelievers. I have them in my family (as close as a daughter) and to read this verse this morning and think it may hold true 1 Corinthians 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is curse. Our Lord, come!. I will continue to pray for the nonbelievers of this word. The love I see through Christ (Shinegirls blog/website) is amazing and beautiful. The nonbelievers of this world have never had the opportunity to feel his love. It’s really hard for me to wrap my head around this because I turn to the Lord for everything, and I feel his Love every single day. Please join me in prayer today for all the nonbelievers we come across today. I pray every one of us will have the opportunity to share his love with one nonbeliever today. I love you all. I love reading the word, and once I am finished with my time with God; I am eager to hear what each of you has to share each day. Let your light shine.

  5. Happy Anniversary may the Lord give you more and more years of blessings...

  6. Jill and Lem,

    Happy Anniversary to you guys! Thank you for being a real example of a marriage commitment that we can all look to for encouragement.

    Love you so!!!

  7. Anonymous9/26/2012

    Happy Anniversary dear Jill and Lem. O, Jill, when you said others let us down, others fail us, but Jesus never will. He CAN"T fail us. Impossible! He never will. When you said, "Take a minute and roll around in that, sweet girl", I did and it was SWEET and wonderful. Yes, He will never let us down and He is with us always. Just call out to Him quietly to your self or in a loud voice if you can. Jesus is there for us and He is here for us. Glorious! Blessings, Gloria Hudgins

  8. Anonymous9/26/2012

    Happy Anniversary to you both. You look so young. I remember the first time I saw the two of you as a couple at a going away party at my house for Tracey and Darren just before they left for Germany. I thought at the time how pretty you were and that were both very lucky and blessed to have found each other. Marriage is definitely a give and take, but when you both have God as the focal point, nothing in this earthly world can break you apart. Many more years of happiness to you!

  9. Happy anniversary, Jill & Lem!

    I just love love love a warm sunny fall day with a cool breeze at a college football game with good friends, followed by a outdoor fire and smores!

    Pepper Helms

  10. Basking...Jill! Happy Anniversary!!!! <3

  11. That's so cool. I just wrote about this being the 26th anniversary of our first date. Glad you are so happy and that God is watching over all of us. Have a special evening. << wink >>


Thoughts? We would love to hear!

When you need HELP....

SHINE Reading Plan:  Go here.  Subscribe to SHINE emails:  Go here. As my husband and I raise teenagers, our constant prayer plea is thi...