Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I Samuel 16:7 (NLT)

“After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, ‘Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.’”
John 13: 12-15 (NLT)

My bride, Lynda, and I celebrated our fifty-sixth wedding anniversary two days ago.

And every day it’s been the same.

Every day, in so many moments, and so many ways she has done and said things to lift me, encourage me and love me.

And she still does.

Every day. Amazing.

I’ve said it many times before—that when God gave me the gift of her life years ago—He saved my life.

A precious and beautiful young lady, both inside and outside.

God knew it, and He knew she was the one. The only one.

Because, most importantly of all, God knew her heart.

A heart after Him.

She became a dear and trusted friend at a time when I needed one, with His care, concern and protection shining through her for me.

Every day. Always there.

Then she said “Yes,” to my nervous proposal, and we began our married journey together.

And every day thereafter, her heart has always been the same.

Her example to me and to others was always clear.

And her love never wavered. Never.

It always shined through to me and others.

Every day.

Her purpose in life has been clear—to serve God, by loving me, loving her family and all those whom God brought into her life.

It was never about her, or about stuff or recognition.

And the ripples of her love and support through the years are vast and can be found in the fingerprints of her love and positive impact on lives everywhere.

Every day she serves her Lord simply following Him and her heart to love others, to make a difference each day in the lives which God brought before her.

And when she has been disappointed or let down by others, or fallen short of what she hoped for, she gets up, presses on, and follows Him again.

Every day she shows in so many ways that she cares.

And every day her heart stays focused on His highest and best for her life and the lives of others around her.

Every day His love shines through her for others.

Every day.

My gift from God.

In His Name—Scott

Take a moment and watch and listen to this song by the Celebrant Singers, “Shine Through Me.”