“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”-Psalm 37:3-4*
In keeping with the theme of “devotion” as my word of 2018, for the month of March, I am writing about the synonym “dedication”. The Merriam-Webster dictionary has several definitions and the one I chose is “self-sacrificing devotion and loyalty”**. When I read this I thought of my husband, Randy.
We have consistently referred to our union as a “God thing” and reflecting back over the years, I see why God picked Randy for me.
Here was a man, who had never been married, never had children, dating a widow with three small children and decided I am all in. It has not been an easy adventure, but it has produced abundant blessings.
Randy has not ever considered our children or grandchildren as stepchildren. He proudly talks about his sons and daughter in conversations and displays their pictures on his work desk. He has repeatedly supported the kids in their extracurricular activities; showing up for games, concerts, and awards banquets. He has counseled and disciplined the children, which was not an easy task, but he persevered and learned from his mistakes.
It would have been so easy for Randy to walk away during the turmoil involving my only daughter. Lying, stealing, drug use, and eventually running away is what we dealt with in the first years of being married. But he stood by my side, as we endured the living hell, and developed a game plan to fix our broken child. Praise God it worked!
Early on, our marriage endured crisis and drama with our daughter, Randy losing a job, moving to another state, and suffering the loss of Randy’s father, sister, and a miscarriage of our only baby. It was an extremely rough season and we all experienced grief and pressed on with Randy leading the way, following God.
I have witnessed Randy’s dedication to growing his personal relationship with Jesus. Because he has invested his time in prayer and worship, the people in his life have benefited from his actions. Randy is quick to volunteer in helping a neighbor, friend, or a stranger in need. He is involved in Ragan’s Hope, feeding the homeless, mudding out flooded homes, and last August became a Cajun Navy member and assisted in boat rescues during Hurricane Harvey. Randy views himself as a problem solver and will go to the ends of the earth to find solutions for those who are hurting.
Over the years, Randy’s actions model the self-sacrificing devotion and loyalty he has for others. I see why God picked Randy to be my partner in life and provide such love and support for our family. I believe his dedication to his faith, family, and volunteer efforts is based on his personal relationship with Jesus. I am privileged to witness his growth over the last fifteen years in his spiritual gifts and am thankful to be a part of the journey. Love you R2!
*The Holy Bible, New International Version Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society