life as it is seen from my heart and soul

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35 =

the # of years I have been married today. 35. I keep thinking how can I be married that long? How can it be 35 years??? I have had the last name Roepke longer than I had my  maiden name Love.  35 years. I am so grateful for my marriage. My husband loves me despite me. Through  the good, the bad, being well and being sick, being depressed, through children and miscarriages, through amazing ups and horrible downs. And in the center is God, the Lord of the Heavens that brought us together and has kept us together. Thank you Lord for my husband, his commitment, his faith and his love for me.


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and the truth is…..

despite the actions of men in churches ~ God is greater than they are. my husband WAS a youth pastor at a small church but because of what i would call lack of _______ and ________ and ________ (these blanks aren’t for profanity, but for the moral words i would use)  he was let go on the 28th of July with August 1st being his last day. it is sad. BUT God, in His infinite wisdom, knew this was coming.
the week before, from the 20th to the 25th we were at a retreat for pastors and their wives. there were 5 couples and 1 host couple. we were in the woods of Wisconsin without internet, television, and cell phones. it was fabulous. and the really really cool thing is we signed up for this in January this year and God knew.
our Scripture is from John 21 15-22. and since the retreat we have each had it in readings. we keep asking ourselves what is the Lord trying to tell us in this Scripture?  we continue to pray about it.
and I am beginning to crochet again…. I am excited to see what happens.
then there is the new job…. getting anxious/nervous/excited/and hoping God knows best.
Enjoy the week!!!!

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oh to tell the truth of our life

our life. full of ups and downs, rights and lefts, joys and sorrows. that is what life is about though as a believer in Jesus Christ and the Trinity of God.  we will live this life on earth to the best of our abilities in Jesus, clinging to Him. and right now we cling like a rock climber holding onto the small stones on the side of a cliff. we look up for the next steps He would have us take.
we have just returned home from a five day working retreat for pastors and their wives in the forests of Wisconsin. i cannot begin to tell how the Lord worked in our marriage and our hearts. He is prepping us for the next piece of the journey He has us on. and i will wait patiently not knowing anything about it, but knowing God the Father cares for us, Jesus has saved us and the Holy Spirit will lead us.
we left for the retreat knowing when we returned change was ahead. now we wait. it is not worrisome, it is not anxiously, it is waiting with the knowledge of His grace, peace, love and care. choices might be made for us, but God will use what ever happens for His blessing.