>> Thursday, February 19, 2015
I have a kind, thoughtful, generous husband who does everything he does because he loves his family. His aim is providing for and protecting his wife and daughters ~ steadfastly building us up, endlessly encouraging us, gently helping us see where we've thought or done wrong, boldly spurring us to become stronger and wiser. His life is lived in self-sacrificing love.
Our relationship isn't perfect and we hurt each other sometimes. We get angry and treat each other harshly. But those times are exceptions to the rule, and I'm grateful for the humility my husband models for me when he asks my forgiveness or readily extends it to me. And I need it so often. We're broken, like the rest of humanity. But we also know the ultimate Healer of brokenness. As we attempt to live the way He wants us to by the example set by His Son, we experience a wonderful acceptance, freedom, peace, and safety within our marriage that is increasingly rare in our culture.
I'm grateful he's working more locally since the weekend, too, which means he gets to sleep at home every day. It's basically been a full year that he's been working away from home 5-10 days at a time. And even if he's sleeping all day and driving nights, at least we get to have breakfast or supper ~ and sometimes both ~ together as a family again each day.
I'm also thankful this week to have survived my first "dry needling" therapy appointment! It's similar to acupuncture, but its concern is the intramuscular stimulation of specific, problem-causing muscles. An acupuncture-like needle is used to poke around directly on the muscle and if there's a knot in it, it will involuntarily spasm and then relax. If there isn't, there's just a bizarre tingling sensation. All in all, it was a very weird feeling. I'd seen my chiropractor earlier the same day and she realigned my pelvis for me, so between the two of them, my hip/back got thoroughly therapied! I see her again in about two weeks, and the needle guy in a month or so. I'm grateful I've got treatment options, and I look forward to unimpeded lower back mobility again.
What are you thankful for this week?