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Topic: Achievement (03/08/12)
TITLE: Successful Mates
By Ken Langenbrunner
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Traversing down the stairs, with a youthful spring in her step, and a joy in her heart, and a glow on her face, she quietly thanked the Lord for His grace and that loving man He had placed in her life. From the kitchen she could hear the soft clinking of cups and spoons, and then the sound of pouring coffee, with background humming from a joyful heart.
He was preparing their morning routine of coffee and quality time together before the rush and scurrying of daily life filtered in and took them apart from each other.
His heart rejoiced at the familiar sound of her footsteps on the stairs, and soon he felt her warm gentle loving embrace. After a passionate kiss on his lips, she whispered in his ear,
“Good morning; I love you.”
He whispered back,
“Good morning to you as well, and I love you, but why are we whispering?
“Because, I feel romantic in your arms, I have a peace in my heart, and thankfulness to God for both.”
As she made her way to the couch, I followed close behind with our coffee. I so love waiting hand and foot on this vision of beauty. We sat in total joy and contentment of just being in each others presence, sharing time and space. Whether we spoke or sat in silence it was magical. We could talk about anything on our minds (except politics!), and many times I was her sounding board in talking out problems confronting her at her place of work. Some we solved, but just having someone else’s input and perspective can bring resolution and success later.
My love thanked me again for being there for her last night, as the devil attempted to make her school work too difficult to complete, but by working together, with God’s help, we had defeated his power and finished the course. There’s a quote from a movie I watched, “Happiness is only real… when shared.” I agree, but I would also say that unhappy times need to be shared as well. When two share a burden, the weight and task is cut in half, as we have proven often in our times together.
We get along well because we value each others thoughts, abilities, and accomplishments. God has given each of His children certain spiritual gifts, different from one another, and I believe He brings together people with these certain gifts that will complement each other. Mine…well, mine I think is patience and care giving. I can give her one of my famous and oft requested backrubs that de-stresses her hectic lifestyle, while at the same time, listen to her every word, validating the life and worth of this precious woman God chose for me.
After showering and dressing for work, she paused long enough at the computer to check her score and grade for her on line course. With a loud yell of excitement and pleasure, she races down the stairs to inform me she aced the final, got an A for the course and is now the proud owner of a MBA degree.
“WOW! Finally, you have finished your quest, and now have your BA and MBA. Just recently you received a bonus and raise, and are in the running for a promotion; you are really going to be hard to live with now.”
“What else is on your agenda which seems to turn everything to gold with each focus of your beautiful mind?”
She slips on her coat, reaches for the front door, but stops and returns to me, with a look of contemplation. She stares into my eyes, gives me a lingering kiss, and says to me,
“My ‘agenda’ has only one last commitment; spending more time with you, showing you how much you are loved.”
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