Here in Torrevieja, Spain, enjoying life with a greatful heart ***
On my journey in UK I was asked if I was a “newly married one”. For a woman having been married for 40 years it was a surprising question and I have been pondering the reason for that question, but I feel like saying something, just a little bit, about the secrets of the longevity and firmness of this marriage, The most important relationship after God.
If you would ask my husband, he would keep it a little bit more external and shallow, likewise my eye or my ways to move etc ...man’s stuff, BUT I can tell more.
Most of the time, not always though, when I take time to look at my husband’s face, I remember how it was when I was falling for him over 40 years ago. The same attributes of character I still see and love in him. I call it mega mercy, the sovereign mercy of God. We have experienced some huge adventures of uncommon freedom and times of “ dreams come true “, the sovereign blessings !
We have also gone through very difficult phases of life including the economic downturn, losing jobs, wiping out the dreams and structures we had started to build. Many kind of growing pain, we had to work through rough patches.
The crucial thing has been to support and cherish when the others one was at weakest and to forgive and ask forgiveness, to resolve And permanently put away a dispute. I call it mega mercy, the sovereign mercy of God!
He doesn’t buy me stuff because I don’t care about stuff. But when I say I need to go to Baku, Moscow, London or New Jersey, he says, of course you go ...
No matter how much wrong and wounding and immature I have been in our arguments, he always goes on his knees in his heart and inspite of all, finds a way to comfort me. I call that mega mercy of God, the sovereign mercy. It is Christlike love! I call it mega mercy , the Sovereign Mercy of God.
And then... to the younger couples I mention; you will be surprised how little the The marriage intimacy changes during the years... if the foundation is true and solid. It is also MEGA MERCY , THE SOVEREIGN MERCY OF GOD ! #amazinggrace#marriage#notacelebrity#life#london#uk#followjesus
MOM BROKE AMAZON!!!
Last night, a few hours after my Mom’s book was made available for pre-order on Amazon, it went to #1 on the “Sports and Outdoors List.” I shared this news with my mother, and we rejoiced.
"Oh my goodness, Michael. Does this mean my book is a bestseller?"
"Well Mom, it's complicated. There are many Bestseller Lists out there, and I'm not sure what it means to have the number one book in a category called, "Sports and Outdoors." But it certainly isn't bad news."
Shortly thereafter, Mom's book went to #1 on a list called “Best Sellers in Rich and Famous Celebrities.” I shared this news with my mother, and she was horrified.
“Michael, are you sure that’s not a misprint? Your grandmother wasn’t rich, and neither am I! And while your little Facebook friends have certainly elevated my profile, I don’t see how anyone could confuse either one of us with a celebrity.”
(Elevated her profile?)
Several hours later, Mom’s book was at #24 on the overall list of Amazon Bestsellers. It was too late to call with that little piece of remarkable news, so I just went to bed, curious to see where the numbers would be this morning. What I found, was a message that read, “Currently Unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.”
Mom had broken Amazon.
I called her right away with an update.
“Michael, how is that possible? How can a company as large as Amazon run out of a book that hasn’t even been printed yet? You better call Jeff Bezos and see what’s going on over there.”
“Yes, Mother. I’ll call Jeff Bezos right away. We usually catch up on the weekends anyway. I’ll let you know what he says.”
FYI, I haven’t heard back from Jeff, but according to Simon and Schuster, #24 on Amazon’s Bestseller List is a very, very big deal, especially for a book that won’t be shipped until mid-November. So, on behalf of my mother, thank you all so much for your support. In the meantime, the Barnes and Noble site has not collapsed under the weight of my Mom’s Mighty Tome. Yet… https://bit.ly/2wT6ZCg
(PS. Word to the wise. Don't call Mom a celebrity. Geez!)