It all began five years ago today … when Renaissance Man became President of Hope Unlimited for Children. I told you HERE about why I started blogging. It’s all connected.
You see, when my husband traded his somewhat predictable job in Christian higher education for one bombarded with mortally at-risk, prostituted, and sex-trafficked children, our comfy, protected world was engulfed daily by the real world … and it was sometimes overwhelming.
It still is.
After 14 months of virtually non-stop travel (including several trips to Brazil), I knew my husband needed a break. His 50th birthday was coming up, and so — for the first time ever in our marriage — I made plans he didn’t know about.
While the get-away was just what we both needed, I still wanted to give him a creative birthday gift that would “keep on giving” all throughout his 50th year. After much thought and prayer, I decided …
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For the next 52 weeks, I blessed my husband with a special weekly wish or prayer. The blessings came in various forms: cards, emails, e-cards, even hand-written notes on hotel stationery as we occasionally traveled together.
All the while, I knew I would gather them up (or re-print them) and put them in a simple 8″ x 8″ leather scrapbook to be presented to him on his 51st birthday.
By the way, I’m not like some of you who scrapbook all.the.time. I don’t have the patience for that, but an occasional project like this? I love it!
I should probably do this again because it was a wonderful way to be sure that I paid attention to my husband and what was going on in “his” world.
Some weeks, the encouragement I gave him consisted of just a few words …
Other times, I shared a poem or prayer …
Still other times, my blessing was something I’d seen printed in a church bulletin or magazine …
Of course, there’s no better resource for blessings than the Bible, and I often used Scripture to bless and encourage my husband … even when I wasn’t in my finest form.
Life gets to us all sometimes …
Amazingly, I made it 36 weeks before I forgot to share a beginning-of-the-week blessing … but I didn’t miss the week!
And then Week Final arrived …
… along with birthday #51.
Some of you photographers could instead make a book of photos to go along with your blessings. Of course, even the book is optional. It’s the blessings that count!
Do you know someone with whom you could share a weekly (or even monthly) blessing?
- Husband who travels
- Child away at school
- Little one growing up
- Elderly parent living alone
- Church staff member
- Single parent
- School teacher