FMF Friday: Anniversary

30I have not been writing for joy of late. My writing has been about drumming up business for my WordPress website design business. That’s all well and good, but there’s more to life, yes?

I had made a conscious decision to begin participating in Kate Motaung’s Five-Minute Fridays as a way to jumpstart my writing. It is the fourth year that she has been hosting Five-Minute Friday so the word she chose was: anniversary. Here we go:

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The word “anniversary” brings up thoughts of happy occasions. Mostly, the time in a marriage.  This particular year, 2018, there are several anniversaries near and dear to my heart.

Thirty years ago, I met Rich, my first husband. We met online, on a long-defunct Commodore platform called Q-Link. It was pretty much love at first type. We got married a year later and I became an instant mom to his three kids of whom he had full custody. Then we added two more kids to the mix.

The second anniversary is about Rich, as well. Eight years ago, he died of complications of diabetes. I’m finding that the waves of grief ebb and flow and remarriage doesn’t change that.

The August 17 anniversaries are multiple. My Rich would be 71, my older sister will be 66, and my late MIL (Joe’s mom) went home to Jesus.

The most important anniversary is that ten years ago, Jesus called me back to Him. I’d been a neglectful Christian through my 20s and 30s and then, in my 40s, a lot of things began to change. My mom died and two months later my marriage hit a huge snag. The foundation of my world as I knew it crumbled. In the spring of 2008, I began to hear whispers in my heart.

“You’re not alone. You’ve never been alone. I am here. I am always here. You are loved beyond what you can imagine.”

Salve to my soul. It took a while for me to believe and the whispers became shouts.

But ten years ago, Jesus called me back to Himself, I listened, and things have never been the same since.

I am blessed.

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14 thoughts on “FMF Friday: Anniversary”

  1. That most important anniversary of yours got me! Isn’t it overwhelming how Jesus continues to call us back to Him. I can identify with you in that I was a prodigal for many years but He never gave up on me either. So glad you shared your thoughts and are joining in on Five Minute Friday.

    1. Thanks, Debbie, for the visit and the comments! I’m more thankful yet that, no matter how far we roam, He always welcomes us home!

    1. I’m purposing in my heart the same thing, Susan. I can’t jumpstart a business and blog every day but I feel like the Lord is calling me to blog on the intersection of life and faith at least once a week. FMF affords that opportunity. Thankful. xo

  2. We mark important events in our life by these anniversaries, and you’re right the 10-year Mark with Jesus is the one that matters most!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to visit, Andrew. And I’m so happy to find someone who remembers Q-Link! I feel a little less like a dinosaur. And faith is the mainstay of my life.

  3. Thank you for sharing about your anniversaries. I love what you said about Jesus calling you back to Himself, reminding you that you are loved and that He never leaves you alone. I needed that reminder today.

  4. Thank you Shelby for the reminder that Jesus loves us beyond our imagination. And that He never leaves us. How beautiful it is when He calls us to Himself. Even if we haven’t wandered very far from Him. For that I am grateful. Praying for you as you celebrate bittersweet anniversaries this August. Rejoicing with you that you are His. Visiting from FMF!

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