Thursday, April 28, 2011

I'm THANKFUL on this Thursday for...

Good Morning!  Welcome to Thankful Thursday!  What a wonderful Day!  Today I am thankful for so much.  Particularly I want to share with you about my husband.  He is an amazing man.  Jim loves the Lord with all his heart.  He loves serving.  He works hard to provide. 

I get so irritated with him sometimes.  He tends to have a little road rage...not in a bad way, but he gets really irritated with people who talk on their cell phone and drive because, in his words, "They can't drive and talk at the same time!"  He also can't stand when someone won't go at least the speed limit.  He is a laugher...he likes to be funny...well, he thinks he is funny.  And I guess he is...if you haven't heard his jokes a million times!  I am thankful for his jokes, nonetheless.  

You may ask why I am so thankful for Jim today...well, because I see so many wives that have husbands that are not the man Jim is.  Now, I'm not trying to put anyone down or make anyone feel bad or less than blessed.  I am just thankful for the man that God gave me.  We weren't Christians when we got married.  In fact, it was 4 1/2 years after we got married that we bacame Christians.  We have been Christians ever since, never once falling backwards.  Thank you, Jesus!  Yet, I KNOW that God gave me Jim.  No other man in the world would put up with me!

What I love most about my husband is that he loves me!  I am a very independent woman.  I like things my way!  I am strong willed and strongly opinionated.  I tend to be somewhat 'loud' when around people I know well and very quiet around those that I don't know well.  I'm not fond of being around crowds of people and I don't like being around strangers.  I prefer to be around family or by my self.  Not necessarily a good thing for a preacher, huh?  Jim, on the other hand, never met a stranger.  He loves being around people and talks to everyone!  No matter where we go, the man sees someone he knows!  I get so frustrated with it, but it's Jim and I love him.  In 2001, we had the privilege of visiting Israel.  Even half way across the globe, the man saw someone (not in our tour group) that he knew!  Can you believe it!  It's crazy!

My husband is unique...I think.  See, I know I'm not the easiest person to love or even like, sometimes.  It's something that God & I work on all the time.  I don't have a perfect body.  I've had 4 kids...I have stretch marks...I battle my weight - but I'm down 38 pounds since 2009, praise God!!!...I get grouchy at the drop of a hat...yet through all this junk, Jim loves me.  He thinks I'm beautiful.  I am so thankful for this man in my life.  I never have to worry about 'where' he is, 'what' he's doing or 'who' he's with!  He never goes anywhere but work, home or out with me.  He takes care of me and our home and the cars.  Once in a while, I think he would like to 'go out with the guys,' but he doesn't.  Once in a while, he'll do something with the men from church but that's pretty much it.  The one thing he loves is racing.  It's in his blood...his entire family has been involved in auto racing his entire life.  He drives a race car, a Grand National.  In 2005, he won the track championship in the Factory Stock class.  The next year he moved up to the Grand National Class.  I am proud of him in this endeavor, however, I HATE RACING!  I hate the fact that his 'racing' career dictates my life on Friday nights for 6 months of the year.  We can't go out of town for the weekend because of the races.  We can't go on vacation until the racing season is over.  We can't go out on the bike on Friday nights because we have to be at the track.  It is definitely a point of contention in our marriage. 

I pray and pray asking God to help me at least like the races, but I haven't gotten there yet.  What is so disturbing is the fact that my dad used to race and Jim & I met at the race track.  I should love the races, but I don't!  But, that's ok...I support my husband and I love him.  I will go to the stinking races every Friday night from now till mid-September.  I will probably grumble about it and comlain loudly!  But, I will go...I will rejoice when he does well and I will cry when he doesn't.  I am just thankful that I have a place to go WITH him.  I am thankful that he wants me to be there with him. 

Yes, I am thankful on this Thursday...I am truly blessed with an amazing husband.  I thank God for Jim...even when he irritates me...even when he MUST race...even when he tells me I'm beautiful and I don't think I am...even when we are sleeping next to each other and I hear him snore...I THANK God!

Have a thankful Thursday,


  1. I love my daddy! He is such a wonderful man and we look up to the both of you.

    I am also thankful for my husband. He is working hard and driving far just for work. He is gone 12 hours a day between the drive and work and then comes home and showers and leaves for church or baseball for our boys. He doesn't sit down until almost 10pm every single night then he is back up at 4:30am. He is working very hard. I am so thankful for his physical ability to work and his willingness to work. I am thankful for a heart to care for his family.

  2. Isn't great that God blessed us with great men? I look around at some men I know and I am thankful that I am not their wife! Your Jim sounds like a blessing and I'm thankful for you that you know it :-)

  3. What a great post! You know we love you and we love Jim, even when the four of us have been out together and he starts talking to someone and the three of us are ready to go, he stands there and talks and talks. It would be wonderful to be able to start up a conversation with someone you don't know. I am sorry you don't like the races but praise the Lord you still go and show your support for him. When Dad was racing there were women that wouldn't step a foot in at the race tract but because of your love for Jim you want to be there for him. You have a wonderful husband and we are so glad the two of you love each other. Blessings to you and to Jim.

  4. I am thankful for my husband too. God certainly knew what He was doing when He brought us together. Same for you and Jim. :)


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