Guest Blog by John Friesen
Today is February 29th. Many times we tend to feel or even dare whisper something like – ‘if only I had more time, I would get to do some of the things I’ve always wanted to’. Well, today is an ”extra day’ so what are (or did) you do with that extra time?
Lisa (my esteemed other half) and I are sitting at JFK airport on our way to Portugal and Spain to check off one of those ‘bucket list’ things we’ve always wanted to do. This is a combined celebration of our birthdays (in January), Valentine’s Day (February) and our 30th Anniversary (May). Always seeking efficiencies, I figure combining these three events into one amazing experience was a great idea (I’m hoping at the end of this trip I’ll feel the same way).
I have mixed feelings about being away from our children (ok, they’re young adults) for two weeks as it is the longest time we’ve both been away from them. However, I also know that celebrating God’s faithfulness to us in our 30 years of marriage is a great testimony for them. Each of our children are walking vastly different spiritual journeys but I trust that the consistency of our faith in, and love for God and for one another will give them an anchor they can hang onto when life gets to be a bit too much.
The ground is shifting under our feet at alarming levels these days (economics, values, truth, pandemics) and it is really no wonder that so many of our children and teens are experiencing debilitating levels of anxiety.
Investing into our marriage relationship is one of the most important things we can do to build resilience in our children and families. What can you do today that will build strength into your marriage so that it will be the testimony for your children that they so desperately need?
I’ve been sending my daughter a Psalm every few days for the past couple of weeks and perhaps my favourite is Psalm 56… may these verses give you some comfort and an anchor to hang onto when you feel the ground shifting under your own feet.
But when I am afraid,
I will put my trust in you.
I praise God for what he has promised.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4, NLT)
Your fellow servant in Christ,
John Friesen, CEO – MBC