Outside influences. This is a good one. Well, you took away my cable. All the good influences are now so far from me . . . I can’t hear from them like I used to . . .Kardashians, Braxtons, Ice -T and Coco . . . :0) joking . . . tee hee hee . . . :0D
I’m thinking of the sweet comment you made this past Saturday about one of your closest friends, wishing that he and his wife lived closer. I wish they lived closer too.
I’m thinking of another of your close friends who has moved away and how I saw you grow and change as the two of you grew even closer while he was here. I’ll miss him and his wife when they have completely transitioned to their new city.
I’m thinking of the couples with whom we spend our Thursday nights, the older couples in our life and other friends who form a circle around us and cover us with their love, encouragement and prayer. The Lord has been so good to us, blessing us with people who love us, enjoy spending time with us, pour into us and are honest with us. We have manifestations of Proverbs 27:17 all around. And we are sharper.
As we’re being thoughtful and prayerful about this next transition in our lives, it’s important that we have relationships with people we can trust, with whom we can share what the Lord is doing in our lives and in our hearts. There are so many outside influences clamoring to taint our bond, so we have to cling to Christ and be open to the people He gives us and the ways He chooses to love us and guide us through them.
We are a reflection of each other and our support groups are a reflection of who we want to be and what we can become. If we want to be great, we have to surround ourselves with greatness. Influence is a choice, but the people and objects that influence us can be subtle and therefore blur our ability to determine when something has changed the way we think or relate. We need to be careful and protect our hearts and minds through prayer and the word. If our marriage is a ministry, and through it the Lord can reach people, change and save their lives, we need to be driven closer to Him and closer to each other so that we can show up for Him and be effective.
I’m so grateful for who you are and the kind of people you attract. We have a beautiful life partly because of the beautiful people in it.
Loving loving you,
This concludes the marriage letters for now. Please visit http://therunamuck.com/2012/04/29/marriage-letters-on-outside-influences/ to read more letters. The letter written by Amber today was just plain good. Seriously. A must read.