Roughly Translated

by | May 30, 2023

Sometimes what we say doesn’t match what we do.

“I’m going to do the dishes” = I’m going to eat all the crackers while I stare at bacon grease.
“I found my soccer shorts” = I pulled everything out of the dryer and threw it on the floor.
“I brushed my teeth” = I licked the toothpaste while I thought about dinosaurs.
“Here, let me rub your back!” = I’m sleepy and need something to put me right out.
“I finished my school work” = I told it WE’RE THROUGH!
“I washed up” = I turned on the water.
“I washed up” = There’s a 4’ high tower of bubbles in the sink. Surely that counts for something?
“I’ll be right up after I take out my contacts” = I will check every lock and watch the kids sleep and get a snack and plan a field trip and ponder life.
“Can I just tell you one quick thing?” = 20 minutes later, I take a breath.

My husband promised to be faithful through sickness and health, plenty and want, and he has kept that promise. He’s been faithful to his word. But no one told him about my tendency to monologue. Or hoard. Or boss. And neither of us imagined how loud and messy the fruit of the womb could be in everyday life. Those cute, squalling babies don’t come with a warning label. We have the best intentions… We try to show love… But we are flawed and we fail.

I’m so grateful that, when God says something, He can be trusted with every word of it. His intentions and actions of love never fail. He is love. (I John 4:8)

“I will never leave you” = NEVER. Especially when you can’t tell I’m there. Implies ALWAYS WITH you, too.
“I will never forsake you” = No matter who gives up on you – including you – I never will.
“Never” = NEVER.
“Always” = ALWAYS.
“Forever” = FOREVER.

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8

Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God.
Romans 8:39

We may fail each other, but God’s love will hold us up and dust us off. We’re not alone.

This will not be a long blog post = THE END!


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