Up at 5:45am. Workout. Prayer time. Go to work--Kenneth to Enterprise, me to both my part-time jobs. Sometimes I go to church after work, too. Most the time Kenneth doesn't get home until 8:45pm anyway. 9pm...at home. Sometimes we've already eaten dinner, sometimes we still need to, sometimes it's just too late to eat. 9:30pm...we get to talk.
It used to be that in order for us to have a deep conversation, we'd have to be together for at least a few hours. Sunday afternoons was the only time we REALLY connected. Because with so much going on, we needed to unwind and process before being ready to talk openly. But so much has happened in our relationship and in our growth with Christ, that the walls are practically demolished. Now, it takes about 5 minutes before we can lay everything open and talk heart to heart. Or just joke around and rest together for a bit. Part of that I know is by the grace of God's mercy...working in us to remove any hardness...to soften areas of hurt, and to build a strong bond of trust. God's refinement is so good...so hard, but so good. It's so amazing to look back and see where we've come from and where we're headed...to see how God has humbled us and strengthened us at the same time...over the course of time. And of course, part of this is simple necessity. By 10:30pm we're ready for bed, so whatever needs to be said, needs to get said!
"The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time." ~Henry David Thoreau