A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years.
They had shared everything. They had talked about everything.
They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little
old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had
cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.
For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but
one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said
She would not recover.
In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took
down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.
She agreed that it was time that he should know what was
in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls
and a stack of money totalling $95,000.
He asked her about the contents. 'When we were to be married,'
she said, 'my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage
was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you,
I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.'
The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two
precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two
times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with
'Honey,' he said, 'that explains the doll, but what about all of this money?
Where did it come from?'
'Oh,' she said, 'that's the money I made from selling the dolls.'
Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man;
Love to forgive him, and Patience for his moods.
Because Lord, if I pray for Strength,
I'll beat him to death, because I don't have time to crochet
I thank the Lord daily that He had the wisdom to give me a husband who has enough strength to withstand my moods, fads and foibles. I thank Him that Beloved is consistant when I waver. I thank Him that Beloved's strength allows me to be soft. I thank Him that Beloved is proud of my gifts and celebrates who I am.
And I also thank Him that the times of pure, unadulterated FRUSTRATION are significantly LESS now that we near the end of our first decade of marriage!! Thank-you Lord, that you know us better than ourselves and dragged us through the rough spots in our marriage (sometimes kicking and screaming!) because He knew He made us for each other. In giving me Beloved, He gave me a best friend, lover, confidante and support. He gave me my husband.