Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My Prayer(s)

My husband and I are a mismatched pair when it comes to faith/religion.  I believe and he doesn't.  I continuously pray for his salvation.  I know nothing is impossible with God and one day, my prayer will be answered.  With that being said, each morning as he leaves for work, my prayer states: "I plead the blood of Jesus over my husband.  God, protect him to and from each destination that he may ponder."  I am thankful my husband is a great provider, caring father, and a loving husband.  Not  a day goes by that I don't confess these promises:

 Acts 16:31:
31And they answered, Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [[a]give yourself up to Him, [b] take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved, [and this applies both to] you and your household as well.


1 Corinthians 7:14  
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are holy.

"El Shaddai"

Monday, June 21, 2010

Our Wedding Day!

Well, we didn't have a wedding or a honeymoon.  We got married at the Madison County Courthouse in Huntsville, AL in 1996.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures to share either.  I remember being nervous and happy all at the same time.  I learn something new everyday and maintaining a healthy marriage and family is hard work.  It was one of the happiest days of my life:-)!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Cook's Dating Story

(First picture we took at a photo gallery in Andalusia, AL.--  James (21) Gertha (19))

My husband James and I met in 1992 at Lurleen B. Wallace State Jr. College in Andalusia, AL.  I was 19.  He's from Mobile, AL and I'm from a little town forty-five minutes South of Albany, Ga called Morris, Ga.
  At the time, I was dating someone else. Consequently,  I found out he was seeing another girl besides me.  I was hurt, a little.  However,  in my heart , I liked James from the start.  I used to watch him in the backyard from my bathroom window of our apartment complex.  ( Our college didn't have dorms so we lived in apartments)  I wanted to make sure that he liked me too because I didn't want to get hurt again.  I would speak and we'd oddly end up in the same places.  Later, I discovered he was watching me as well:-).

We couldn't stand to be away from each other.  He was always on my mind.  I love how he would always be there when I needed him, give me what I needed and put me first.  I graduated in 1992 from LBW and transferred to Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL.  We'd write letters and had an ENORMOUS phone bill:-).  We were miserable apart.  But, being who he is, he transferred to Athens State to be near me.  I love him for that.  I miss that feeling and that energy.

I'm going to let him know/show him just how much I love and  appreciate him.  He's such a remarkable provider for our family.

This is us 14 years and two children later.


Sunday, June 13, 2010


It took me awhile to get here.  I joined a Good Morning Girls http://goodmorninggirls.squarespace.com (created  by Courtney -Women Living Well and hosted with her friend Angela) group in the fall and I am participating in the summer session as well.  It has brought me so much hope and joy.  I have been contemplating creating a virtual journal to share my "quiet times" for awhile.  I was nudged by my husband to start one online but I'm not one to pour my heart out for the world to read. Then, I started thinking about our children.  Being "digital natives", I wanted to allow them access to my virtual journal.  I'm glad I decided to do it.   I find when I tithe the start of my day to God, I'm even tempered and patient (for most of the day_;-)).  I can feel and hear the Holy Spirit speak to the spirit that abides in me.  I have much work to do on myself and I am glad I chose not to do it alone.   My favorite bible promise is Phil. 4:13-- "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".

Until next time....

Monday, June 7, 2010

Completing Him Challenge!

As my first post to my newest blog, I'm announcing my participation in the "Completing Him Challenge", hosted by my favorite blog http://womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com.  Courtney, thanks for the challenge:-)