By Kimberly Thomas
"No good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly." Psalm 84:11
I love acrostics. Building a message from them can be so much fun, and it really takes much of the work out of it for me. It's as if the points are already provided ... I just have to fill in the blanks.
Have you figured it out yet? It's forever engraved in my heart and on the inside of my husband's wedding band, along with the reference of Psalm 84:11, and I tell him often: You Are My Good Thing.
When I met Mark, it didn't take long for me to know that he was God's gift to me. We were brought together at the right time, in the right place, for the right season of life.
After I lost my first husband to cancer, I learned some things about myself that proved to be potentially serious weaknesses. In my first two years as a single mom, I began making a list of those weaknesses, praying the Lord would take care of me … that "IF" He chose to bring someone into our life, He would use my "list" in putting it all together.
Mark is my list … and then some. He is truly my good thing. The gift God knew I needed.
But you know, every now and then I need to look at my list again. When things get crazy. When he's been out of town. When I'm irritated because he didn't do something, or irritated about what he did. Or simply because I need to be reminded of what a Good Thing he truly is.
I challenge you today to make a list yourself. List all the things you love about your husband. You might have to dig a little, especially if you are in a critical frame of mind. But I can promise you, once you start, your list will grow. Ask God, who gives us these good gifts, to help you. Believe me, that's a prayer that won't go unanswered.
Then, before you've run out of paper, leave him a note that says, "YAMGT."
Let me know what happens!
Kimberly Thomas is married and the mother of four children, ages 18, 15, 6 and 2. She lives in St. Charles IL, and enjoys reading, traveling, music, writing, public speaking, and spending time with her family. Kimberly is in the process of writing an autobiography based on her life experience in the death of her first husband. You can write to Kimberly through the Letters page of this magazine.