Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sweet.

 Alright y'all... I've got to gush.  Just a teensy.  I mean, it's nearly Valentine's day, and by now I'm pretty sure you've each read enough of my blog to know I'm head over heels in love with my man and don't really care much who knows it.  Sometimes, (and I wish I could say this happened all the time) it occurs to me just how amazing it is that I got the one I got. 
 The other day, I was having a hard time getting my bearings in life.  I was holding back tears, fighting worry with two hands like it was a living thing, and it happened.  Someone decided to drop their own stress all over my little shoulders, and I accepted it.  They dumped on me and I let them.  I was haunched over about half the day trying to sort out why I couldn't stand up straight, when I shared the situation with Adrain.  It took him all of about a minute to tell me to pull myself up by my bootstraps, shake off the situation which wasn't my fault and didn't have anything to do with me really, and press forward.  (He didn't say it in those exact words... His words are always a little more subtle, measured, and gentle than mine.  He's diplomatic.  I do well with diplomatic, since I'm a little bit of a sensitive girl. I take things to heart.) 
 Anyway, I continued my day, feeling slightly better.  Later that evening, I came to find out that he had stepped into the situation bogging me down, and gently asked the person who had gotten me all stirred up to please come to him, instead of me, in the future.  It blew my mind.  This isn't the first time Adrain has stood in between me and a fist.  (Okay, so it wasn't an actual fist, but you know what I mean.)  In fact, I remember back in high school, airily waltzing out of a classroom, paying very little attention to my surroundings, when my man (who was actually my man back then too) roughly shoved me behind him, as he simultaneously stepped in between an actual fistfight that would have surely encountered me, had I taken even another step forward.  He took a few punches in those moments of sorting things out between the fighters, and I think I was a goner for him, right there.  He's never backed away from a situation that might leave me hurting, but always steps right in between me and the hurt, taking the thing on his own broad shoulders.
 It's funny, I can't tell you exactly how broad his shoulders are... but they are wide, tall at around 6'1," and they protectively block a lot from my view, down here at the 5' level.   I can't help but draw a parallel between the man who loves me this way, and the God who never fails to step in the gap between every situation in my life. I'm just amazed by the fact that I'm so loved... and cherished... and protected.  And you know what?  So are you.  Regardless of your actual real-life romance status, there is always a God who thinks you are worth stepping in for.  A God who wants to leave you feeling precious and delighted in.  I can think of nothing sweeter, as we celebrate the holiday of love than taking a minute to bask in that kind of unconditional love, can you?     

Happy Valentine's Day.  May it be a sweet one, filled with all kinds of love!



(You can still enter my giveaway... I'll be choosing a winner next week!)

24 comments:

  1. would it be too mushy to say... i love you! :O)
    i mean really... you are a true gift to so many!
    always sharing your heart and your thoughts.
    you have a way of making us feel special.
    thanks.
    yes!
    i too feel so blessed to have such a love...
    that wonderful unconditional love HE gives us!
    there is "nothing better to bask in".

    you have a great man there...
    and he is so very lucky to have you.
    cheers to yall in this season of love. :O)

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  2. That so doesn't surprise me about Adrain- he is such a sweet, genuinely good man.

    Your cupcakes are adorable. How do you find the time. I haven't even showered yet today

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  3. hey girlie. Are those cupcakes gluten free? :)

    sorry just had to ask.

    Did you talk to Becky today?

    The last photo is my fave.

    LOVE this post and about your man stepping in for you and God too!

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  4. Awesome comparison and sounds like an awesome man! Happy V day :)

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  5. how sweet! your love for your guy just gushes from you! and it's supposed to be that way :) happy love day to you too!

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  6. Once again . . . I love how you love your man. He sounds like a keeper. :)

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  7. Aww! I love that! What an amazing blessing to have a husband who carries that for you. And how blessed we all are that our God does the same!

    Nice to "meet" you - hopping over from Farmgirl's site after she said she'd be local soon! :)

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  8. I had a guy step in and protect me like that once and oh, did I fall hard. It helped that he was the most handsome man I have ever met. :) He is not in my life, for good reason (my Heavenly Father sent him packin') but reflecting on that part of our relationship showed me how important it is to me to have someone who respects me enough to let me fight my own battles, but also loves me enough to put my safety first. What can I say, I need a hero! I'm glad you have a champion in your man. And yes, I know I have a Champion, too. Who do you think sent Mr. Not Quite Right away, protecting me from what I could not see?

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  9. he's a keeper...and so are you. you better be puttin' one of those in some tupperware for ME! OH MY GOODNESS...only a few days left:)

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  10. What a perfect post for the season of love...Even those without an earthly husband can rest in the arms of our heavenly groom. You are wise to cherish your man...you are truly blessed indeed.

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  11. Ok, can we talk about how perfect those cupcakes are? LOVE the first pic, they look like they are straight out of a bakery!
    I also loved your story and that you are so in love with your man! Isn't it wonderful being married to your best friend?

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  12. Stop the presses... those cupcakes look so amazing... that first one is killing me... I have got to start playing with gluten free cupcake recipes... before I live another day!! =)

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  13. Absolutely precious! I live the way you share your love fo rhim, inspires me. I have a wonderful (earthly) protector as well, my hero, and I often forget what gift he is.

    Even better our heavenly Love. What a great perspective you have, Hugs!

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  14. LOVE this post - I love it when my friends have fabulous, romantic lives with their husbands :-).

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  15. What a blessing...on so many levels.

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  16. i really loved this post, sasha. Sometimes I think I fail to communicate the depths of my love for my husband...almost like I'm embarrassed or something and I love how open you are about it. :) And the cupcakes look amazing!!

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  17. Sasha, I am always so moved by your posts. I am truly thankful that God made us friends :)

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  18. Thanks for sharing this, it is a sweet word of encouragement. Your hubby is a special man. I think "real men" are in a greater demand these days and harder to find. I have one too. But it's your application to our sweet Jesus that really touches me.

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  19. Beautiful post! I was wondering what time we should be over for the sweets? Love the photos and sending you happy vibes your way honey!

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  20. You are always SO heartfelt and intentional in your posts and professing your walk with Christ. Love that sincerity and vulnerability.

    AND I would adore the child's wooden bracelet and matching earrings for my daughter. She turns 9 the end of March and how special would it be to finally have a pair of dangly earrings! ;)

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  21. That is so beautiful! Your love for your man just comes oozing out of this post, it is so lovely. Thanks for your inspiring words... I have been so busy the last few days thinking about romance that I didn't stop to think about my Heavenly Fathers love until this post and it really hit me. You really are so sweet! Have an awesome day. :D

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  22. p.s. I forgot to say that the pictures are awesome. Cute party ideas. :D

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  23. Great post, great man and adorable cupcakes. <3

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