Wishing Anew

I love fairytales and the romance of wishing wells. There is something in our heart that always longs for something more, something beyond ourselves. For many years, my heart longed for something unattainable. Before I could even catch myself, my heart wished for my Prince. Even when he was completely off limits to me, my heart never gave up hope. And, beyond all comprehension, the Lord saw fit to make it possible for this dream to be fulfilled. It’s been the most beautiful season of my journey so far.

In fact, my heart was so full from seeing my prayers answered and my wishes granted that I could barely imagine wishing for more. In fact, something happened on my birthday last year that spoke volumes about my heart…

The sweetest moment of the night came for me when it was time to blow out my birthday candle. For the first time, since I don’t know when, I didn’t know how to wish. For years, every time I had the opportunity to wish for something, my heart wished for this. Even when it seemed impossible, my heart held onto hope and wished for the fulfillment of this dream. My eyes filled with tears as I realized that I was right in the middle of seeing God fulfill my heart’s desires. “…A desire fulfilled is a tree of life”. I can definitely say that I am drinking deeply of that cup. My soul is resonating, to its very core, with the truth that God does come through for us, in His time. And, it’s beyond what we can hope or imagine.

But, as Emily Dickinson said,

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And, so, my heart is fluttering again. Hope never stays still for long. Nick and I have begun to dream about our future and what it may hold. What I didn’t share in my earlier Birthday Post is that when I told Nick I didn’t know what to wish, he assured me that I did. Now, we are praying and wishing together. It’s incredibly beautiful.

So, don’t give up on your dreams. Keep the faith and hold out hope. It’s richer than you can imagine when a long desired wish comes true.

This post was in response to the The Daily Prompt

Overwhelming Gratitude

“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessing.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

After months of waiting for all of the pieces to come together, this week I was finally able to sit and write the “Thank You” cards for our wedding. It was a beautiful journey through the many people who blessed us as we joined our lives. The best thing about it is that it wasn’t gifts or monetary blessings that I found myself treasuring. With each card, I could recall the many ways someone supported or prayed for us as we walked this journey. Each stroke of my pen brought another reminder of someone who helped carry the burden of our heart ache when we were apart from one another. Each addressed envelope represented someone who rejoiced when God brought our paths back together. And, my heart was flooded with gratefulness.

There are so many more people to whom we owe this debt that we will never be able to repay. We owe a great debt of gratitude to our families, our church families, and the friends who held our hands, dried our tears, and laughed with us. The emotion is too great for words.  So many people spoke God’s Truth to us and over us.  His mercies are never failing, and even when we couldn’t see His path, He gave us wonderful angels to hold our hearts.  The list is endless and we could never thank everyone enough.

As our wedding verse, Nick and I chose a passage that we have come to cherish:

“This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes!  This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” – Psalm 118:23-24

Nick and I hold this to be true with every day we are given together.  Every morning, we open our eyes to another day gifted to us by the Lord.  Each day brings its own opportunity to love each other well and pay forward the love and mercy that has been given to us.  As a couple, we are doing all we can to honor the sacrifices made in order for us to be here today.  So, for the many loved ones who have prayed for us, walked with us, cried with us and rejoiced with us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  You have loved us like Jesus.  May the Lord return blessing upon blessing to you.

With Overwhelming Gratitude,

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Giardino

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Thank you Card