Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

Third-Cord Strand of Love

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I stepped to the balcony and fastened my eyes on the rolling, crashing waves, along the shoreline at Gulf Shores in sweet home Alabama. I couldn’t stop the tears. This place holds so many memories.

Dave and I were here to celebrate 49 years of marriage. We felt like teenagers as walked the shoreline, dodging and darting wave after rolling wave of the ocean. It wasn’t long before we stepped in, wetting and washing our feet with the invigorating tide of surprisingly warm and salty foaming water.

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The best foot wash ever.  Ah this felt so good!

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Later we gathered seashells…each one different in shape, size, texture and color. We would give these keepsakes to our grandchildren God has so richly blessed us with.

Not wanting to leave Oceanside we sat awhile, reminiscing and remembering. Gratefully counting our blessings—thankful for the warm embrace of our Father’s faithful love throughout the years and seasons of our lives.

Our Father’s Faithful Love.

He has been the third cord strand that held us together through the sometimes-stormy trials of marriage. His grip of love and grace anchored our souls when ebbing tides of life threatened our grip on Him—and each other.

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Like wave upon wave of vast ocean, sky, and sea….God’s love just keeps coming towards us. You just can’t stop it…nor would you want to.

How do you celebrate the milestones God has brought you through?

For me, it takes a special song. The one that came to my heart this morning.

“Oh The Deep Deep Love of Jesus”, written by the London merchant Samuel Trevor Francis (1834-1925).

photos ©Glenda Mills 2013

30 thoughts on “Third-Cord Strand of Love

  1. Beautiful post, Glenda! Love that 3-cord strand with God. It’s the best way to make marriages work for the long run!

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  2. To me, these old hymns are special events in themselves, Glenda. Every time I hear songs like this, I have flashbacks of sitting beside my dad in our open air church on the mission field, pressed up against his hairy Popeye forearms, his airplane mechanic hands scrubbed clean as he holds the open hymnal for me to sing along with him. He never has to look at the words, but he makes sure I take them in.

    God has sometimes been the ONLY cord that kept me alive, but my father did everything he knew how to make certain that I was tied on tightly.

    So happy for you and your anniversary – my heart is smiling as I read this post.

    Thank you for sharing,
    Becky

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    • Becky,
      Thank you for sharing those sweet memories of your dad in the midst of the great hymns you sang together. What a precious thought of your dad holding on tight to you. surely He reflected the Cords of love sent by our Heavenly Father.
      Hugs!

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  3. Love this entry, Glenda!!

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  4. Beautiful song, Glenda.
    Beautiful marriage. What a blessing and a testimony!

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  5. Sweetie, I love this. Thanks!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your anniversary blessing with us – true inspiration. One of my favorite God-songs! Jeff and I have a special day coming up in May – hope we have as sweet a celebration as you and Dave!

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  7. Wonderful testimony. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. This makes me heart-hungry for the ocean!

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  9. Happy Anniversary!!!! Beautiful song and words! Evidence of the proof of God’ faithfulness .
    Love you two!

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  10. Congratulations on celebrating 49 years of marriage and still feeling like teenagers! Love that song!

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  11. Congrats! I’m really happy for you. I’ve been married for 8 1/2 years only (so far, it’s been mostly good with some ugly storms here and there), so 49 seems a big big number!
    The third strand is so true… I’m convinced it’s THE secret to not merely surviving, but thriving in marriage. I’ve seen the Lord literally dissolve my anger and bitterness in hours (days or weeks in some serious cases), and the same has happened to my husband. We don’t forgive 70 times 7 simply because it’s a commandment, but because we’ve been forgiven by God and we know the offended party has also offended many many times. At times I do not feel very loving and yet the Lord tells me to act loving and while I obey He restores the emotions and the romance. So we enjoy the security that somehow or other we’ll make it through the storms that may come because, come what may, we’re committed, to the Lord first, and then to each other. And because the Lord is faithful in keeping us in His ways (by gentle warnings and using the rod when He must!), we trust He’ll keep drawing us to each other. It may not be idyllic all the time, but it’s real, and true. And the test of faithfulness and loyalty is not to stick around when all is going well, but to stand by your partner in times of adversity, strong disagreements, and apparent hopelessness.
    Thanks to you Glenda and your dear husband for not throwing in the towel when it seemed night was at its darkest point. The world needs to hear that it’s possible to still enjoy, love and be happy with each other after half a century of companionship. Such examples are becoming rarer and rarer.

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    • Carina,
      I so appreciate what you shared about marriage…especially standing by your partner in times of adversity, strong disagreements, and hopelessness. Jesus holds us together because we are first committed to Him and then to each other. The third cord strand that is not easily broken. He gives us grace to walk through the storms together and then what a blessing when we go to the other side of the storm…look back and rejoice over all He brought us through.
      Thanks for stopping by with such encouraging words…you brought tears to my eyes.
      Heart Hugs!

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  12. Glenda, I so enjoyed your message. You and Dave continue to live a wonderful example for your children, grandchildren, family and friends of how you have allowed God to be the center of your marriage. In all that you do, you place Him first. We so enjoyed spending time with you and Dave and we love you both very much.
    Lynda

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    • Thank you Lynda for your kind words. God has been very gracious to us all these years and He really is the One who has held us together. We love you and Freddie too and always enjoy being with you.
      Heart Hugs!

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  13. Lovely! =)

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  14. Beautiful post! I’m sharing it with my friends on Twitter. You certainly have a way with words, Glenda!

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  15. Appreciate you guys so much, congrats, what a beautiful shore line.

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