Sept 9th, 2004: I am coming up on a very special anniversary. On September the 19th, I will have been married to Doug Arnold for three months (and they said it wouldn't last). Being married is different in more ways than I could have imagined. I go to bed now after only seeing one episode of the Andy Griffith Show instead of my usual two. I get up much earlier than I used to. What's for dinner has taken on a whole new importance. One thing that sort of took me by surprise also is the responsibility I feel as a helper to my new mate. Not the responsibility to keep the house clean or clothes washed even though I give this my best shot. The responsibility I'm writing about is the fact that God has a plan for Doug's life and now I am part of it.

For so many years as a single girl, I was always perusing and praying about God's plan for my life but now I pray that I am aware and seeking what God's plan is for us both as husband and wife. But thinking about this made me aware of something else. We have this same responsibility is some ways to all the people in our lives. I mean, I am part of God's plan for my parents, family and friends.

We as born again children of the Lord have so much to be aware of and responsible for here on this earth. To the people who don't know our Lord, we are part of God's plan to be examples of who He is. We are to show other's that don't know Him that He is a God of love and grace. Maybe we are placed in someone's path for a specific task from the Father. This thought is a bit overwhelming to me. I can think back on times in my life that I can honestly hope that no one knew that I was a saved child of God. Oh I don't think I'm really a mean person (I PRAY NOT) but there are certainly times that I didn't act like a representative of the Savior. I was just too busy trying to get through my day to make my plans happen. Well, as I think more and more about this, I feel that this is unacceptable. I do think that our time here on this lovely earth is short and the Lord saved us for a reason. In Ephesians 2:10, Paul writes "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do". When I read this, it is clear to me that we are responsible to seek and listen to every moment to the leading of the Holy Spirit. My prayer is that I can hear past the noise of the world and hear the sweet voice of the Lord. As a new bride, I certainly don't want to miss His plan for Doug and me as a couple. As a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, I don't want to miss His plan for me as His child, witness and servant.


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