There is a picture that sits on the corner of my desk. It is more than a decade old yet captivates me anew with each glance.
The backdrop of the image is a bit messy. A wooden bar top with a small white plate, red cloth napkin, used silver fork and some sort of watered down beverage. Clearly, the background is not what draws me in every time I sit down to write.
It is his face.
The face of a man who chooses to overlook my flaws each and every day. The smile of a man who continuously encourages me to become the best version of myself.
He has the cutest ears. The same ears that have been there to listen to me fully and intently for longer than I can remember. His large hands cradle my small ones with tenderness and an acknowledgement that one of his greatest strengths is his gentleness.
His love for me is palpable. No one looking at this photo would miss that. But what I see every day when I glance up from my desk are his eyes. Those beautiful, dark brown eyes, slightly turned downward at the outer corners with laugh lines encircling both sides.
Looking into his eyes, I see grace. I am a work in progress but he doesn’t seem to mind.
When I allow to-do lists and business-related affairs to consume my day and forget momentarily that the best use of my time is that which focuses on my family, faith, and community, he reminds me gently. Grace.
Those times when my thinking and speaking happen in one singular action and he just smiles. Grace.
When I have a challenging day and collapse into his arms with tears streaming down my face, he’s always there to hold me for as long as I need. Grace.
What I see when I look into my husband’s eyes is love, respect, honor and adoration. His humility shines through illuminating all else. But above all things, when I look into his eyes, I see grace. Enough for today. More than enough for tomorrow.
QUESTION: When you look into your husband’s eyes, what is the most awe-inspiring thing you see?
Until tomorrow…make it a great day!
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