Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you WILL perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"

Friday, June 01, 2007

11 years later

As hard as it might be to read....and to write...I feel the NEED to take this time to commemorate this day. Eleven years ago today, all the planning and waiting came to and end as Brad and I got married. I changed my name from Reese to Thornsbrough, and never looked back. Someone recently called the past 15 years a "learning experience." But to me, the years have been much more than that. While I believe God can intervene at any time, there is a possibility that this is our last anniversary. However circumstances that God allows could make that true for anybody's marriage, so I am certainly not unique. I am learning to appreciate what God allows in life each day, and to try to learn from it. I don't always make the right choices, or react correctly in each situation. However, I do not regret having loved. Here is an excerpt from a blog entry of mine last fall. I was reminded of it tonight while I was looking for the right pictures to post. I repost it here for you.

Pain doesn't kill
I started reading "Feathers from My Nest" by Beth Moore. I love Beth Moore. I can always hear her southern accent speaking when I read her books, and it is soothing. I bought this book a few years ago when I attended a conference where she spoke. I am just starting it again, and I thought it would be a bit lighter that my last book. I guess not. I read this last night, when I was having a "painful moment." Thankfully, today hasn't been like that.

"I have learned that pain doesn't kill...I threw my hands over my heart and fought like a Trojan not to give way to it. God gently pulled my hands away and said, 'My child, go ahead and feel it. The pain will not kill you. It will be a reminder that you are very much alive, engaged, and that you loved with abandon. That was your primary assignment. Your present pain proved you did it.' It was at this moment God spoke a transforming truth into my life: The goal of life is not the absence of pain. It's the presence of glory. God's glory. And sometimes that comes most vividly with pain. Not only have I learned that pain doesn't kill; I have learned that I will never lose or be betrayed by the one thing with absolute power to destroy me-God Himself."
So, anyway, here are a few pictures of our wedding day..enjoy looking, I know that I have!



Our Wedding Song
George Strait I Cross My Heart
Our love is unconditional
We knew it from the start
I can see it in your eyes
You can feel it from my heart>From here on after
Let's stay the way we are right now
And share all the love and laughter
That a lifetime will allow

I cross my heart
And promise to
Give all I've got to give
To make all your dreams come true
In all the world
You'll never find
A love as true as mine

You will always be the miracle
That makes my life complete
And as long as there's a breath in me
I'll make yours just as sweet
As we look into the future
It's as far as we can see
So let's make each tomorrow
Be the best that it can be


And if along the way we find a day
It starts to storm
You've got the promise of my love
To keep you warm


Steph said...

We've thought of you and prayed for you today. If there is one thing I want to say and say loudly
"DON'T GIVE UP!!!" He was worth it fifteen years ago when you began this journey - he was worth it eleven years ago today when we were willing to carry those very HOT lanterns down the aisle (sorry couldn't help but throw that in there) and he is worth hanging in there for now! Gary and I both believe in your marriage. We love you and our door is always open. I think about Moses when his arms were too tired to stay up - he had friend's come and hold his arms until the battle was finished. I feel like we are there at this time. So, cousin and friend - let me help hold your arms!!!
Love you!

brittany said...

Your post has me in tears. What a sweet thing for you to say (and I know you mean it) to her, as a cousin and as a friend. I'll stand with you in helping hold up her arms in any way I can.

Jamie said...

San, do what YOU have to do. You have done everything by The Book. There is nothing to feel guilty about. Pray and let God lead you, not other people. As we know people aren't always right, God is. People let us down, God doesn't!!!!