Lovin’ Life

….. A synchronized spiritual way of life, God’s divine is taking hold.

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Dawn awakens the sleepy morning, smelling the remnants of last night’s breeze. Trees bare signs of a new lease on life – happy to be out of the woods of winter. Our Father ordered the winds to turn. I sit on the lanai rejoicing, lovin’ life. I take a second to thank God, not for the luxuries of my lifestyle, but the minute joys in my life. My first thought is humbling, and it begins with a peace of mind for I know everything is according to His will. A synchronized spiritual way of life, God’s divine is taking hold.

Confident, my mind drifts off to other similar amenities that make lovin’ life much easier. It is security though not the financial kind. (I gave that to God to handle). The security of my love, my wife, rests in the palms of His hands. It is a love that evolved on an evening walk. I took her hand in mine and felt a spark. At the time, I couldn’t do anything about our relationship, but God had greater plans for us. In hindsight, how obvious His signs were to us!

Like designer’s attire, some things may not fit, but some things make you feel comfortable. Almost like the boots I lace, I walk in the footprints of Christ’s path. I follow Him relentlessly and comfortably too, just lovin’ life. Treading only in faith, I believe in miracles. Without them, you have little left but doubt. Today, I cover my soul with a baggy Destin sweatshirt, proudly displaying the place I took her hand in marriage. I claimed her as mine, just as God so ordered in our prime.

Success is an absolute acknowledgment that where you go in life, Christ is with you. Anointed by His Father, you find your seat for the last scene is about to commence. Rsvp! You wouldn’t want to miss seeing this script played out! You don’t have to be in the front row. Just believe you are where you need to be when our Big Brother arrives to greet us.
So, I watch the sun majestically calling as it rises in the east. I wonder, is today the day when Christ will come calling? Does it matter? Not really, as He will come when He’s ready. But, in the meantime, my job comes first. As it is written, a man shall take a bride, and she shall be his for eternity. To honor and love…. I close my eyes and can feel the warmth. Lovin’ life, my boots remain ready.

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What Happened To My Marriage?

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Written by Anne L. Bicks, Editor of Dana Bicks LLC

 

Last November, Dana and I were united in marriage on the beautiful beach of Okaloosa Island in Florida. One of the first verses recited were, “It is love and God’s grace that has brought you here, and it is love that will keep you together always.” Well, this statement is true! It was and still is, one of the most beautiful moments of my life. He is truly the love of my life. Recently though, I came to acknowledge the Bible’s explanation that marriage is dissolved at death and will not exist in heaven. What?? For me, this meant a panic attack because I cannot envision life without my husband. So, a ton of questions popped into my mind: Why did I fall in love and get married if he will be taken from me? What is the purpose of getting married? What happens if we marry more than one time? Which spouse will be mine in heaven? Can I trust God will make it better there for all couples?

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No need to panic for God is in control! First of all, in this life on earth, marriage is designed for procreation and companionship. We are to raise children and promote goodness and holiness of our spouses, building a foundation and family for our afterlife in heaven. He states we will not give birth after death because His nation of people will already be created in this life.

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Contrary to belief, Jesus did not say marriage doesn’t exist in heaven. What He said is people blessed with eternal life will not get married in the afterlife, for it is only an earthly concept. There’s a big difference! This does not mean that spouses will no longer know each other in heaven or keep an intimate relationship. It will be a perfect bond that unites two humans into one under Christ and the Church. I envision this as the immaculate union we will share with Christ and all our loved ones. It will be fully unraveled in all its glory in the eternal form of agape love in heaven.

So, how will this affect us if we were married more than once? Just because a man and woman might not be married anymore doesn’t mean they will lose their relationship. They will still remember their time they had on earth and the intimate love they shared, but Christ will take away the earthly sins of that relationship. Because sin will be non-existent, everyone will be filled with God’s love. We will love one another (yes, even the exes) with an intensity never known while on earth. Also, if an earthly marriage were not made in heaven, it will be fulfilled there. The close relationships we have now will be even better as we won’t hurt or disappoint each other anymore.

It is hard for me to conceive having a marriage in heaven that is just perfect! I can’t imagine loving my husband even more than I already do here on earth, but God guarantees it. Personally, I can’t wait to live in a God-centered world and be in a marriage where no laws are needed. We must trust and believe God’s word for the continuance of marriage in heaven. Couples will have all of eternity to learn and grow more profound than they ever were on earth. I don’t know about you, but I’m totally excited!

Only Know….

A true story of love and memories

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Photo by Dana Bicks LLC

 

Looking out over the water and the blowing winter wind, it all looks the same. With great perception, I watch my wife. I know her inner thoughts as I see a cold tear fall from the corner of her eye. Maybe it will help to say, I love you. I pray it softens her aching heart.

Childhood memories pass through her soul, and they seem like a lifetime ago. She silently remembers the camaraderie of herself and her brothers fishing and swimming, crabbing in the summer, and escapades on the frozen river. But most of all, her mother’s last words spoken before she went with God, seems to prevail within her soul. “Take what I am giving you and buy your own waterfront home. Find peace and love there.”

I was busy pursuing my own dreams, so I never recognized God’s gift in 1985 – my wife. Little did I know, she was what I needed! So thirty-two years later, my phone displayed her number for the first time. It was obvious – God wanted her to make the first move back into my life. I’m not sure if an angel can rescue one of its own, but she saved me from my world of a near disaster. God wanted us to rescue each other.

Only KnowI never had the pleasure of meeting her mom but, somehow, I feel God calls me to complete her dying wish. Now sitting on the front stoop with her back facing me, I can read my wife’s thoughts as her head reverently bows before God. I hear her heart say, “Mom, I’m finally home… where peace and love lives, now and always. Thank you”.

Love finally brings not just us, but every memory she held on to, back together again. Staring across at the winter waves, we praise God. I sincerely thank her mom as a smile comes like the sun, seeping through the cold clouds. If she could only know….

Driven By Faith

Love…. and all that it implies

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In the anointing of early morn, I am greeted by the dawn. A chill remains in the variable breezes, as I look out across the effervescence of the inlet. It is God’s awesomeness that has brought us together. Reflecting as I sip on my first cup, life is full twists and curves. It is true that God does answer the prayers of His children.

Who would have known what plans God had for the two of us? I was destined to find my comfort somewhere on the shores of Oklahoma, and you had succumbed to the battlefields of Virginia. We would have never found our true love if it had not been for our heavenly Father’s divine intervention.

Through the pain and sorrow of past misjudgments, the suffering continued until one cold February morning. Our Father parted the storm clouds and granted us a pathway. It was as though He parted the waters just for us! A love story, driven by faith and blessed by prayers, was anointed by our Almighty. Like Robinson Crusoe, we were lost but not forgotten…. for God knew better.

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So our crusade began, like a baby learning to walk. We stumbled some, but our hearts remained vigilant to our promise. Remembering feelings from decades before, we can only imagine what God has in store for our journey now.

In the bright reflecting rays of a Floridian November, the sun heated up our paths. We joined hands and vowed our love for one another. We promised God our love to him as well, forever. The heavens are true and blue as the flowing oceans. We’ve come to our destination where dreams and reality can only make believers in the Lord’s miracles and blessings. Our hearts rejuvenated, God has and will continue to bless our anointed future. Saying our prayers and holding onto our hearts, faith in God is all we have. God is love!

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1 Timothy 1:5
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

Dancing On The Shoreline

….our spirits race to first place into the curve.


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There’s a hint of sunlight as the cumulus sky lingers from the night. There’s no noise, no life, just you and l walking on the shoreline. The sea foam remains but no terns are running through it. Frozen in time, it’s you and me. God is holding our hands just as He holds our hearts. As though we’re back to the beginning of time, there’s no one for as far as the eye can see. Even the ocean just lies on the beach for miles and miles. It looks like you could walk on it. It’s as if God is inviting us to participate, but our fears make us all the more human.

The sun majestically rises as though it’s on a honeymoon too, casting diamonds across the ripples of the waters. I let go of your hand and wrap my arm around your shoulder. I ask you, “Is this where God intended for us to be thirty years ago?” Little did we ever guess what our Father in heaven had planned for us. Taking a deep breath, you breathe in the smell of the ocean atmosphere. A chill resonates as it’s always the coolest right before dawn.

The earth now begins to come alive, just as at the beginning of time. First was the little critters dancing on the shoreline; the gulls and terns take turns chasing the sand crabs in the bubbles. Then, breaking through the diamond reflections, a pod of porpoise is hunting for breakfast too.

Survival of the fittest begins on this first day of marriage. God has truly blessed the world that lies in front of us. I couldn’t be happier! As blessings flow like the mountain springs never-ending, our hearts pour out in unison. We share the cherished memories of our younger years.

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The sun is now crawling out of bed. and cat paws prance on the water where we fear to tread. A spectacular day on tap – a little breeze, some autumn air, a little salt and a lounge chair to boot.

Thank you, dear Lord. Thank you for finally blessing our lives. Though our youthfulness may have wilted some, our spirits race to first place into the curve. So blessed to share the secrets of life with the world before us, our dreams of success are resonating like the morning sun. God bless those who wake and pray and join the birds dancing on the shoreline! What a gift! Our life now complete, the thrill of another day to do God’s work lies ahead. What an awesome blessing!!

I love you!

The Thoughts Of Love

…On This, The Eve Of Our Wedding

Dana and Anne


As I rest in the shade of this blustery day, my mind is full of moments and memories I want to make with you. I’ve been as far as the Orient, north to the Canadian shores, and south, almost to the equator yet I think of others that should have been you. But most all, I try to recollect the moment when I met you.

I fondly remember your soft touch and how you made me feel. As I looked into your beautiful eyes, I saw so much sadness. But your gracious smile seemed as though I handed you the world. A princess I never could have imagined….you wanted to appoint me to be your King for the rest of your life.

Not acutely aware of God’s predictions, I paid you little mind. I never knew God had sent me an Angel to rescue me from my blindness. So I trampled out into the world, leaving behind a gift from God. I just wouldn’t believe God had sent you to me.

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But as we parted ways in ’85, you obviously knew God had plans for us. Full of trials and situations, we’ve both struggled in life dealing with incompetent relationships. Sadly, now, I wish I knew then what I see now.

So today, in the wind, I cast my prayers with the hope it’s not too late for God to hear my thoughts and dreams that we share. You – my love, my everything, are the one who encourages me never to give up; expand my horizons, conquer unchartered world’s, and to take your hand and never let go. It is a love so deep that all who walked before, never added up to this marvelous princess that God has delivered to my door.

Tomorrow, my life is about to be complete. By making your world the other half of mine and two hearts in unison, we will set sail to faraway lands. I pray, right here to God, for our protection. May He anoint all our ventures. Our life, so perfect now….my only desire is to make you happy and to shower you with the love God has given me.

Now I know why, YOU, were supposed to happen years ago! But God has given us a second chance. We are so, so blessed! I love you my sweet princess….my angel from above. I just love you! There’s nothing more to say except…. God bless us tomorrow, our day, November 1, 2017. My heart is a bouquet that I want you to have for eternity as I will shower you with flowers forever.

Second Chances

I’ve stumbled through life only to find my gift at the end of my rainbow….


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I examine life and ask God if heaven is real. If it is, then is this hell on Earth? If so, then the Bible is the basic instructions before leaving earth. The pain that runs through my veins has crippled my youthfulness. The wrinkles of weariness exemplify my stature. The gray may look distinguished, but it came with a price. And gravity, for lack of a better word, has altered my posture. I’m overwhelmed with tears of hurt and disappointment which led me astray. Dead end promises of success and dreams of a better way, constantly crumbled before me. I’ve stumbled through life only to find my gift at the end of my rainbow.

I look into your hollow eyes as I see the emptiness of years we missed together. Again, I wish for days of grandeur as the lost yesteryears now bring us to our future. Like a scene from a love story, our romance has tied a knot after our paths, once again, crossed. God, the great director of directors, has won an academy award for seeing that two lonely hearts find one another, a thousand miles apart.

Trying to paint the final chapter, I look at a picture hook on an empty wall. Our hope is so vibrant and strength gleaming in vitality, it’s only for a scrapbook – that which held the love together. Gone forever, we once thought life was over.

James 1: 2
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds

Now in our prime, the years come to a close, but you hug me and kiss my promise. God has answered both of our hopes for eternal love. They will open the gates of heaven on Earth. Like a home cooked meal, I’m starved for your affection – that which produces spontaneous combustion of smiles and joy. Every morning is like waking on Christmas, just dying to see what Santa brought. Now the once empty eyes blossoms like a bouquet sitting on a window sill in the dead of winter, this second time around. Together as one, we have come to be as God anointed our path long before we found each other.

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Like a little kid, I send you love notes across your desk before I head off to work. And arriving home, on the garage door, I read a note from you and the parrots, “So glad you’re home, we missed you, love you .”

 

You see, youthfulness has no limit. The weary wrinkles mean we made it, and the gray stands for – we lived through it! As we grow old together, we now have thirty years to make up. Asking God to anoint our time on Earth, may we be the first to reach the heavens holding hands forever.

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I love you, forever.

 

Romans 8:28
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”