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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

The Other Woman

Mike and I have enjoyed this week at the beach. It was a surprise for me for our 30th anniversary and was to be for four days. Tuesday he decided to surprise me saying we would stay Wednesday night also. Yesterday afternoon he asked if the room would be available for Thursday night. When they said yes he called the other woman.

We have had a great time here at the beach, pool and walking to our favorite restaurants. It has been very relaxing. Several times a day Mike mentions how much Mom and Dad would love this. Mom and I go to the beach together but have not been this year! Mike knows how much the beach means to her. Walking long distances or in deep sand is hard for Mom and Mike always keeps that in mind.

So when Mike hung up with Mom he told me he would be going home Thursday night and Mom would be coming this morning til Friday late afternoon! My daughter, Ivey, brought her this morning ready for our girl party. Mike will join us this afternoon in the sun and then take us out tonight. He has already planned to take her to her favorite places on the beach.

I am so thankful that Mike loves my mother like his own. He calls her most every day to check on her and usually calls and asks if she is eating with us. If I say no, he says, "why?" Sometimes he calls her to see if he can talk her into it. He has always said my parents were his parents. I hope my future son-in-laws love me like that!

Mike and Dad were very close and had lots in common. On Dad's deathbed Mike promised he would take care of "his girls." Mike takes this very serious. Mom always argues with Mike about "paying her own way." Mike always tells her it is Biblical to take care of widows. 1 Timothy 5: 3, "Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her.  But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God." 1 Timothy 5: 8 "But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers."

I think God has compassion and concern for widows. Women who are suddenly alone after having constant companionship for many years with someone they love so much. Since He is our Comforter it makes sense that He would give us these Scriptures.

God said David was "a man after God's own heart." David was the son-in-law of King Saul. Saul was a terrible king. God had removed favor from him but still allowed him to rule for the next 40 years. David trusted God and knew God had a plan and a purpose for what he was doing. Because David understood it was God's work he respected Saul. Even after Saul had lied to him, turned others against him, tried to kill him and even gave his wife Michal to another man! That is a bad in law!

John 19: 25-27, "Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, 'Woman, here is your son,'  and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.' From that time on, this disciple took her into his home." Even from the cross Jesus Christ was having compassion for his mother and wanting someone to take care of her.

We should strive to be "people after God's own heart."


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