My Dearest Joe,
You are loved more than words can say. I want to thank you today for being not only husband, friend, companion, wonderful cook, the best of listeners, and man who tries to do his best, but the one I have the blessing of living with! You are someone who holds on to his dreams and aspirations, but most of all, you are a man who I can truly say loves God. There are so many stories I could tell about you, the man I love.. but for today I will have to leave some stories untold for another time!
In the depths of woman's being, is a desire more than anything, for a man who loves God and loves her. A man who knows how to "father" his wife is a wise man indeed. One who has the attributes of The Father is a treasure in life and should not be taken lightly. You are one such man. I am so grateful to God for you and so appreciative of all the things you do, but most of all for who you are.
This gift to you is the story of YOU from my point of view! There really isn't any order to how I wrote it, just thoughts that came to my mind as I started writing, so it may seem a bit mixed up, but I hope you get the gist of what I am trying to convey to you. You are a gift to me my friend. My heart is also that you would see how much of the Father's heart I believe you have not only for God, but for others. I know you have been feeling very down lately, but it is good to look at the good things when that happens.
We bring out the best in each other (sometimes the worst too! LOL) and I know I would not have survived these last few years if it had not been for you beside me, my love ... being patient, Fathering me and loving me, and never judging me for all the emotions I was going through from losing so many people in my life just before I met you.
Thank you for being there when the pain was so great of losing Bart, only you were able to reach down into my heart and touch me with life again, I will forever be grateful for that. You spoke tenderly to me and comforted me greatly .. just like a loving Father would do at such a time. You let me run from all I was trying to deal with in such losses and stayed close by as a safety net for me.
Here is a quote from an im I sent you when we were dating:
I thought you might find it fun to take a little walk down memory lane with me. I have known you now since December of 2005 when you came into my life a year after Bart's death. We have been through many difficult times together, and yet we have withstood insurmountable storms, and awesome sunshines haven't we? Many times we were going to part our ways, but somehow we overcame.
With God leading, He helps guide us through the storms
The first pictures we ever saw of each other on Christian Mingle. You said you liked my earrings.. "Yea right!!!!" But, even back then we had an interest in jewelry together .. Amazing! Who knew that we would be creating jewelry designs together?
But, you never let me totally fall in despair through all the time I have known you .. you watched over me and continue to do so. I could get so easily derailed in life.. thank you for keeping me on track~ What blessed qualities of the Father's love you have displayed in my life.
August 27, 2006
Donna: Lord.. how you work together divine connections.. it always amazes me.. thank you for the wonderful way you are putting together the ministry you have for Joe.. I don't know what it is .. but You will reveal it.
Donna: Joe's heart is so full blown on fire for you and your people, he even did sermons for youth on having a passion for God.. please Father, take care of all his concerns... and thank you for your direction for every step... precious Jesus.. please meet all of his spiritual, emotional, financial and physical needs with your agape love.. Let there be nothing missing. Be with him today in everything he does in Jesus name. Amen
Destined to bring the food- the bread of life/the word of God to those in a land of famine. For such a time as this. Highly favored of God, wearing the mantle of God's many colors.. the Promises of the Lord upon your shoulders.
|JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO|
You displayed the Peace of the Father
midnight Dec 31, 2005
A poem you sent to me June 6, 2009
A Poem for my Best Friend
All the way.
I am here to help you with your day.
I will hold you up,
When you are weak,
I will help you find what you seek.
Catching your tears,
When you cry.
Pulling you through when the tide is nigh.
Just being there,
Through thick and thin,
All just to say, you are my best friend
Kissed by God and You!
|JOE, THANK YOU...YOU KEEP THE WONDER ALIVE|
And you for sure have an entrepenural spirit .. one who strives for excellence and is always looking for how to improve in all areas
YOU PURSUED ME LIKE THE BRIDEGROOM PURSUES HIS BRIDE.. and even from our first conversation we were destined to be together.
In Kansas at JoAnn's Moms home
Seeing your love and the Father's love through you in so many ways captivated me totally.. my friend said to you while you were pursuing me.. "win her spirit and you will win her heart".. you won both!
Minnie/Donsie bride at Disney
You delight me that you are interested in learning and seeing new things and can appreciate fine art and culture too!
You also intoxicate me when we dance slow and romantic.. I feel safe and loved in your arms, my friend ... thank you for fanning the flames in our marriage.
You have a good sense of humor too!
Cape May/Delaware Ferry.. finally relaxing!
I also appreciate the fact that you really listen to me and know what I like and don't like.. such as oatmeal.. hahhaaha
and you do tolerate me and all my silly interests... You so display God's love when you long suffer with me!
Your desire to spread God's word to the nations causes my heart to sing such as wanting to put teachings on New Zealand Radio
Here are some pictures of us together:
Written for Joe in thanksgiving for his life
by ... Donsie