My name is Kimberly Fulgham. I have been married for 15 years to my amazing husband, Shannon. We have three children Hunter, Makayla, and Ava. I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ, although, that hasn’t always been the case. Let me insert an * here that I have been saved since I was seven, but not a true follower until recent years. I have a degree in Social Work, but have stayed at home with our kids since 2007. We spent six years traveling the country in an RV. I home schooled the kids as we made incredible memories. We settled back down in Mississippi March of 2014. It has been nice to actually have a place to call home. Although, cleaning in an RV is much less time consuming than a house! It has been a transition into “normal” life. We have a lot of fun and love to praise Jesus! My life scripture is this: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3). I look forward to “doing life” with each and every one of my sisters in Christ.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud” 1 (Corinthians 13:4)
Let’s just look at the beginning of this scripture, “Love is patient.” I know, this scripture is always used when the topic of conversation is love, but I want you to see how important I believe this scripture is in your marriage.
I remember very vividly the day that my deepest, darkest, sin was exposed. My husband had confronted me with enormous disappointment. I could see the pain in his eyes and I will never forget it.
We talked for hours about what had happened, how it happened, and where to go from there. It was the hardest conversation that either one of us had ever experienced. By the end of the conversation he gently put his hand under my chin, lifted my shameful head, and said, “I hate what you did to us. I hate what you did to our family. But I still love you and I forgive you.” So much love came pouring out of his heart in that moment. There is only one explanation for his ability to forgive me and it was through the work of the Holy Spirit. As he lifted my head, I truly felt the hands of Jesus on my chin. I can’t begin to explain the emotions that flowed out of both of us that day, but it was the moment that changed everything for me.
My husband has been very patient with me. We learned that it wasn’t enough for God to be in our marriage. He had to be at the center of it. Marriage is the relationship that I believe God uses to show us His love for us. However, the love that begins a marriage must remain patient as God works through two imperfect people to ultimately glorify His name.
As you go about your week, use this time to reflect on your responsibility in your marriage. Are you treating your spouse the way that Jesus would? Are you being patient with them? Remember that love is not just a feeling, it is an action that you patiently give.
Loving in action,
To read more from Kimberly, go to her website https://www.authenticwomen.org/