Saturday, August 8, 2009

BROTHERLY LOVE...

My Mr. AGPMan

At exactly 6:00am yesterday morning my Mr. AGPMan backed one of our vehicles out of our driveway bound and determined to make it to a little town outside of Nashville before nightfall. Packed to the ceiling and spilling out onto the roof, our trusty SUV held most every wood-working and home renovation tool my guy has ever owned. If his state-of-the-art table saw would have fit inside, well, I'm quite sure he would have opted to take it, too.

The eleven hour journey to the beautiful state of Tennessee is a trip my guy is making solely out of love. He's not taking a vacation and no one asked him to come. He's not being paid. He's making the trip purely to bless a brother. Not a brother, brother, mind you. Not that kind. But the "hubby of your wife's sister" kind of brother. Yes, that kind.

No, this trip is not for pleasure. It was planned with a single goal in mind...meant to accomplish only one thing. It's purpose is to renovate my sister's home in hopes of making it completely wheelchair accessible for her husband. After suffering a stroke 8 weeks ago at the age of 51, her hubby, Greg, is finally able to come home.

As I watched my Mr.AGPMan pack his small suitcase with only work clothes, blue jeans and thick white socks, I couldn't help but conclude to myself how very kind his heart is. Quietly kind. He doesn't brag or boast, complain or even waste time trying to measure the worth of his hard working, talented hands. He just presents them, palms up, believing, trusting, God to do the rest...

"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love"
Romans 12:10 NIV

"Love suffers long and is kind"
1 Corinthians 13:4 NKJV

Blessings to you as you, too, present your gifted hands, and become a willing servant of the Most High...Rebecca

45 comments:

Princess Of Pink said...

What a lovely tribute to a lovely man. I am sure your sis and bil love him for it as well. This kind of love is the best IMO, just the unselfish kind, no questions asked but given with love from the heart.

Hugs from Marian

Moments of Grace said...

Rebecca,
How truly blessed you are (but I'm sure you know that). A kind and generous man is a treasure indeed. I know that many blessings will return to you and your beloved for the sacrifices you make and for the love you give to all of us who have come to know you.
May our loving Saviour's richest blessings come to you today---and always.

In Grace,
marie

Holly said...

Our men sound very similar, Rebecca! God bless you! ♥

Cathrine said...

I am thankful for both of you and what you have done to make this happen. Thank you!
Cat

Faye said...

Oh Rebecca,I was just blessed reading your post! Such christian love, Hope you have a great Sunday! Blessings, Faye

DeeDee said...

What a lovely story...your a lucky lady...and I am sure his is equally as lucky...A great tribute of love...hard to find someone so unselfish in todays lands...what a blessing.

Anonymous said...

Rebecca dear....you have always shared stories of the kindness and goodness of your MrAGP guy, so it is no surprise to me he is going to help Faith and her husband in their time of need...what a special husband you have, he shares
so much of himself with others...
I hope your brother-in-law will begin his recovery and healing when he comes home...it will help him to be HOME.......
and have your sister's TLC.
Prayers and hope to them, and blessing to your dear Steve, and to you, too, my friend...you have gathered many hearts along your paths.....
Love you, Francy

blushing rose said...

Oh, Rebecca, how moving a writing. I don't know where I got it that DH was already gone ...

This is such a wonderful loving caring unselfish gesture of love that you both are giving to your sister & bil. I know you've said you 'hate' (time will flit by quickly) being alone but it will fill your heart with such joy knowing you & your Mr. AGPMan's selflessness & loving hearts are once again giving to another that needs a helping hand.

It is such great news that Greg will be able to come home soon.

Today is a better day, because of you both ... I am offering up prayers at Mass this morning.

Please tell your DH that he is a very special man. Thank you.

Hugs of love, TTFN ~Marydon

someplace in thyme said...

Amazingly beautiful, Char

Candy said...

What a wonderful example of being the hands of God. I pray everything goes smoothly, no injury to his hands, and continued prays for your sister and her man. May God fill the home with love, ease, and peace. It is things like this that puts life into proper perspective in a matter of seconds.
Blessings, Candy

Tanza said...

Aaahhh Sweet ~r~,
I'm soo touched, BUT,can I say, NOT at all surprised !! I KNOW your Mr. Wonderful, and HIS Loving,Giving heart..Now, this is an awesome Christaian, Christ-like man.. Not, even second guessing his choice on helping.. His heart was spoken to, and he headed off..TO SERVE.. an awesome testimony my sweet friend, an unselfish man, doing a selfless act.. To be a blessing to others..You will both be blessed back more than you will ever know..I will lift him in prayer, as we head off to church this morning..If only their were more Godly,serving men in our world..wouldn't it be such a wonderful place to be.. Love to you both sweet friends.. God is good and sooo faithful !! Talk to you soon..
To the moon ~
~tea~xo

Sharon said...

That's the sweetest, most loving thing! He's doing exactly what Christ calls us to do.

Hugs, Sharon

Miss Gracie's House said...

Just as God intended...serving your own family with the love of Christ. Blessings to all!
Rene'

June said...

Hi sweet Rebecca,
I am so moved by your poost today. Tears filled my eyes as I read of the love you have for this man. He is truely a treasure. I am not surprised by his heart, because a woman as gracious as you is bound to have a man equally so.
Hugs dear friend,
June

The French Bear said...

What a sweet thoughtful man, you are blessed, but then that's why you are together!!! You belong to each other, two sweet kind and caring souls!!!
Bless you,
Margaret B

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Rebecca,
How blessed you are to have a wonderful husband such as he. With his good attitude and willing to help like this a great blessing is coming his way..

Hugs-

Lee Laurie said...

One can feel the love that you have for your husband when reading this post about him and his caring heart for others. Y'all both seem perfect for each other. I know that your sister and BIL will be so thankful for his hard work. I hope that your BIL will continue to get better.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Rebecca, this brought tears to my eyes. God bless your sweet husband.

Ron is like this also...always willing to help and doesn't have to be asked or thanked.

Goodness, we are blessed among women. Thank you, Lord!

Love, Barb

Deanna said...

Blessings to you and your entire family.
This post makes me think how life has surprises and the challenges come.
Wonderful that your husband is helping to create an easier get around environment for your loved ones.
How very thoughtful, kind and loving.
d

Kathy said...

The sweetest of sweet men...xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

BECKY said...

Oh Rebecca, I just love how you wrote this post, and the admiration, love and respect that speak of your complete love for your hubby. What a wonderful thing for him to do, and what a wonderful wife to share it and edify her husband in such a loving way!

I'm so sorry to here about your brother-in-law's stroke. Please know that I have added he and your sister to my prayer journal and will pray for them both often.

It is a joy to get to know your heart, sweetie. You're a dear.
Love and hugs,
Becky

Susan @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Words cannot describe the kindness and generosity that is being bestowed. First of all I cannot even imagine an 11 hour drive. Your poor hubby will be so tired, physically anyway. His heart will be full though and you and your family will have the peace of mind knowing that there will be one less burden for this family.
Have a blessed week.

Mary H said...

~My dear Rebecca~~What a beautiful post as I read about your very gifted husband, Steve today, in many ways. You had mentioned to me earlier that this was a plan of his. I couldn't help thinking how excited he must feel to get there and get started. It always makes one feel wonderful to do God's work (helping others) and how eager he must feel to help someone and bring happiness into their lives with something he knew expertly how to do. Bless his gifted hands and his sweet heart. I know it was with "heavy" heart to see your sweet husband depart for his mission, but know that God is calling him to do this. Thank you for sharing this and may the Lord bless you too as he is away.
Additionally, I am so happy to hear your bro-in-law is getting better. He will be happy to be home. With love and hugs to you and your family, Mary H.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

May God bless him and the work of his hands :-)

THE HOME THAT LOVE BUILT said...

Hi Rebecca. This is such a good post. How very sweet of you to share this with others. It's a good reminder of how we should all be considerate of those who need a helping hand. You are both truly special.

Love, Brook

Connie from Big Bear Lake California said...

You have a wonderful husband. He sounds like my husband Greg. You are truely blessed when you have a husband as great as ours. Luv your blog. Connie

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Rebecca...You KNOW how much I love and admire you..and, of course, I knew you had a wonderful husband...but now he restores my faith in family love, values, and the just plain goodness of mankind!
Hugs to you for sharing with us!
We truly are fortunate women!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

P.S. Each time I come check on my blog and see the days ticking by...I cringe at my lack of posts...and then I remember...it is women out there that care and encourage and I am reassured that I need not worry...that you understand. God Bless!

pamperedgirl38 said...

Seems God has truly blessed with a wonderful man!! As I'am sure he is blessed with a wonderful wife also! Traci

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear Rebecca! What a sweet hubby you have. He is a jewel. I'm going to tell you this...every time I see your AGP, do you know what it reminds me of? God's Agape love! I see this in your dear husband and his unselfish act of helping his brother in law!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)
Oh, I'm laughing out loud at what you almost did to your little fuzzy face! :) Yep, darling, stick to painting and sewing! :)

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Very heartwarming! Truly a blessing!!
:)
~Becca~

bj said...

Such a sweet tribute to your honey. I have one just about like him and I thank the Lord every single day.
Thank you for coming by tonight. I love your visits...
xo bj

Charlene said...

What a precious jewel you have! Bless him in all he does. You are a lucky girl! Your Blog is beautiful.

The Nelsons said...

I am constantly AMAZED at how wonderful my mother and father in law are...such inspiring people.

This post makes me think of the sermon we heard this morning, and the question the pastor asked - what would Jesus look like as a man? Well, I believe with all my heart and soul that I am so FORTUNATE to have a pretty good idea of what He would look like!! My father in law is an inspiration to me - and the love that you two share still brings a tear to my eye.

I also count myself among the LUCKIEST OF THE LUCKY to have a husband with such a wonderful role-model, because he truly does try to be just like his daddy!!

Love you the MOST!!

Sares said...

Bless his heart. I'm happy to hear your brother-in-law is well enough o come home. I'm sure he'll be much more comfortable there, especially after your generous husband gets done.

Martha's Favorites said...

I just love to read your blog it is always full of such up lifting thoughts and says. Where do you get them all? They are so pretty. I needed a good and happy thought today and you gave it to me. Bless you, Martha

blushing rose said...

Oh, what a precious DDIL, Rebecca, this is a fantastic loving tribute to you & Steve.

We are ever so lucky ... Cathelene is the very best to us & we love her so.

Hope today brings you joy & it is only one day less before DH arrives back to you, my friend.

Hugs, TTFN ~Marydon

Vicki said...

Hi, Rebecca,
Your husband is a wonderful man. I can tell just by looking at his face he is a kind, caring man. How wonderful that he cares enough to help your sister ready her house for her husband's homecoming. Vicki

Jean Tuthill said...

Such a sweet, kind man you are married too. That is brotherly love in the best sense. I hope your brother-in-law makes a swift, full recovery. With all the prayers it is possible. Thanks for stopping by my blog and yes, there is a link to a Sweet Boutique. It is on the right side, below the blog archives. Hope you'll come back to see it.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Rebecca, Your AGP Man is an inspiration and what a blessing for him to give to others in such a wonderful way.
I hope your brother in law improves each and everyday. So glad to hear that he is coming home.

Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment upon my son's birthday.
Have a great week full of blessings. Safe travels for your hubby too.
Love, Celestina Marie

Linda said...

I had tears reading about your guy going to help out your brother in law's place after his stroke. He will be richly rewarded someday in heaven!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a beautiful post Rebecca! And what a wonderful guy you have, a true blessing! It is so nice to hear this story about a truly GOOD person doing something solely our of love!!

Hugs,
Amy

A Romantic Porch said...

This tribute touches my heart so much. Psalm 90:17 NKJV "And let the beauty of the lord our God be upon us, (Mr. AGP) and establish the work of our (Mr. AGP)hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands." Blessings to you sweet Rebecca. xo rachel

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh my eyes are all misty! What a wonderful man. My prayer is that God will bless his hands as he creates such a work of love. May your sisters husband make a complete recovery.

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

A true act of brotherly kindness & love your Mr. AGP is a very special man.....

Lyn xxx

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