Connection, Relationship and Worship



Despite the fact that we are newly married, my husband Chris and I are finding there are many things that are vying for our attention. It’s not that it’s even that it’s bad things…just the everyday ordinary things that need to be done.





But I’m finding in the midst of the busyness…while we are busy doing our respective things…I miss my husband. It’s so easy to feel like we are strangers passing in the night. Or to be more accurate…in the morning.





That feeling was a great reminder to both of us…that we need to make a concerted, purposeful concentrated effort to make sure that we put each other first. That we take those few minutes at the beginning of the day…to connect. Throughout the day…to stay in contact.





When we do that…those feelings of relationship are there. I don’t doubt that I’m important and loved by my husband. But when we let the little things creep in or let other people take precedence over our relationship with one another…that’s when the feelings of connection and relationship falter.





While working through busy demanding schedules that seem to have no let up…I was reminded at how similar this is to my relationship with God. When I let little things…that are of precious little consequence take priority over God…then I start to lose the feelings of relationship and connection. Doubts and insecurities creep in…and I know God less and less in a personal way. It’s then I’m vulnerable to believing the enemy’s lies. Lies about me…and about God. About who He is and His character.





While trying to get through a particular difficult day on Monday…I found that connection was restored with God when I shut out the world…and let myself fall into worship through music and praise. It was there that I was reminded about who God is…and how much He cares for me. That He is a mighty and powerful God…and that He is more than able to help me with whatever concerns me.





He’s even able to help my husband Chris and I figure out just how we can stay connected. How we can put each other first…even when facing pressing demands. After all…God is the One who created marriage and He is well able to help Chris and me to be the husband and wife that He desires.





It’s about relationship…it’s about staying connected. It’s about knowing the other person…it’s about valuing the other person so much that you put them first.

Hard Work

“Relationships are really hard work!” he said.
Indeed they are,
But I’m glad to be doing that work with you.

When we step back…we clearly see,
God’s hand in bringing us together.
It’s very evident…plain for all to see.

As perfectly as He fitted us for one another,
We are being challenged,
By some of the differences we see.

He is the Potter…we are the clay,
We are continually being remolded,
Made into what He would have us be.

He’s bringing together,
A man and a woman,
With personalities that had nearly 50 years to set.

That “bringing together” is bound to hurt.
But thankfully,
It’s with someone I trust and respect.

May I never cease to marvel,
Even be amazed,
At how God has brought us together.

May we trust Him!
Eagerly anticipate what He is going to do,
With two souls yielded to the skillful Potter’s hands.

By Susan Bunts
May 19, 2008

Dedicated to Chris Wachtel…the one I love.

Both Chris and I marvel at how God has brought us together. We shake our heads in amazement that it’s only been two and a half months since we started dating. God turbo charged our relationship through the sickness and death of my mother…just a little over a month into our relationship. God used those circumstances to reveal Chris’ character…his emotional and spiritual maturity.

I’ve been speculating and teasing Chris that one day we are going to have our first argument. He tells me I’m a worry wart and it will be fine. Recently we both concluded that relationships are very hard work. But even with the work….it’s worth it.

It’s quite interesting bringing two people together that have been alone for close to 50 years. There’s the men/women difference and the personality differences. But I’ve got to say…while challenging…it sure helps when the person that’s meeting those challenges with me is someone whom I respect and trust. It’s a whole different ball game when it’s with a man who love the Lord and seeks to do God’s will before his own. Now that’s not only someone I can trust…but love.

I’m not the only one who’s happy Chris has come along. My kitty Rudy…loves Chris and is certain God brought Chris just for him.

Hard Work

“Relationships are really hard work!” he said.
Indeed they are,
But I’m glad to be doing that work with you.

When we step back…we clearly see,
God’s hand in bringing us together.
It’s very evident…plain for all to see.

As perfectly as He fitted us for one another,
We are being challenged,
By some of the differences we see.

He is the Potter…we are the clay,
We are continually being remolded,
Made into what He would have us be.

He’s bringing together,
A man and a woman,
With personalities that had nearly 50 years to set.

That “bringing together” is bound to hurt.
But thankfully,
It’s with someone I trust and respect.

May I never cease to marvel,
Even be amazed,
At how God has brought us together.

May we trust Him!
Eagerly anticipate what He is going to do,
With two souls yielded to the skillful Potter’s hands.

By Susan Bunts
May 19, 2008

Dedicated to Chris Wachtel…the one I love.


Both Chris and I marvel at how God has brought us together. We shake our heads in amazement that it’s only been two and a half months since we started dating. God turbo charged our relationship through the sickness and death of my mother…just a little over a month into our relationship. God used those circumstances to reveal Chris’ character…his emotional and spiritual maturity.

I’ve been speculating and teasing Chris that one day we are going to have our first argument. He tells me I’m a worry wart and it will be fine. Recently we both concluded that relationships are very hard work. But even with the work….it’s worth it.

It’s quite interesting bringing two people together that have been alone for close to 50 years. There’s the men/women difference and the personality differences. But I’ve got to say…while challenging…it sure helps when the person that’s meeting those challenges with me is someone whom I respect and trust. It’s a whole different ball game when it’s with a man who love the Lord and seeks to do God’s will before his own. Now that’s not only someone I can trust…but love.

I’m not the only one who’s happy Chris has come along. My kitty Rudy…loves Chris and is certain God brought Chris just for him.