July 23, 1982
"My beloved is mine, and I am his." - Song of Solomon 2:16
On this day 30 years ago, I married my best friend. We were high school sweet hearts and only 16 years old, so we got very little support from family and friends. Some people even predicted we'd be divorced by our first anniversary.
We knew it wouldn't be easy. We were young, but we were also determined. So from day one, we committed ourselves and our future to the Lord.
Has it always been easy? No, not always.... especially in the early days. When 2 sinners get married and live together under one roof, there are sure to be arguments, disagreements, etc., not to mention the typical problems that happen on a day-to-day basis. But the word "divorce" has never been in our vocabulary. We knew that we were married for life. (Matthew 19:6)
We have been through alot together. Some of the milestones we have shared..
We have rejoiced at the births of 7 children.
We have also known the pain of one of our babies being born into Heaven.
We have moved 10 times! Wow!
We have cried as we said good-bye to our firstborn as he left home to join the Navy and become a submariner.
We have been through a cancer battle (my hubby had skin cancer).
We have been through loss of employment.
We have grieved at the sudden Homecall of our beloved father.
We have experienced the indescribable joy of our children coming to know the Lord Jesus.
We have cried as we gave away our oldest daughter in marriage.
We have rejoiced at the births of our grandchildren, and will rejoice yet again next month when our 4th grandbaby makes her entrance into this world.
No, it has not always been easy. But hubby and I believe that it does get easier with each year of marriage. We have learned to give more and take less.
After 30 years, we practically know what the other is thinking. For goodness sake, we can't even play Scattergories anymore without writing down the same answers! :)
Through all the trials, tears, joys, and sorrows, the Lord has been faithful. And He has made our marriage strong and secure. When we see some of our former classmates, they are shocked that we are still married - and happily married at that. And that gives us a wonderful opportunity to share what the Lord has done in our lives.
I look forward to many more years with this man the Lord has given me. No matter lies ahead for us, I have complete confidence in the One who will see us through it.
"Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments."
- Deuteronomy 6:9
Hope you have a blessed day, friends!
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