Happy Anniversary

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“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

I am celebrating my 24th wedding anniversary today. How time flies! It seems like just yesterday that Andy and I were saying "I do."

What do I enjoy the most from the past 24 years? Memories, Growth and Dreams.

Memories have a way of flooding your mind on an anniversary. Tough memories. Silly memories. Like our wedding day which was a comedy of errors. We had three pastors officiate our wedding. One of them decided to "go off script" and say a few inappropriate things, causing a day which should have been memorable, but became a day we don't speak of, and although we still have it, in 24 years we have not watched our wedding tape.

We have learned a lot. We have persevered. We have grown. We are blessed!

Growth is inevitable. You don't spend 28 years with a good man, 24 of them married, and not grow for the better. Of course we have had our ups and downs, miscarriages, a bad car accident, multiple moves with my job, but we've grown stronger because of these and more! We communicate better, we laugh together every day, and we love lavishly!

As you grow together you have dreams for your life. Our dreams revolved around the Lord, ministry and family. We anticipated many things for our life together, and watched time after time, God fulfill them. From small dreams around going back to school for a Doctor of Ministry degree, to large dreams like getting out of debt. Each step, our Lord was with us, guiding our steps.

Anniversaries are a beautiful combination of memories, growth, and dreams. Ours dates back to October 15, 1994, when we said, "I do" and committed ourselves to one another for life...having no idea what storms lay ahead or what joys would keep us together.

I am a grateful wife. May God be praised for marriage and the thrill of celebrating anniversaries with the love of my life.

Prayer: 
Lord, help us to remember when we first met, and the strong love that grew between us, to see the good within the other and find answers to our problems. Help us to say the kind and loving thing, and make us big enough to ask for forgiveness of the other. We put our marriage into Your hands. Amen.
Date: 
Oct 15 2018