Wednesday, August 3, 2011

THIRTY SEVEN YEARS ago today...


THIS IS THE DAY....I married a WONDERFUL man.

The young man who shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ on our first date!

The one who led me to the LORD!

How WONDERFUL it is to be married to the one who not only led you to the LORD...but loved you enough to marry you also!

I wasn't looking...But, the LORD knew the perfect day! We dated for a year before getting engaged. During that time, he discipled me faithfully in the WORD OF GOD.

I was 19 (so young) and he was 22.

Our wedding day was a dream to me. I remember when I arrived at the church...there was nothing set up. No flowers at all..and I had ordered flowers with streaming ribbon down the aisles. Oh, no...it's not going to happen. SIGH. (little did I know that Florist have a perfect system of "set up" and timing). I was so sure they forgot...

When the time came...I walked out to meet my Grandfather who was escorting me down the aisle...my eyes beheld the BEAUTY of my DREAM WEDDING! It was as beautiful as I had hoped...and there at the altar, awaited my other DREAM!

For this cause shall man leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Ephesians 5:31

Little did we know that day...the journey ahead. Such simple faith and love at the time. God had plans.

Our family began to grow with children...six of them. Over the course of years several different dogs... cats...hamsters...one rabbit....a guinea pig...and fish.

A couple adventures to the E.R., dentist(braces for one), NO broken bones (ever) I know a miracle!!...One hospital night with baby and fever.... Chickenpox... KIDS part of life.


My husband was always faithful, to lead our family in the ways of the LORD. Nightly devotions and prayers time. Our children would shed tears along with us over lost souls...those who were ill..and those who had needs greater than ours.

He would read stories to the children and make up things as he went along.."DAD..it doesn't say THAT!...Does it?" He would slip in one of their names and we'd all laugh.

Singing PRAISES to God around the piano or guitar as my daughters played for us.

The SPIRITUAL times as a family...are the most cherished.

Their high school graduations were special. Their accomplishments continued...two Marines...a multi-tasker mom of four and full of talent....a nurse/mom/Pastor's wife...another loving mom new) and dedicated worker with the Police Dept...and one with the LORD.

The military sent us across country where we raised our children and became active in our church. My husband attending the Bible Institute...and eventually becoming the Assistant Pastor of our church.

Another DREAM of mine fulfilled was being a TEACHER in our Christian School. I had always wanted to be a teacher...but marriage and the military changed my plans..but GOD had HIS!

NOW...thirty seven years later...we have almost 15 grandchildren (another on the way in January). (not all pictured here)




Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3

My husband took the Wednesday services tonight and preached on A GOOD MARRIAGE. I was so touched as he told of his love for me and GOD's hand in bringing us together and keeping us together. Both of us, have always desired the LORD's will in our lives.

In the midst of trials, sorrows ...the LORD has never failed us. His promises sure.

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4-5

THIS IS THE DAY...I thank the LORD for my blessed marriage...the center of it being the LORD JESUS CHRIST and for the faithfulness of my husband and friend.

HOPE

9 comments:

Pam--in America said...

Congratulations!! And thank you for the godly example you and your husband are to the rest of us. We love you!

Perspective said...

Happy Anniversary! 37 years is quite an accomplishment! What an amazing anniversary joy to be able to hear your husband preaching and speaking of his love for you!

Jessica said...

Congratulations! How wonderful a blessing to have a marriage blessed by the Lord. We will celebrate our 14th anniversary on the 16th. It is so amazing what God can do when he is at the center of a marriage!

Aliene said...

Congratulations! Loved the pictures.
May the Lord continue to bless you and may you have many more years to serve the Lord together.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful collection of grand-blessings! :D Congratulations for 37 years and a wonderful testimony to God's answered promises. I think your husband would be well qualified to speak on the subject of marriage! I'm so glad the church was decorated in time.
Deb

Penny said...

Happy Anniversary! May God bless you with many more!

Deborah said...

Sorry I'm so late stopping by...I can see you had a wonderful anniversary...and a wonderful marriage!
Beautiful grandkids! We have #14 & #15 coming in February.

Joy said...

Wonderful beyond words. What a first date! God surely sent him to be your life partner. My first wedding was Aug 9, 1975, so close to yours! Praise God you have stayed together and raised a family--yes, the Grands are one of the blessings for staying together. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! (sending streamers, balloons, confetti...)

sparkle100-havealook.blocgspot.com said...

I just Celebrated our 5oth. God is good. My daughter had open house for us. Hubby and I. Sept 16th. I should put up our pictures.

I got married at 19. Hubby is three years older then I.

We are born again Christians.
God Bless You Both. Congratulations.