I know you may not get to read this on my blog...since you have just moved to Westfield, IN., but I want to wish y'all a VERY HAPPY 46th wedding anniversary! Wow! That is Great that y'all are celebrating that many years together. In a day and age where COMMITMENT...FOR Marriage, (Shacking up is the "norm" now =( and COMMITMENT...IN Marriage is not found too often, it is even more SPECIAL that y'all have been FAITHFUL TO EACH OTHER, TO YOUR VOWS, AND TO GOD for 46 years!
Though Phillip and I have only been married for 12 years, I know by now that MARRIAGE IS WORK! Of course Marriage is wonderful, fun, awesome, etc. when one has a Godly mate, but one has to WORK at:
1. Not dwelling on the faults of your mate,
2. Remembering your own faults that your mate has to put up with in you,
3. Not trying to change your mate,
4. DWELLING ON THE GOOD QUALITIES OF YOUR MATE,
5. And staying in Love with your MATE and GOD too! Just like serving God...Love in marriage is a CHOICE...not just an emotion!
For our wedding, my good friend Kimberly got us a neat wedding calender that is called, "Love for a Lifetime" by Dr. James Dobson. I love it, because each day I read either a Scripture, a neat saying, or a CHALLANGE about marriage. The one for today was, "Guard your relationship against erosion as if you were protecting your very lives." AMEN!
I have just been thinking about how much satan does NOT want HAPPY marriages, and HAPPY Christian Families and Homes! That makes me MAD at satan, and makes me want to stay on my knees in prayer, be the BEST WIFE AND MOMMY I can be, and determine to celebrate 50 years...PLUS of Marriage with the one that CHOSE ME OVER ANY OTHER LADY IN THE WORLD!! =) ~Daddy and Moma with their 15 precious GRANDchildren!~
Thank you Daddy and Moma for your wonderful example to us. Loving, Forgiving, Asking Forgiveness, Giving, Taking, Praying, Kissing, Hugging, and Staying in Love for 46 wonderful years. I know that it's not always been easy...there have been times when y'all were raising we 4 kids on $25.00 a MONTH...if you even got that, but because your Faith was in God...He brought you through, and those times showed we children how to have Faith in God too! Thank you for loving each other, putting each other first...and making God the HEAD of your Home! Thank you Moma for being a wonderful, loving, submissive, Prov. 31 Wife! Thank you Daddy for being a caring, Godly leader of our home, and trying to love Moma as Christ loves the church! We love y'all both and hope that you have a WONDERFUL day...in the midst of your boxes that need unpacked! =)