In a few days I will have been married to a man who said ‘I do’ and has meant it for 33 years.
These days it’s hard to find someone committed for 33 minutes let alone years. But this man has stuck by my side through the good, the bad, and the ugly.
It all began with a promise. We both made the decision to give our hearts to God first and He promised us:
To be with us always – to give us wisdom – to carry out His plans for us – to be our strength – to be our joy, to be our peace, to be our help…and to give us eternity.
We haven’t always cooperated perfectly with these promises. But even “if we are faithless, He will remain faithful” (2Timothy 2:13a) Two imperfect people plus one perfect God equals a marriage of a lifetime.
What if we looked on our wife/husband with eyes like the ones Jesus looks on us with? Eyes of compassion, of tender love, of mercy, of grace. I think we would see the inside of us – vulnerable, childlike, wanting approval, fearful, desperately desiring a love that isn’t based on our perfection but that totally accepts our imperfection – yet won’t let us stay there.
That is Christ’s love for us. So deep yet so knowing. Strong enough to take us as we are, wise enough to grow us beyond where we are.
The world we live in, satan in his conniving, and us in our selfish selves cannot be faithful – and we often don’t keep our promises. There is One who does: “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” (2Thessalonians 3:3 NIV)
This marriage of 33 anniversaries has been full – full of heartaches and crazy joy, full of uplifting words and sometimes cutting words, full of children and now full in the empty nest. With God’s help we will promise to make more memories together, to be so full of God that we can overflow to others, and to always be ready to be filled by a God whose bounty knows no limits.
May we til death us part always say that we will “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NIV)
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Congratulations. Hope and forgiveness go hand-in-hand. Mike and I will mark our 43rd anniversary on Dec. 15.
Congratulations to you two 🙂 Yes, hope and forgiveness – mercy and gratitude…
God bless the two of you. Inspiring post! I am honored to have 23 years with an adoring husband through thick and thin. We hope and pray for many more years to come.
Shelby, thank you for the blessings, I join you in praying that you and your sweet hubby have many more years of memory making and holding hands.
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Happy anniversary to you! Our 46th is Monday! Continue to appreciate your writing.
Paris Renae posted: ” In a few days I will have been married to a man who said ‘I do’ and has meant it for 33 years. These days it’s hard to find someone committed for 33 minutes let alone years. But this man has stuck by my side through the good, the bad, and the ugly”
Congratulations – you are only four years from the big one 🙂 Thank you for reading and your encouraging words. Blessings as you hold hands throughout the coming years…
“Two imperfect people plus one perfect God equals the marriage of a lifetime.” Thank you for this encouragement. Your writing always inspires me. Congratulations on 33 years with love and blessings!
Renee – can’t help but think God wanted us to meet in this writing adventure. Your encouragement means so much to me. Blessings as you walk through the teenage parenting years with your hubby…
Donna, counting it all J.O.Y.