Yesterday, my Beloved and I celebrated 19 years of marriage. WOW!
He took me out to dinner and we had a meeting of the minds about the coming school year and our goals for each of our children, mostly the older two. I know, you’re wondering what were we thinking? You go out alone once a year and you talked about your kids? Well, yes. I really look forward to this time of planning and strategizing. And to me, it seems like the most natural thing to do to want to talk about your kids. Isn’t it?
I mean, we talked about other things, too, of course. We were gone for 2-1/2 hours. We also went for a walk along the river and watched the jet boats come in from their tours. It was really nice.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years already. I have to say that we have a pretty good partnership. We are truly each others best friend and we share common ideas and goals. But everything hasn’t always been peachy and marriage takes a lot of work and a lot of sacrifice. So, really, what is our secret to a happy marriage of 19 years?
It is simply this: our faith in God.
Everyone has ups and downs in life and in marriage. But the one constant is this: God has brought us together. He is our center. And, divorce has never been an option.
Marriage isn’t hearts and flowers for 50 years. There are days when you may not even like each other very much. But it isn’t about how we feel, it’s about commitment. When you enter into the marriage contract knowing divorce is not an option, you put your shoulders into it and you stick together. You sacrifice and you put the other person first. Love that is selfless like that can only come from God. It sure isn’t coming from my natural sin nature!
A marriage takes three. Husband, wife and God. He’s the glue that keeps us together.
Happy Anniversary, Babe! Hawaii next year, eh?