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Thursday, June 17, 2010

20 years ago today......

Today is our 20th. anniversary.

This is when we first saw each other after this last deployment of 9 months.

I never thought we would be here. We got married for all the wrong reasons but WOW , did God have a plan. I was way too young or should I say immature at the time. I often say that Our girls ages (18) and (15) are more mature now than I was when we got married and it's true. Neither of us knew and walked with Jesus and it was just doomed to fail. We have had MANY rough days but the good ones seem to far outweigh the bad.

Our marriage has been a growing process, much like our walk with the Lord. As we have grown in Him, we have grown together. We both got saved when Katherine was a baby but we weren't really growing in Christ. We went to church every time the door opened but never really cracked a Bible to study and read for ourselves. Then we were shown, basically the folly of our ways, and began truly walking with the Lord, reading His word, meditating, studying, and memorizing. Wow, what a difference those simple little things can make.

Even then, I had a long road to go. I needed to truly understand the word submission. Eph. 5:22-24 Having been raised by a very strong willed, independent, single, mother, submission is not a word I was ever taught. HaHa In time though, God can change your heart and show you a better way. About 5 yrs. ago I read the book Created to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl and it was life changing for me and I think Ronnie would say him too. I saw all of the many ways I was still trying to be the head of our family, even though I would have previously thought I had this submission thing down. Things run much more smoothly around here now.:)

Today, we have a pretty great marriage and family and Lord willing, we will have at least 20 more years together. I am extremely thankful that God took something that we didn't necessarily mean for good and turned it into something really good. Romans 8:28

Ronnie is in Hattiesburg for summer camp. However, he has managed to work it out that he is going to sweep me away for the evening. I have no idea what he has planned. He just told me to pack a bag. If you know Ronnie, than you know this is not typical. He and the girls have been back and forth on the phone and there is no telling what is going but no matter what it is, it will be special.

Have a great day!!

22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.~~ Ephesians 5:22-24

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.~~ Romans 8:28


Greg and Donna said...

I hope you have a blessed anniversary together. And many more years with each other!

Tancy said...

I just found you blog while blog hopping! I love it! Congratulations on making it 20 years! We are in our 7th and have had a good start.

Cinnamon said...

What a blessing! This could have been my story too and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl. Have you read her other book Preparing to be His Helpmeet? Soooo good as well.

Can't wait to hear what a fun time you had with you knight in shining armor :-)


PatinTenn said...

Oh how sweet !! Congratulations on 20 yrs. God is the key, the answer , the way.....to a beautiful marriage.

Thanks for sharing and please let us know where he takes you for the night.


Karen Deborah said...

Beautiful post and have a wonderful anniversary. Nice to meet you fellow Mississipian!

Hannah said...

What a beautiful marital testimony you have! Happy Anniversary adn thanks for stopping by Cultivating Home!

Sean and Lisa said...

Isn't God good?! Happy, happy Anniversary!!!

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Looking forward to reading more on your family!
Much Love!