Twenty-six years of marriage! Set off the fireworks: some sparklers, Roman candles, poppers and snaps, ground spinners!
According to statistics on children of divorce, I should be a mess: addicted to drugs, a college drop-out, and divorced, too. My brother and I should be shorter than our projected heights, also, according to another source(I will update my sources once I unpack them from our move).
Sadly, statistics don’t include the God-Factor! It’s such a shame that God is barred from schools. Someone who grew up in the same denomination I did once claimed he grew up in a “dead church.” His parents weren’t divorced. As a result, he wasn’t compelled to call out to God for help. Maybe when you don’t need God, you don’t realize how alive He is.
However, my parents were divorced. At school, we had Bible class daily, attended a weekly service, and were allowed to pray in the sanctuary during recess. When you are little, confused, and hurting, God is a big protector. I cried out. He answered. God never fails.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”(Jeremiah 29:11)
How many children and teens are confused, hurting, and stressed–they don’t know God, they don’t know He protects, that He offers a way out of their dysfunction? When God stands with you, you don’t become a statistic!
I’ve mentioned in a “What Do I Think about Her” about praying for God to show me the man I was to marry. When God provides, He provides the best!
“Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”(Matt 9:29)
My husband is definitely the Elkanah to the Hannah I so want to be. I just want to share with you the top-ten reasons why I so adore my husband as much or more than I did 26 years ago:
1)He loves me unconditionally!
2)Five children later, quite a few pounds later, he still thinks I’m beautiful!
3)He encourages my dreams!
4)He’s so dog-gone wise. I wish I could carry him around in my pocket and pull him out when I need a really wise response!
5)He is strong!
6)He is an awesome father to his sons!
7)He is calm in the face of adversity
8)He is impressed with my dog-with-a-bone attitude about problem solving whether it is with my boys or trying to get Wal-Mart and Kroger to cover Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazines. I don’t think my boys should read verbal porn in the check-out aisle.
9)He is a Faith man who loves God
10)He has such a boyish sense of humor that brings such joy to my day!
11)I still love his ankles!–Yes, I said that! I think love includes all that is noble in a person but include eclectic elements that add appeal to the entire package.
I love that he loves his mama and respects his dad. I love that one of his favorite books is one I gave him years ago, The Oxford English Edition of Classic Ghost Stories. I am amazed that he still loves me when we argue!
I love that my happiness doesn’t depend on him. It is not his job to fetch and carry buckets of happiness to me, filling me like an insatiable flower pot, demanding servitude. You wouldn’t expect your girl BFF to do that. I’d be pretty miserable if I relied on someone else to keep me happy. My happiness depends on God. That sure takes a lot of pressure off our relationship and creates healthy expectations in our relationship.
I love that I will grow old with him.
When God answers prayers, He blesses abundantly! I am looking forward to another 53+ years with My Knight in Shining Armor!