The Bible says "He who finds a wife finds a good thing." I've been blessed by my "Good Thing" for the past 36 years. As a matter of fact, today is our 36th anniversary. Connie and I know that no one is perfect. However, what ever God blesses, ordains, or gives has a supernatural "divine" element to it. We both can look back and see the hand of God on our marriage. It started out without His hand. And when our marriage almost derailed at 4 and a half years, we turned our lives (and our marriage) over to Him. From that very point in the late 70's God was involved in our marriage, and it has been wonderful.
The first thing (and one of the most important things) I learned about marriage was that it was created and instituted by God! God intends for a man to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. When a man (and a woman) do this...God blesses the marriage! When problems and simple challenges arise along the way, we should take our marriage to God for repairs. Why? Because He created and instituted marriage. When my car needs some professional attention I don't take it to Radio Shack. Why? Because they didn't create my car!
The greatest joy of my life (outside from my relationship with Christ) is the relationship with Connie. Connie is my gift. I tell God daily that I understand Connie is my gift from Him. And I thank God daily for the incredible gift of my wife. God has given me my wife as my soul mate, my life partner, and my companion. We take on life together. Together we tread through the thick and glide through the thin. Nothing we encounter individually is excluded from tackling it jointly! Connie is part of me, and I am a part of her. Jesus said "The two shall be come one flesh".
On this day in which we celebrate our 36th anniversary I say again..."Thank you Jesus for saving my marriage and my family years back. Thank you for blessing our marriage. Thank you for the wonderful gift of the Good Thing from you. You have made it possible and we owe it all to you!" I say to my wonderful bride, "Thank you for loving me the way you do! I you know who and how I am! You are truly anointed with God's awesome grace to love me the way you do. Thank you for sharing your life with me and sharing in my life. You are truly the Woman of my dreams, the Joy of my heart, and the Love of my life!"
Give God your marriage. Live for Him. Do what He says and enjoy the divine blessings of God in and on your marriage. He made marriage. Give it over to Him if you have not already.
And finally, to the love of my life...Connie, Happy Anniversary Darling, I love you so much!