Twenty-eight years ago today, it was VERY cold in Iowa! It was my wedding day and I will never forget how cold it was. I understand why some Iowans want to be married on the beach somewhere! It was a day that started off with a number of challenges besides the weather! None of them small. My dress wasn’t done, our rings had gotten lost in the mail (it was the Christmas season, you know!), my veil had not come in. Yes, it was a morning of tears and action that needed to be taken. Everyone supported us and dried my tears. We worked together to do what needed to be done -finding a dress, running errands, getting the ‘demo case’ rings etc. It was an exhausting day but obviously, a memorable one!
Those tests and trials of that day must have set the tone for our marriage as we have weathered a great deal of challenges over this 28 years, overcoming all the while. I am very grateful for the challenges, though, as God has used them to strengthen us and our commitment to one another as well as to Him. I think of Romans 8:28, “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose”. God has truly taken our lives and molded them, knitting us together for His purposes. I know that without His grace, or our commitment to Him and each other, we would not be here as a team today.
I am a woman honored and blessed to be Matt’s wife. He is truly a man that by his life makes a woman proud to stand beside him. He has great integrity, wisdom, and knowledge. He gives to others in secret ways. I often am the only one that is priviledged to see his heart of charity. He has taught me great, valuable lessons about living life. I am still learning some of them – living means taking risks and not always being in control. I have learned to ‘be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger’. Good advice summed up from the Proverbs. The list could go on but I must release all of us to our tasks of the day.
Thank you, Honey, for 28 very full years and for teaching me all that you have. Most of all, I thank you for loving me through the hard times or the times that I made hard or both. You have shown me the real definition of what God means when He talks about unconditional love. I know that you will not be moved. Thank you. I love you more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. I pray that I may always walk worthy of being your wife and bring glory unto your name.