Proverbs 18:22 says, “The man that finds a wife finds a good thing; she is a blessing to him from the Lord.”
I wrote the following on Facebook this morning and I thought I would share it here also.
Once again I’m going to use Facebook to embarrass my lovely wife, and I know more than once I have been reminded, (as we all should be) that whatever you post on Facebook or anywhere else on the Internet, is the same as shouting it out on the street corner, gossiping at the local diner, on the jumbo-tron at the Super Bowl,Times Square, Tabloids, TMZ or wherever you get your news. I don’t care! I am who I am, take it or leave it. I’m alright with the big man upstairs and as long as I do right by HIM I’m ok. So if I want to use this platform to write love letters to my wife I will.
Yesterday, March 23rd was the 35th Anniversary of our first date, the day I fell in love. For the whole world to see I want to tell you how much I love you. You are such an amazing woman. To me there is no other as lovely as you are…inside and out. No one has your eyes, your laugh, your gentleness, your beautiful heart. There are moments when I catch myself saying WOW, that’s my wife. Those moments come in the most ordinary times…when your laughing with our family, spending time with our grandchildren, when you and I are together doing nothing at all. I’m still amazed that out of all the men in the world, I’m the one who gets to share life with you. After all this time, I still don’t know the reasons why God trusted me with one of His most amazing gifts..YOU. But I’ll be grateful every day for the rest of my life that He did.
I have always believed that we shouldn’t date to marry, we should marry so that we can date. And sweetie after 35 years, if you’ll still have me, I want to date you for the rest of my life.
Jesus says, ”The one who tries to save his life will certainly lose it; but the one who loses his life will be rewarded with a full and abundant life.”
There is no question that the more you love (put first) your wife the richer and more rewarding your own life will be. And life is full of opportunities to carry out this challenge. Don’t forget to keep dating your wife. It may seem like a trifle but little acts of selfless concern communicate far more effectively than almost anything else. Your wife’s welfare is in your hands. Provide real leadership. Not the bossy kind, but gentle illustrations of the fact that her well-being—physical, emotional, and spiritual—is a major concern in your life.
The term Love is over used these days. I love coffee, I love sports, etc. You like those things, you don’t really love them. Love is “placing the welfare of the other ahead of your own.” It’s the sacrifices you make of yourself for another. Men if you love your wife, truly love her, then date her. Date your wife all the days of your lives.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
In order to really focus on loving others, we have to constantly be aware of how much Jesus loves us by how He laid His life down for us on the cross.
Beautiful Lord, This world is full of hate and malice and sin. Men and women all over the world will turn on one another today. Lord, I pray that Your light will shine through me today as I encounter those on my journey. I want to show brotherly love to anyone I can. If You provide me the means, I will follow. If there is a person who is hungry, I will feed them. If there is someone who just needs a hug, I will hug them. If there is anything that I can do for Your glory to show brotherly love to someone, I pray that Your will be done. When people see me, I want them to see You, Father. I praise Your Name! Amen
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
Dear Gracious Father, I praise You for my family. Thank you for my spouse. Even in her weaknesses, I love her unconditionally. Thank you for my children and grandchildren. Every time I hear the pitter-patter of their feet across the house I smile. Joy overwhelms me Father! Be with my family today as they go their separate ways. Bring us all back home safely to each other I pray. Amen.