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Since my husband and I just celebrated 39 years of marriage last Friday, I wanted to show you some pictures.
One of the ladies that attended our church had a beautiful voice, and sang this song that Perry Como is going to sing for you now.
Please watch/listen to the video as you scroll through this post.
We were blessed when our son and daughter-in-love chose this song for their own wedding. I remembered what it meant to me, and I prayed as I heard it again, that the Lord would keep their love as strong as He had kept ours.
We had a very tiny budget for our wedding. I made my wedding dress and veil two weeks prior, and on the morning of the wedding, my maid of honor, Dori, and I were at the grocery store buying several gallons of Hawaiian Punch and ordering a cake that the bakery promised to have ready in an hour. I had my hair in those rollers you’ll see in the picture, and I was wearing a homemade granny dress. I can’t believe I did that!
My husband in 1969, just before we got engaged. Isn’t he handsome? Sigh…
This is me, rolling my hair on those big orange magnetic rollers on my wedding day…remember those?
Yes, my hair was dark…very dark! That’s my Irish heritage.
We didn’t have enough money to hire a professional photographer, so my hubby’s best friend took our wedding pictures with his 35mm camera. I could barely get a decent copy to post here today. The photos of me walking down the aisle, and the wedding party, the outside of the church, my parents, were so blurry, I couldn’t show them to you. I’m hoping there is a way to have them restored.
My husband’s oldest brother was, and still is, ornery. He took a lemon drop, put it in his mouth to make it sticky, and stuck it inside my wedding band before he handed it to the pastor. I was livid! This was the most important day of my life, and I wanted it to be spiritual and serious. I didn’t laugh. It took me years to get over it.
First kiss as Mr. and Mrs.
33 years later..while were on a cruise in the Caribbean.
And now 39 years and one week later, today…literally today, Saturday, my granddaughter took this picture of us.
My husband and I said the traditional wedding vows, but I also wrote this for him, as my personal commitment based on this beautiful passage of scripture.
MARRIAGE ACCORDING TO 1 CORINTHIANS 13
"...and now I will show you the most excellent way." (1 Cor. 12:31)
If I speak eloquently, with many words, to my mate, and I speak in my heavenly language continually to God, but have not love, I am only a repetitive nag and a harsh sound to his/her ears.
If God gifts to me vision and understanding, and reveals to me the mysteries of Heaven and earth, and if I believe in His word so strongly that I can move any obstacle from my life, but I do not love my mate as God does, I have lost my effect, my influence will be as nothing.
If I unselfishly give away my possessions to the needy, and sacrifice myself to Christian service, but love not my mate, I gain no reward.
Love means I am patient, waiting for God to change my mate's heart. Love means being thoughtful, tender and considerate of my mate's needs. It means I won't be envious of my mate's accomplishments and popularity; it means I won't gloat and exult myself when I am successful.
Love means I won't be impolite or curt with my mate, and I will not seek to make my life easier, but rather seek to lighten burdens for my mate. When I am angry, I will not allow Satan a foothold, but will take my tears and pain to God and petition for help in times of conflict, recognizing that troubled times are temporary and that God is the healer of our emotions; and I will quickly forgive my mates's shortcoming, holding no grudge in my heart.
Love means I will not gloat when my mate is wrong and I am right, or when my mate falls to temptation, pumping up my own righteousness, but I will rejoice when my mate finds strength in the Lord, when he/she lives according to the true Word of God.
Love means I will always defend my mate, never disclosing his/her fears to anyone, criticizing or belittling him/her, but will build up my mate's reputation to others and safeguard the private things of his/her heart. Love means I will have confidence in my mate and always presume the best from him/her. I will always hope for and anticipate God's blessings for our marriage, for our future, never holding onto past failures. I will continue to work at my marriage, laboring to fulfill the committment I made to my mate on our wedding day.
If we love each other as God loves us, we can be sure that His love will sustain us. All the gifts of God that are given us on this earth will one day be gone, and all of our days, with their trials and triumphs, will be gone; the only thing that will remain when perfection in Christ comes will be our love.
When I was single, I behaved in many childish ways, not having the responsibility upon me that comes with marriage. But when I became one with my mate in the sight of God, I became accountable to Him and to others to put away the thoughts and actions of my single days, to mature and behave as a capable and trustworthy adult, willingly taking on the care and concern for my mate.
I don't understand everything about my mate now, just as I don't have complete understanding of God; the mysteries cloud my ability to know it all; God designed it that way to test my faith, to depend on Him. But when I see the Lord face to face, He will open my eyes and I will see my mate and my own heart then as He does now.
All that will endure is my faith, my hope, and my love - and the greatest, most important gift I can give my mate and God is my devotion, my adoration...my love.
Our wedding took place in our little church, with our friends and family there to give us their blessings. We were married by our wonderful pastor, who had counseled us prior to the wedding, and believed in us. We believed in the words of that song then, and we believe in them now…”Because God made thee mine”. He has always been in the center of our marriage.
What is truly amazing to me is that Jesus is our Heavenly Bridegroom.
Revelation 19:7-9a [The Marriage Supper of the Lamb is the great Heavenly celebration of our marriage to Jesus.] Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 9a And he [the angel] saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
I’m sorry this post is so long…I usually try to keep them short, as I know there are many beautiful blogs to visit. Thanks so much for visiting me today!
God bless you, everyone!