Friday, May 20, 2011

Celebrating Marriage!

Song of Solomon 8:6
…Love burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame.

Tomorrow is our 34th wedding anniversary.  It’s hard to believe it has been that long since Jerry and I walked down the aisle.  We were married in Raleigh, NC, on an unusually hot day for May.  The church was extremely crowded. 

We made a decision to include singing to worship music, and people greeted one another just as we did in our church services.  Our desire was to see the presence of God in our midst, and He was definitely there.   It was that day that my aunt came to know the Lord. 

Now our desire is to have the presence of God in our home.  He has always been number one in our lives.  It is the Lord who teaches us how to be in a relationship with each other.  I’m grateful God brought us together, and I don’t want to take Jerry for granted.

Allow me to brag on him a little.  Jerry has always loved me sacrificially, putting my needs above his own.    He is warm, friendly and most of all an encourager to everyone he meets.  He puts the fun in my life, as I’m the serious one.  He’s my best friend, and we love to spend time together. 

My love for Jerry has grown through the years.  Our marriage is not perfect.  Just like everyone else, we have our ups and downs, but we have stayed committed to each other through it all. 

In today’s world, it’s difficult to keep a relationship sizzling.  In many cases, busy schedules have caused distance instead of intimacy.  Jerry and I have learned we must be deliberate to stay connected.

This weekend we are dedicating to each other.  No yard work, no cleaning or cooking, no business as usual.  We intend to focus on each other, do some fun things and maybe even take a little stroll down memory lane. 

If you are married, let me challenge you to keep your own flame burning.  Never take your spouse for granted, and create an atmosphere of passion in your home!

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