Wednesday, July 11, 2012

20 Years of Gratefulness

I just finished posting this on Facebook...

The happiest of anniversaries to my dear and precious husband of 20 years. I am so very very grateful to our Savior for the laughter, love, patience, forgiveness, tears, and crazy wonderful mixed up life we have together. I would not trade it for the world. I love you, Mark Kessler!

It is hard to believe that it has been twenty years since we said our vows to each other. We, like many we knew at the time, wrote our own vows. These were mine...

Mark, I will always love you. I promise to make Jesus Christ the head of our lives, giving my heart to Him first, and then to you. I promise to make our home a warm place. A place of comfort, peace, and happiness. I pledge to respect you, honor you, encourage you and rejoice with you, through our sorrows and our joys, praising the Lord for all things. Though adversity will surely come, our love will never fail. I will hope with you, pray with you, worship with you, and above all will be one with you in the Lord Jesus Christ. I commit my life to you eternally, to cherish you from deep within me, and to be your best friend. Mark, in front of our Sovereign Lord, our loving families and friends, I pledge myself to your forever. I love you.

Reading this after so much time reveals to me how very much we have walked through, and how much the Lord has shown us in these 20 years--and how I have not always been the person I pledged to be! I am so very very grateful for mercy and forgiveness, for patience and love--and for laughter together. I cannot imagine walking this life without my best friend. I am so grateful for the time we have had, for the friend He gave me in my husband. I am so grateful for the gift of marriage and the incredible, beautiful, amazingly wonderful children He gave us through it. Wow--I am just so terribly grateful!

God is so gracious and I am humbled. Thank you Lord Jesus, for always being faithful, for never leaving or forsaking us. Thank you for being our Mighty God!

Happy Anniversary to my very best friend. I love you more than words will ever be able to express.

1 comment:

Charlotte said...

Your vows were beautiful!

You both are very dear to James and I, thank you for being such good friends.

Oh, and I loved Mark's glasses way back when....James had some exactly like it. :-)