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43 years

Today is my parent’s anniversary. In addition to being the most outstanding parents in the world, their marriage is one of the strongest, healthiest, best examples of a godly marriage that I have seen.

I’ve been thinking of all the things I’ve learned from their marriage, mostly from watching them, but also from their kind and encouraging advice. So following are four lessons I’ve learned from their marriage.

1. They invite God into their marriage, praying for and with each other daily.  It is a great example of, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.”  That simple act of praying for your spouse and–this one is important–with your spouse will smooth many rocky paths.

2.  They always treat one another with respect, both when talking with one another and when talking with others.  My parents do not always agree. They fight like any other couple. Well, not like any other couple. In 37 years, I have never heard my mother or father put down or insult one another. I’ve never heard them utter a negative word about each other to others.  They protect the honor and dignity of their spouse with as much care as they protect their own.   My parents do argue. They tease and poke (gentle) fun; they have disagreements, but under girding that is a deep and firm respect.
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3. They support one another’s dreams and goals.  My dad has been self-employed and was a small small business owner for most of their marriage.  It is not always the easiest or safest path to take, but has many rewards.  My mom has  always supported him and encouraged him in his endeavors and helped in every way she could.  Likewise, 27 years ago my mom started a crisis pregnancy center.  Since then she has been the director of that CPC and an advisor to other CPCs in Texas and Oklahoma.  My dad has backed her up 100% and has been the biggest supporter in all ways of my mom and her center.  It’s easier to achieve your dreams–it’s easier to dream at all–if you know someone believes in you and will help you reach your goals.

4. They enjoy each other’s company and seek it out.  Every Friday night is date night and has been for as long as I can remember.  They take road trips and spend hours talking and just being together.  They protect and nurture their marriage as much as they protect and nurture one another.

For all these things and so much more, I’m thankful for my parents.  Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad. I love you.

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