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Today would have been Jim’s and my 45th wedding anniversary.  Happy memories of our life together help diminish the pain of missing him.

  • Our wedding day ….
  • The birth of our first child, then the second, then the third…..
  • Happy times as a family……
  • A son and daughter-in-law and six grandchildren added to the family…..
  • Ministry together in four countries on three continents…..

The memories are endless.Image

Without a doubt, my greatest memory is of a husband who loved me unconditionally and sacrificially ― who showed me his Christ-like love in countless ways.

This truth was confirmed in my heart when one of Jim’s former seminary students shared his memories of my husband.   In one particular class session, he told me,  Jim had taught the Bible’s instruction regarding the love a husband should have for his wife:  “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).

With tears in his eyes, recounted Jim’s alumnus, Jim shared his heart: “If anyone hurts my wife, they hurt me.”

I thank God for giving me a husband who loved me just as He instructs in His Holy Word.  I can enjoy happy memories because he applied God’s principles to his life.

Today I celebrate 43 years of memories shared with a man who lived the truths he taught.  Happy Anniversary, my Love.

Question: Do we know and apply God’s principles to our lives?  Do we live them in our family relationships?

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