Wednesday, March 12, 2008

It's my anniversary!!

On this date, three years ago, God blessed me with a most wonderful friend, lover, and spiritual mate. It was a painful journey to this blessed marriage but well worth it. We have experienced so much together-I hope I can capture 50+ more years with him!! We are living proof of God's grace and how He can turn something bad (two failed marriages and divorce) into a work of His art. It reminded me of Psalm 31:7&8 "I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to my enemies but have set me in a safe place". Instead of living in the bitterness of what was before, we now live in the love, mercy, grace and forgiveness of Christ and in the blessings of a marriage only He could orchestrate. Gods love is so evident in our lives and we are so grateful to be serving Him together!

This weekend, my husband and I will run away to our favorite cabin in no-man's land for a little spiritual retreat and a little time of renewal for the love God has placed in our hearts for each other. This cabin is surrounded by tree's, an acre lake and is totally secluded. We will not only celebrate each other but we dedicate our time to celebrating Christ and what He has done in our life. Though there will be a lot of time appreciating each other, we will spend uninterrupted time worshiping, praying, and praising our God. If the weather is right, we will be soaking up His creation and breathing in the purities of our "Garden of Eve". It is our little taste of heaven and God is there. I can't wait to go! We won't take much-a change of clothes, our Bibles, and a book that will help us build our love relationship with Jesus. What more will we need?

I am honored to love and serve my husband. He is more of a man of integrity then he has ever been. I see God work in and through him and it gives me goose bumps! I watch God speak through Him at our youth meetings-I can tell when it's Joe speaking and when it's God-and I am humbled. I see a man being used by God and I am awed to be his helpmate. Joe tells me I compliment him, I pray that to always be true. Though God is his anchor, it is my prayer that I will be that object that steadies him as he journeys through life. I pray that I will forever meet Joe's needs and be his encourager. I see a man being called by God. He is being transformed for God's ministry and it is my prayer that I never get in the way but only support him to this calling.

A spiritual helpmate, a lover, a supporter, a wife, a mother and step-parent...this is my calling as Joe's wife. I pray God will give me the power and grace to be all these things, all the time, and to stand beside the man He has blessed me with.

Thank you Lord for such a wonderful husband and marriage. Use me and guide me in this marriage. Help me to always love Joe as You have ordained. You loved me and created me for this and it is in You only that I have learned how to truly love. I thank you for all the blessings You have given to us in this relationship, despite who we have been. I love You and I want to love You more. Help me to to also love and care for Joe as You meant when You created Eve for Adam. Guide Joe and I in this calling of service in ministry, and in our blended family-to be Your beacon of light in this dark world.

In Your graces~
Pamela

11 comments:

Yolanda said...

Pam:

That was an incredible pouring out of your heart and it speaks volumes to mine. The tears welled up my friend!

My husband and I are also a product of God taking what was meant for evil (poor poor choices for we married our sin) and truly turned it for HIS GOOD, HIS GLORY and HIS HONOR. What an incredible journey and I honestly pray several times through out the week, Father MAKE me, CAUSE me to be a Proverbs 31 woman as well as a Titus 2 woman. A woman sold out for YOU, that is walking in what You designed me to be for my awesome husband.

Lovingly,
Yolanda

Yolanda said...

Forgive me, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Anonymous said...

Pamela, I just read your posting and I too cried. I have never been so loved and honored. I don't deserve you....but God found it in His heart to bless me beyond my wildest dreams. You complete me as far as my earthly ministry is concerned. What support you give me and the calming influence you have on me is incredible. I find you so beautiful inside and out. I am SO in love with you. Your teary eyed and humbled husband. Happy Anniversay my love. Joe

Elaine said...

happy anniversary and thanks for the post on my blog!

Blessings.

Elaine

Lelia Chealey said...

Okay, you all made me cry!! Enjoy eachother this weekend and always my friend!
I hope that God takes the 2of you somewhere He's never taken you before in your relationship with Him both as a couple and individually.
Have a blast and happy be-lated anniversary!
In Him,
Lelia

Lelia Chealey said...

oh, and to answer your question on my blog about my Baby Girl's name...
Amiyah Elizabeth

Pronounced Uh my uh

Thanks for your prayers. :)

Storm said...

Happy anniversary.

Rob & Shelby said...

We were talking the Tuesday night that it was close to your anniversary. It is hard to believe that 3 years have flown by!! God is good! My good intentions were to email you Wednesday, but as you can see that did not happen. Forgive me and let me wish you a Happy Belated Anniverary. I am so thankful that you are both so loved and in love! May you continue always in His love and grace! You are in our prayers! We love you both!!!

Lizerd said...

Beautiful post, beautiful love, and beautiful anniversary to you and your man!

Trish said...

I have a hard time remember dates forgive your Mom. I am so proud of you. Glad you and Joe are mine. You are a joy to me. I love you both. Wish we were not so far apart would love to see and communicate so much more and with our Lord

Annette said...

I love your post! My husband and I celebrated our 8th anniversary on March 11. We too had been through failed marriages and divorce, so I can identify with what you are saying. What a complete blessing he is to me! I hope to write about that soon...after catching up from Spring Break...