September and October have been very active “anniversary” months for us! I mentioned before that on September 3, I celebrated blogging for five years.
On September 11, we celebrated two more anniversaries! Before 9/11 was a national day of mourning, it was a day of joy for me. In 1997, on a crisp, starlight evening, my husband got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! 🙂 I usually write a mushy post about it, but since we were away, you were all spared that bit of PDOA. (Public Display of Affection for those who may not know.) I am grateful to be married to a godly, hardworking, handsome man. He is my hero. Like every marriage, we have our moments when life is…hmmm, how do I put this? We have times when life is stressful. But, amazingly, he doesn’t leave me (though I would leave me if I were he) when things are rough. He hangs tough and is usually the one pulling me through. He isn’t perfect, but he’s pretty close. Years ago, he would buy me a single long-stemmed rose for our engagement anniversary. This year, he bought me a chocolate milkshake at Steak ‘n’ Shake! I love that place, and for some reason, the chain hasn’t made it this far South yet. Maybe someday. They have the best milkshakes!
It was yummy! 🙂
On September 11, 2005, my husband was called to pastor his first church in Burnet, Texas. I know! What a busy day for our family! It was a very exciting day to be called to pastor the Northside Baptist Church. It was a dream come true for my husband, and I have never been so happy or proud of him as I was that day. We love those people dearly and miss them still, some four years later. (If any of you from Burnet are reading, I miss you!)
We officially began our ministry there one month later, on October 11, 2005. Which brings me to yet another anniversary! This October 11, we celebrated seven years in the pastorate. We moved from Texas to our current church in Southwest Arkansas in May of 2008. It’s been an amazing ride being a pastor’s wife. I have seen God do great things in my life and teach me some valuable lessons. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been worth it.
I am grateful to the Lord for my husband and the ministry. I have no idea why He blessed me with a great man, or a place in full time Christian service, but I am happy that He did. I am not worthy, and I often fail in my roles as wife/mother/Pastor’s wife, but He loves me anyway.
The past fifteen years in my life and ministry have been a roller coaster ride! I read the following verse yesterday morning and I think it fits perfectly right here:
Notwithstanding, the LORD stood with me, and strengthened me… 2 Timothy 4:17.
I think those are some of the most beautiful words in the Bible! When man has failed me, when life has been unbearable, the LORD has been beside me. He has been, and still is, my strength and my stay.