A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." - Mignon McLaughlin
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Falling in love; what an amazing feeling. I just love telling the story of mine and Janice’s first date http://www.springsofpraise.com/Chapter5Excerpt.pdf ; Why? Because every time I tell it, it reminds me of that special time in my life when, after a season of heartbreak, God mended my broken heart, and boy oh boy, did The Great Physician do an amazing job. When I tell you I fell hard and fast; almost from our first date we were inseparable. But, we were not your typical young couple. I was raising two young sons on my own, and Janice a daughter. So, here we were me 26 and Janice 24 years old, with an immediate family. From the start we had struggles, mostly financial, because this was before we went to college, and although we both had jobs, neither paid very well. But we always came together and faced our struggles head on. Fortunately, those days are behind us, but I remember them often, because they are a reminder of what a great team we have always been. Our vows said for richer or poorer, and through every financial struggle we ever had, we came together and prayed our way through it. Even back in 2008, when I was laid off my job for 5 months, never once did Janice seem to get stressed or try to make me feel pressured to get another job. She knew I was trying my best, and she just prayed for me, kept me encouraged, because she knew God would not leave us in that place. It was a challenging time for sure, and we have faced many of those these last 26 years, but we learned a long time ago, if we face our struggles TOGETHER, there is nothing we cannot overcome.
Another reason I love to tell the story of our first date is, it reminds me of how amazing my wife is and how beautiful her heart is. I mean, how many women would come to the hospital, and have a first date with someone they just met a week before. I was a single father of two sons, sitting in a hospital room after having a stress attack; most women would have taken this easy out, and never looked back. But, Janice had empathy for me, and decided, instead of leaving me to recover on my own, she came to see how she could help; and there is no way to measure how much she helped me that week. She came and visited me EVERY afternoon after work; and each day I just fell more and more madly in love with her. And those feelings have not diminished one bit over the years. In fact, I would say I love her even more today than I did back then. They say there is nothing like young love, and it is amazing to be sure. But, the love I now have in my heart, accompanied with the 26 years of amazing moments we have experienced together, takes our love to a whole different level. There is a quote that says, "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." That seems to be true in our case, because I often find myself, just like this morning, once again feeling like that 26 year old young man, with more love in my heart than I know how to contain. May we never forget LOVE is not something we should ever take for granted, or just assume it will last forever. Love requires action; letting our loved one KNOW they are loved by the way we treat them, day in and day out. I did not have to buy Janice expensive jewelry or a box of chocolates on Valentines Day for her to know how much she means to me. I think me laying by her side, loving her back to health, the same way she did for me so many years ago, spoke my Love for her loud and clear. May we never forget, Love is also a commitment to one another; in good times or bad, in sickness and in health, til death do us part. Kinda amazing how our vows, are really nothing more than a picture of Love.
Have an amazing day my friends
From my heart to yours!