It all began when I met this young lady from Hattiesburg some 53 years ago.
It was a blind date set up by one of her friends. She, Linda, was reluctant to go and had her daddy known that I was in the Air Force, he probably would not have allowed the date. I thank God every day he did not know until later because 50 years ago from this past August 22, we celebrated 50 years of marriage.
From the night we were married and entered our hotel room as newlyweds, the first order of business for us was to get on our knees and ask Jesus to be the head of our household and guide us through life.
Not once has He ever let us down.
We had planned to have four children and the Lord blessed us immensely. Not only has he given us God-fearing, God-loving children, he has allowed us to gain three sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law that are Christians also. Many of our grandchildren have decided to follow Jesus and this is really pleasing to Linda and me.
There is one humorous thing about our marriage, and we had not planned on. We got out of the Air Force to return to college. We wanted to plant roots in one place, raise our family, and serve the Lord. However, the Lord did not see it that way and led me to accept a position in the newspaper business. We moved six times while I was in this business and not once did Linda ever object about going to a new place. We did this after much prayer and consultation with the Lord.
Our marriage has been blessed. Our children are successful in their chosen fields. Our children have given us 12 grandchildren and we are extremely proud of the young people they are and are becoming.
The catalyst of the success we are enjoying belongs to Linda and the home she has provided for all of us. She has been and is a tremendous mother, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law. She is a fabulous cook, as witnessed by my beltline.
She has been the rock of our marriage and home and has never doubted her faith in Jesus. She has been a public school teacher, a teacher in various positions of her church work over the years, sang in the choir, served on many committees, and helped many, many people through prayer, food, money, and any way she could.
It is my hope that the Lord will continue to bless us and provide for us as He leads our home. As most married people, we have had our up and downs in life, but never once did we ever not get through any problem, whether it was emotional or financial.
We have a great marriage, a happy home, children that are respectful and faithful, and all of this is because Linda is faith driven, loves and depends on the Lord for leadership. She is the example of the Virtuous Wife described in Proverbs 31:10-31.
I want to wish her a Happy 50th Anniversary and continue to let her know what she means to me and that I Love Her more each day.