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Happy 19th Anniversary, Greg!

20130528-061834.jpgGreg and I were married on May 28, 1994 at 3:00pm. We had over 300 people crowded into our home church near Columbia, SC, where Greg’s dad was the pastor and he performed a beautiful ceremony for us.

We had NO CLUE what was ahead.

How I wish that I had understood then what I understand now about God, myself, Greg, marriage, femininity, masculinity, our culture and so many things! That is often not the way life works. We sometimes learn things the hard way.

I am beyond thankful to God that He opened my blind eyes to my sin, disrespect, control, pride and idolatry 4.5 years ago and that He radically changed my life! I can NEVER thank Him enough for the joy and peace He has given me in Christ. It has been ALL Him. I am capable of NOTHING GOOD on my own. Jesus is truly my EVERYTHING now!

I remember one of my biggest fears when I started learning about God’s design for femininity and marriage was that I was afraid one of us would die before we got to really do marriage right – God’s way.

I THANK and PRAISE MY LORD JESUS CHRIST that HE has allowed us to share the best years of our marriage these last few years.

To Greg,

How can I thank you enough for not giving up on me, for staying even when I was so very hard to live with – even as I blamed YOU for all of the problems for so many years? How can I thank you enough for the way you INSTANTLY forgave me of my 14.5 years of constant sin against you? You rocked my world. I knew I couldn’t have forgiven you of anything that easily! I have learned so many good things from you. What an incredible example you have always been to me of patience, perseverance, a sense of humor and forgiveness. How can I thank you enough for being SO ENDLESSLY PATIENT and KIND with me as I struggled to learn to be the wife God wanted me to be. I still have much to learn. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!

Thank you for your godly leadership. I am in awe of the way God has worked in your life and the strong, responsible, wise, consistent, level-headed, humble, selfless man and leader you are. I am SO VERY PROUD OF YOU, HONEY! Thank you for taking the weight and burden off of my shoulders in our marriage. Thank you for being such an involved dad and husband. Thank you for keeping up the house and yard and cars. Thank you for being such a good provider for us financially, emotionally and spiritually. Thank you for supporting my blogging and for the posts you write for the men on your blog!

When I first realized all I was missing as a wife about showing you respect, in December of 2008, I told you, “I don’t understand this respect stuff now. But when I finally get it figured out, I want you to feel like the most respected husband on the planet!” You laughed – in a good way. And now, you have a ministry to husbands called Respected Husband. That brings tears of joy to my eyes every time I think of it!

Thank you for asking me to share what God had taught me with other wives. When you said that to me, 2 years ago – it was the most incredible compliment and honor you have ever given me in my life. Thank you for your faith in God and your faith in me.

I’m so thankful for the gift you are to me. I pray that God will empower me to always bring you good, joy, blessing, peace, healing, comfort, encouragement, respect, admiration, trust, loyalty, partnership and team work. I pray that I might truly be the helpmeet God desires me to be for you.

I praise God for our 19th wedding anniversary today. Look how far He has brought us!

Happy 19th Anniversary, Honey!

With all my love and admiration,

April

For a FUNNY and SCANDALOUS story from our anniversary last year, check out this post!

To read more about how Greg and I met, click here.

Why I Fell for My Husband

To read about my husband’s perspective when God was changing me, click here.

Praying for Your Husband so that God Will Hear

 

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26 thoughts on “Happy 19th Anniversary, Greg!

  1. Happy Anniversary you two! May your today be blessed in a very special way. You both are a sweet gift. Thank you!

  2. You and Greg may have not known, but God knew the blessing that you are, and still to be. This day is awesome and I pray that Greg and you continue to share many more years of Gods glory with us.

    Happy Anniversary

    1. Corronda,
      You made me cry joyful tears!

      Thank you for the encouragement!

      I can’t wait to hug your neck one day! And I can’t wait to see all that God has in store for you!

  3. Happy Anniversary! 🙂 I’m so glad for all the lessons and blessings God has produced in your marriage!!

  4. Happy Anniversary !!!! May God bless you with many more years of happiness & love. Thankyou to both of you for sharing about your Godly marriage. May you have many more years to share and to help others in thier life path of being in a real Christian marriage. Love ya 🙂

  5. Happy Anniversary! Boy do I relate so much to what you post sometimes! I felt the same way about worrying that one of us would die before I got to implement all of my newfound knowledge on biblical wifehood!!! And we hit our rock bottom/wake up call at about 13.5 years… about a year before you did 🙂 Thank God for God huh?! We are enjoying the same successes as you guys and coming up on 16 (we got married much later than you :)). Thanks for all that you do to encourage everyone on your blog! And, again, Happy Anniversary!

    1. Thanks, Merrie Beth!

      I am SO THANKFUL FOR GOD! YES!

      And beyond thankful that He has given us a few years to practice His ways and really seek Him. I praise God for what He has done in your marriage too! Thank you for sharing your story and your heart!
      I appreciate the prayers and encouragement so much!

      Much love to you!

  6. You have so much to celebrate today! Congratulations, and may the Lord continue to draw each of you ever closer to Him, and to each other!

  7. Happy Wedding Anniversary Greg and April! It is our Wedding Anniversary today too! 19 years just like you! You were married 6 hours before we were. And like you, God opened my eyes to my responsibility as a help meet to glorify God through my submission and respect to my husband a couple of years ago. A Godly marriage is such a blessings! I really enjoy your website and your ministry to wives everywhere. May God continue to richly bless you both as you serve Him……..Especially today!!!

    1. Lisa W.,
      How cool is that!?!?!?!

      I LOVE that we share anniversary dates and even the same year. And I REALLY love that God has worked in both of us as wives and in our marriages. It is the biggest, most amazing blessing of my life!

      Thank you for sharing your heart and for the encouragement. 🙂

  8. A very happy anniversary, Greg and April! Thank you for all of the time and hard work you put into your blogs; I have learned (and continue to learn) so much from you.

  9. Happy anniversary, April and Greg. This is indeed the doing of the Lord. And it is marvellous in all eyes.
    Stay blessed.

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