Each for the Other, Both for the Lord
May 14, 2006
INTRODUCTION: Proverbs 18:22, "He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the LORD."
Proverbs 19:14, "Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the LORD."
Janet and I have been together most of our lives: first kiss, "I love you."
After dating Janet for about 6 months, we were married on November 21, 1970. The Lord willing, she and I will celebrate 36 years of marriage in 6 months. By the grace of God we have persevered! Married most of our lives!
When we got married, it was before a Justice of the Peace in Dillon, S.C. Janet was 17 years old, by only 17 days. I was 18 years old. Our honeymoon was spent in my brother's mobile home. Our honeymoon dinner was McDonald's.
The man and woman that went with us to get married were married to other people. Today, the man is divorced and remarried. The lady was married to my friend, Randy, and he committed suicide a few years ago.
After having our honeymoon for one night, we moved in with my mother and brother for the next few months. Whatever It Takes!
Our marriage, in the early days, was similar to the parable of Mark 4. In the sower and soil, we, too, have sown by the wayside and the Devil has robbed us. More than I wish to admit was sown on stony ground and it did not deepen our relationship. Some sown among the thorns and it chocked our love for one another. But, thanks to Calvary, some was sown on good ground and has brought good fruit to our lives and marriage.
Remember, I was not a believer when Janet and I married. Our marriage was in trouble, to say the least. However, lots changed on January 7, 1973. Give a little of Janet's testimony.
It was not long until we were singing, "Wherever He Leads I'll (We'll) Go."
It was here that we began to dream together.
Proverbs 31:10-12, "Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth i ...
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