Today Shari and I celebrate 16 years of marriage together. I love her way more than I did 16 years ago. She grows more beautiful with each year.
I just read Proverbs 5 as a devotional of sorts. It serves as a warning against adultery, something every man needs including this one. I love this part-
Drink water from your own cistern,flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad,streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone,and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed,and rejoice in the wife of your youth... -Proverbs 5:15-18
I am totally rejoicing in the wife of my youth today. I am rejoicing in God's grace that has blessed us these many years. Don't get me wrong, we don't have a June and Ward Cleaver marriage. We struggle with various issues just like all married couples do. We're very different people from different backgrounds and those differences are magnified over the years, not eliminated. Still, by God's grace we have never doubted God's clear providence in bringing us together and calling us to stay committed to each other. I don't know what the future holds and I never underestimate the power of sin in my life, but I sincerely hope that God grants me the grace to be faithful to Shari and lay my life down for her more consistently than I do. Her strong, yet submissive spirit compels me to love her more.
For all the men reading, pick up Proverbs 5 and mull it's wisdom and depth.