Friday, July 31, 2009

The Wife of My Youth

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.


Frontier Forest said...

Some mighty beautiful words of wisdom and spice there. Whoever said the Bible is dull and outdated hasn’t a clue to its rich relevance for today. Just as you and Shari, the love I experience each day for my bride has exploded these last few years. I know this is a result of 3 things. Setting fleshly feelings aside means understanding what Christ’s unconditional love is all about, and focusing on obedience unto the Lord and drinking in the strong teachings and preaching we are receiving at Redeemer. My heart breaks for the millions of frustrated believers who are not waking in victory by learning to love their most precious gift, unconditionally.

Rick Calohan said...

Tony and Shari, the two of you must be doing something right because you two seem to be getting younger everyday. Congratulations!