Eight teen years ago today, I took the plunge, walking down the altar to a new life with my wife Leanne. Three kids, two states and one adventure after another has etched fond memories of the past two decades together. With marriages, relationships and vows not lasting as long as they once did, an anniversary day prayer is necessary to keep the flame of love alive.
As Adam learned eons ago, Genesis 2:20-24, finding a suitable helper isn’t easy. Maybe this is one of the reasons why King Solomon continued to seek wife after wife according to 1 Kings 11:1-3. Unfortunately, even one of the wisest men to ever walk the face of the earth forgot to consider how being unequally yoked would influence his own relationship with God, 2 Corinthians 6:14-15. All you have to do is read Proverbs 19:13 and 21:9 to understand Solomon’s regrets about rushing into marriage.
With this in mind, I am thankful for waiting, watching and trusting God to provide a godly spouse. Although each of us have our own imperfections, the Lord has guided our steps together as a couple, Galatians 5:25. Whatever the future holds, I am grateful to a loving wife, 3 great kids and daily bread. Prayer is what has held my family together, offering up loved ones to God and asking angels to keep watch when you are not around. In the end, one of my favorite prayers is for God give me the wisdom of Solomon, the love of Jesus and the favor of Joseph from Genesis. May you find the same joy and peace that I have experienced over the last 18 years.
by Jay Mankus