Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. (Malachi 2:15)
It was 24 years ago today that God gave me my greatest gift after salvation . . . YOU! The holy covenant of marriage is a great gift from God. It is an even greater gift when you get to marry your BEST FRIEND in all-the world and that is what you are to me.
Your love for me has always been unconditional and your forgiveness complete. You have truly lived out the truth of the biblical definition of love, and for 24 years, you have continually laid down your life in sacrificial service for me and our four beloved children. You are not only the greatest wife in the world, but you are, without a doubt, the greatest mom in the world too.
Of all the sacrificial things you have done over the past 24 years in honoring our marriage covenant, there is one thing that you refused to do, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
To love in proportion to the love given!
You never let my level of love to you set the temperature of your love for me. You simply took God at His Word, and lived out the truth of the love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13 . . .
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
God has brought us through many seasons together, and through it all, your love never failed. I know being with me has not been easy, especially with the demands of the last five years as church planters of The Cross. But you have stood by my side every step of the way. God knew exactly what I needed in a wife and best friend and graciously gave you to me. You not only complement me – you complete me in every way. Here is a truth that cannot be denied . . .
You are everything I am not . . . and that’s a lot!
Happy 24th Anniversary Kim . . . I love you with all my heart and will for the rest of my life.