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Anniversary Day – 19 years is the “new” 25

Keyna Have I told you lately how much I love my wife?

Today is my wedding anniversary. Can you believe that I have been married for 19 years?!!!? I don't EVEN look that old, do I? (and you can hold the old jokes… i know what kind of crazy readers I have here on WholeHearted :)). I really can't believe it. You know, they say that 19 years is the "new" 25! Just kidding… nobody said that except me.

Keyna and I really have had a good marriage – probably much better for me than for her (hey, she has to live and put up with me). We married young – the early years were a bit of a strain financially as we were both in college not making much $. Not to mention the fact that every spare dime I had went into my dream of becoming a rock star.

She loved me, endured me, and held out and look what happened: God is still in the miracle working business, amen?

My relationship with Keyna is THE most important earthly relationship I have – she's above the kids (whom I love with every part of me). She's above the church (which I have given the work/serving portion of my life to). She's above everything and anything besides my relationship to God (and luckily, my love for Him only increases my love for her instead of draining it – amazing!).

I'm amazed at the ways that God uses my marriage to teach me about my relationship with Him. Things such as…

  • My reading of the bible is much like the way that my relationship with Keyna is growing. I read the bible to grow deeper in my knowledge of Jesus. Growth in my relationship with Keyna doesn't happen by accident – it's a diligence that I can't be lazy with. Just as scripture teaches me – paying attention to who Keyna is helps my love with her to grow.
  • My prayer life reminds me that I must listen to her. How easy is it to allow your prayer life to become me telling God what I want from Him and then shutting the door of communication? How easy is it for your marriage to become the same? If I want to know God's heart I must listen to Him as He teaches me. In the same way, If I want to know Keyna's heart (and I do!) then I must listen to her as she tells me the particulars of her day. After all, I am interested in knowing what she deals with and particularly, who she is… (even if it is at the most inconvenient time… like during the game… or when I'm… you get the picture :))
  • Quality Time is not more important than Quantity Time. Whoever came up with the phrase that it's not how much time you spend with your family but how good it is was just plain lazy and looking for an excuse to spend less time with those they love. Same with the Lord: if you wanna know God you gotta spend time in His presence. When my love for Him grows a little dim I can usually track it back to inconsistency in my time dedicated to Him.

Here's a tip for us all: In your marriage, turn off the radio and talk to your spouse – turn off the tv and do something WITH your spouse. In your relationship with the Lord, turn off the radio and listen to God. Has it ever occured to you that Satan would rather you listen to christian radio than pray? 

"Thank you, Lord, for 19 wonderful years with the woman of my dreams! I don't know what I've done to deserve a love like this… thank You for blessing me with her. Help me to continue to try to apply these things to my life as I try to love her with the love that You have lavished upon me. May You always be at the center of who Keyna and I are – it's in Your Name that I pray this."

8 Comments on "Anniversary Day – 19 years is the “new” 25"

  1. Congratulations on 19 years of marriage. Statistics are against us with marriages lasting that long. This year was Libby and my 18th. You are married to a beautiful woman and you have adorable children. And yes God is STILL in the miracle business. There is no better example of a sinner than ourselves looking in the mirror. I have two words over my mirror that I see everyday. “Be Humble” That causes me to thank God for saving a poor wretched life, that being me. Have a great day. Always treat your bride like a queen.

  2. Wendy says:

    How sweet! Congrats to you and Keyna!

  3. mike p says:

    Thanks so much Mitchell and Wendy.

  4. Deb Cadovius says:

    Awe, HAPPY 19th! I’ve only been married a bit over 5 years and already I have two friends (my age) who are divorced. Christian couples who just couldn’t seem to make the marriage last. It makes me teary eyed to think how much pain they must be feeling. I am sooo blessed to be married to a Godly man who loves me more than anyone else on this planet, including our boys. I can’t wait to celebrate our 19th!!

  5. mike p says:

    Thanks, Deb! You said it, “a man who loves me more than anything (including my boys)” – that’s the way it’s gotta be!
    Watch out… we’ll be celebrating your 19th before you know it?

  6. Christine says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE SUCH A WONDERFULLY BLESSED FAMILY. YOUR CHILDREN ARE AWESOME. AND THAT LITTLE GUY WHO RESEMBLES YOU SO MUCH WAS JUST GREAT IN THE CHRISTMAS PLAY. YOU ARE RIGHT; YOU DON’T LOOK OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN MARRIED NINTEEN YEARS.
    LOVE YOU ALL.

  7. mike p says:

    Thank you so much, Christine! And thanks on Matt also… he was excited about finally having a part in a hyde park kidz choir play!

  8. Janice says:

    Mike,(Keyna) (sorry, I’m a day late with the congratulations, but congratulations!) Marriage takes two working together at ALL times and accepting that person for who they are, allowing God to be the center and work through them to make the “change”. (I would definitely say that “all marriages were not made in heaven” it took me the second time to get it right.) I agree and you are absolutely right about quality vs quantity and alot of people marry for the “wrong” reasons, then find their escape by divorce, too easy to do both. What couples today are not doing is working through the hard parts and give up. I can truly say that David has loved me like “Christ loved the church”…that’s what we should do and sounds like you are both doing a wonderful job. May He bless you with many more years together!!

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