50 Years and Counting

David and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary February 7. Believe us when we say we wouldn’t have made it, and we weren’t making it, until we decided to do marriage God’s way.
If we have any advice to give couples it is “You have to have a vertical marriage first — both of you seeking and applying God’s word to your relationship on a regular basis.”
If you are not in church, start there. You need the Lord and there’s no better place to start than attending church. But go beyond attending on Saturdays or Sundays. Go to Bible studies, search out a Christian mentor couple, attend Christ-centered seminars/conferences, build community with others who are living out their faith.
So we hope you will dig a little deeper into the Word and strive to do marriage
God’s way. As Jimmy Evans recently stated, “A successful marriage requires a man and wife with God at the center.”
Grace and peace,
Penny and David

Little Things Mean A Lot

I once wrote an article entitled “Little Things Mean A Lot – A Whole Lot.”  I beleive this is as true today as it was when I wrote it several years ago.  That truth was recently reinforced for me.  My husband has had this terrible virus that is contagious so we have both been very careful about touching, drinking after one another, wiping down the phones and computers and taking other precautions.  A few things I’ve missed, however, are our good morning kiss, holding hands while praying and sleeping together at night.  It feels like a wedge in our relationship.  He is on the mend, so I hope we can get back to our little rituals. Afterall, those little things mean a lot – a whole lot. 

 

How Good are You at Knowing Your Partner’s Plans?

Years ago David would silently plan his day and week.  He knew exactly what he wanted to do and where he wanted to go and how he was going to take care of everything.  He loved making lists and checking off his accomplishments.  Well, of course, I had my own agenda which I didn’t bother to tell him about.  I’m sure you can guess that things didn’t go well when our plans collided. David would puff and seem irritated when I threw a kink in his plans.  I had no idea why he was upset.  I just knew something was wrong.  It took us awhile to figure this tangle out, but we finally did.  Today, he will ask me, “What’s on your calendar for today or this week?”  In other words we tell one another up front what our plans are and make adjustments so, most of the time, both our needs are met.  Genius?  Not hardly – just simple communication.