Wednesday, February 9, 2011

13 Years and Still Going Strong


It's hard to look back and not find something that doesn't bring a smile to my face when I think of the man who came into my life almost 16 years ago and asked me to be his wife, 3 years into being my best friend.

Yes, today we are celebrating "Lucky" number 13 of our anniversary! Even though each month on the 9th we still try to be the first one to say Happy Anniversary for every month. Today, Steve won at some point in the wee hours of the morning while it was still yet dark.

Yet we both are winners in marriage when today's society calls for divorce as easily as it is for people to quit jobs or drop classes in school when the going gets tough. We have had our ups and downs, even though Steve confessed its' been 13 wonderful years, I had to admit to him, it hasn't always been wonderful but there is still no person I would want to fight with more than him and walk through the rest of my time serving God here on Earth with.

I can rest in God's assurance that I will have an eternity with him and we will celebrate our time spent here on Earth with every other Christian. To me, besides God, there isn't a better person who knows all my quirks, moods, and deepest secrets and yet still remains the person I want to see at the end of the day and first thing in the mornings. He is all that and a bag of chips!

I don't want to give you the idea that any marriage is gumdrops and rainbows, but with God's help and a strong sense of our spiritual ideas and beliefs, we can weather any storm. It's through conflicts in our marriage that we can see the greatest growth. Some years we've grown so much more than others but in the end, God has the best plan in place when after a rough divorce, he presented me with the greatest gift in holding on to Him and my faith in God.

Steve is that gift, and like the Bible promises, what the enemy intends for our harm, God will use for good. God turned my divorce into a promise of a new beginning and in that has rewarded me for my perseverance in Him. Steve has stood by me as our boat has sailed through calm waters, rough storms and even a few hurricanes, but we look to our greatest source of navigation and see that God knows how this will turn out.

When I asked Steve what his greatest memory has been of our time together, he said it was waking up every morning, or almost every morning, with me. Life in my opinion can only get better as each day goes by.

Happy Anniversary to the Best Gift God could have blessed me with. I love you Steve!

18 comments:

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

That is a sweet post Kat - and you are so right. Marriage is never always wonderful. Even the best one are at times filled with strife. But the good ones keep God right in the middle and therefore He is the mediator and keeps them going strong!

I will celebrate 26 years with my fella on the 14th. Valentine's day... how sweet.. ha!

KrippledWarrior said...

CONGRATULATIONS, NEWLY WEDS!

Denise said...

Such a precious post, happy anniversary.

Mari said...

Happy Anniversary, you two! I really like that picture.
No, it's not always easy, but it is worth it!

Rita said...

Oh what a sweet post! Very realistic yet very romantic! I'm so proud for the both of you. Congratulations on 13 wonderful years together and my you have many, many more! Robert and I celebrated 42 years together, so go for it! You guys will make it!

LV said...

Kat, that is an outstanding post for this very special time in your and Steve's life. I enjoyed hearing your story and how fortunate you have been with him. There are no perfect marriages, but they will survive when both pull together and let the good Lord be a part of their lives. You have succeeded in both. Best wishes to you both for many more blessed years.

Girly Muse said...

Congratulations, Kat! That is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. I pray blessings for many more happy years to continue for you and your husband.

Jane's In The Jungle said...

Happy Anniversary you two....and may you be blessed with many more together!

Our7isheaven said...

Congratulations!!

Niecy said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
What a Sweet Blessing to marry your best friend. That's the way the Good Lord meant it to be.
God Bless your Sweet Anniversary,
Niecy

Thena said...

Happy Anniversary to the both of ya'll.

christy rose said...

Congratulations on 13 years!!

Happy Anniversary!

Joyce said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your honey : )

Darcie said...

Happy 13th Anniversary you two!!!

Chris and Brooke said...

What a wonderful post and inspiration to all -- I especially appreciate your wisdom as I am just over 4 months away from beginning my own journey into matrimony with my best friend.

Sassy Granny ... said...

Precious! Congratulations.

Terry & I just celebrated #44. I promise you: the best is yet to come!!

Kathleen

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Beautiful. Congratulations on 13 years. Happy Anniversary.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

What a beautiful post and tribute to you two! Congratulations on 13 years.

Lee Ann