Wednesday, November 17, 2010

30 years ago last Sunday

Close your eyes and look back to November 14th, 30 years ago. In my minds eye I see a beautiful young girl just turned 16 and a handsome young man of 19 (Alright your all probably saying "wait a minute your only 15 how can you look back 30 years?" I may not have seen these events but I've been told enough about them to be able to picture it).
They are standing together in the court house saying their marriage vows. Neither of them has any idea of what the future holds, the trials and conflicts, the separations, of 2 men who would knock at the door and share with the young man the gospel of Jesus Christ, the struggles as they surrender their lives to God, of being called to the ministry as Pastor of Iglesia Bautista de la Fe and finally many years later having a family of 8 with 8 grandchildren (3 boys, 1 girl, 3 in heaven and 1 on the way) and an amazing legacy that they can pass on without regret to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am number 4 of the 8 kids and I can whole-heartedly say that I am soooooooooooooooo thankful to the Lord for joining together these 2 wonderful people and through His amazing grace bringing them to His feet. Ask my parents any day and they will tell you without hesitation that it is a miracle that they did not end up divorced and with a broken family of only 2 or 3 children.
So on behalf of all of us kids, Congratulations Mom and Dad on your 30th anniversary!!!
Though we have each given ya'll a heap of trouble, we love you TONS!!! Nobody could ask for better, more Godly, more loving and more caring parents and thank you for teaching us right from wrong and keeping us all in line even when it hurt.

Love You!!! Hope you have 30 more wonderful years of God honoring marriage.

7 comments:

Every Endeavor said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful testimony this is to the Lord's faithfulness. Thank you for the wonderful example you have set for those who follow.

Praise the Lord!

What a wonderful post. :)

Love,
Christiana

Maiden4Christ said...

Dear Christiana,
you have hit the nail on the head!!! My parents will never know the great impact that they have had on soooo many young people me included. I'm glad you enjoyed.
Love,
~Bethany

Ellie May said...

I'm happy for your parents. I'm glad they have stayed in the Will of God so that we could meet. :) I hope to see you and your family soon.
God Bless!!
-Ellie May

Maiden4Christ said...

Dear Ellie May,
LOL!!! u sound like my bro. Camilo he said " if u guys hadn't stayed 2gether I would never have been born and that would have been sad...4 the whole world" But I'm grateful 2 the Lord that they did stay 2gether so that we could meet and b BFFAEAE's!!!
I can't w8 2 c u 2!!! I miss u already and I haven't even left 4 NJ!!! LOL;)
Luv ya,
~Bess

Sarah said...

A very Happy Anniversary to your parents, Bethany! (And sorry I am late commenting on this!)

Maiden4Christ said...

Dear Sarah,
Don't worry as you can see this post was a little late anyway :)Thank you for commenting as its always "better late than never"
Love,
~Bethany

shirley said...

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