“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Psalms 34:3
January 1, 1977 was the day this passage of Scripture became our Life Verse, as husband and wife. I had been looking forward to this day for a very long time. It was the day Dana would walk down the aisle of Sagamore Hill Baptist Church, in Fort Worth, Texas and walk away with me, as my wife.
Some days are just better than others. This one has no equal. Neither does Dana. We are still walking twogether, 38 years later. I had no idea who she really was when I asked her to be my wife. I am so glad God did. The longer I walk with her, the more I learn about her, and the more grateful to God I am for His gift to me of a warrior wife.
“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband.” Proverbs 12:4
I met Dana on September 9, 1974, but our first date was not until January of 1975. It did not go well. After a two-year roller coaster ride of break ups and do overs, we were engaged September 24, 1976. We would not have survived a long engagement, so we married just 67 days later. It was the wisest move I ever made.
Some things are meant to be, and postponing them doesn’t make them easier. We signed up for the long haul, and 38 years later we are more in love than ever before. We often laugh and tell young couples we have had at least 10 years of happy marriage. Their nervous laughter reveals they know what we mean. Can I get a witness?
Trust me when I say, some things are worth fighting for, and a great marriage is the best fight you will ever win. We both have refused to be outplayed or outprayed on our home court. When it comes to our marriage, we no longer fight like hell, but we fight hell, twogether.
There is nothing in the world that compares with being in a hard fight with a strong woman. Just make sure you are always on the right side. It helps to ask God for His direction, protection and correction. Pray it before you say it.
WARNING: In the interest of full disclosure, I owe a word of explanation for the uninformed and inexperienced male. “Fight Like a Girl” doesn’t mean what you think it means. Over the years, in most playground fights little boys have used it as a term of derision. Little did they know, it describes a sign of courage meant to be worn as a badge of honor. Watching my wife fight breast cancer has given me a whole new respect for her, and women in general. They have earned it. But I digress.
Dana and I enter 2015 with another passage of Scripture we have selected as our Verse for The Year.
“I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten.” Joel 2:25
We are praying this passage over the churches of our nation with a profound sense of urgency. It reveals the willingness of God to remove His hand of judgment, if His people return to Him. He longs to restore and revive what has been lost as a result of rebellious behavior.
For over 20 years Dana has been expressing her profound spiritual discernment with this phrase. “Without Spiritual Awakening, there is no hope for our churches or our nation.” As the years have added up, millions prayer warriors have begun to pick up this same Heaven-sent signal on their spiritual radar screen. May their tribe increase.
NOTE TO SELF: Continue to exalt God’s name twogether with your wife. Praying with your wife will help you stay on course. Finish the fight, twogether, against the right enemy. Help is on the way, and the best is yet to come. TALK LESS! PRAY MORE!