Today is our fourteenth anniversary and the beginning of fifteenth years of marriage. I had been single for five years when I met Chuck. He had been single for seventeen years.
I went to lunch one day and pulled up to the drive up window to pick up my food. While waiting in the line the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘Cathie when you get to the window to pay for your food I want you to take all the money you have in your purse and bless the woman at the window with it!” Being ever the rebel I said to God, “You have to be kidding! I need that money!” And God said, “Give her that money!” Knowing better then to disobey God, I did just that. God knew what he was doing, The woman started to cry. Because of a situation in her life life she desperately needed the extra money.
I drove away telling God, “Okay Lord I claim that money as a seed for a Christian husband. One week later I met Chuck.
Though not actively looking for a husband I wrote down 6 attributes I wanted in a Christian husband. 6 things I would not compromise on. I said he needed to be tall.He needed to have a beard. He needed to have a relationship with God, not just be a pew sitter. He needed to know the Word and be a prayer warrior and He needed to be a giver.
Chuck had all those things. One day while talking on the phone he explained the lineage of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I was hooked. I knew he wasn’t superficial. He KNEW the Word. As we were both Messianic Believers that, to me, was important. Two months later we got married.
The first few years of our marriage consisted of God working out rough edges in both of us. Big Time! When we finally moved forward in love and commitment Chuck went in the hospital for open heart surgery. It didn’t go well. He got a flesh eating virus that ate his sternum and ribs. He almost died twice and, even with insurance, the expenses took all our savings for retirement. We were broke. At the same time the IRS decided to go after us for money they claimed we owed on the house in Denver we had sold. Truly it was the most stressful time of our lives. God helped us one day at a time.
Those incidences bonded our marriage even closer and drove us even deeper into the arms of God. Having nobody but each other to depend on bonded our marriage with strands of Gold!
People say opposites attract. I disagree. Chuck and I spend 24/7 together. We never run out of things to talk about. We study the Word together. We pray together twice a day, sometimes more. We believe our marriage is a covenant with God. The three stranded cord that cannot easily be broken.
God knew what he was doing when he put us together. I praise him for it daily!
Happy Anniversary to my love, the guy that God sent. My partner here and through eternity! I love you with all my heart!
In His Unconditional Love