Who's Counting?

“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12  



Today it’s been 36 years or 432 months, or 1878 weeks and 3 days, or 13,149 days, or 315,576 hours, or 18,934,560 minutes, or 1,136,073,600 seconds that I have been married to the love of my life, but who’s counting? I am you can bet for sure. I might hardly remember what happened last week any longer but one day I pray to God I will never forget is July 9, 1983, the day Lee Ann Lachance became my wife. It was then and remains today the second best day of my life only behind the day Jesus Christ came into my heart and saved me from myself and my sin and adopted me into the family of God.

Proverbs 31:10 captures the sentiment of my own heart for my wife when it says, “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.” I might be able to calculate to the very second how long my wife and I have been married but what is impossible for me to do is calculate her worth to me, as she is priceless. The love, care as well as unwavering support that she has shown me through all these years is just more proof that there is a God as she radiates the grace and mercy of Jesus. I am far from perfect, my wife is closer yet she’d be the first to admit she is not perfect either, but together by God’s grace we are perfect together as our 36 years of marriage testifies.

Life is hard, and marriage can be equally hard at times as every marriage has a target on its back as God instituted marriage and the devil has sought to undermine it going all the way back to the Garden of Eden. I’m just thankful today for the gift I have in my wife and I would love for all the world to know. I’m also asking you to pray for me that I would love my wife like Jesus loves the church and and to pray for marriages everywhere as the pressure on marriage seems to be growing more intense with each and every day. Pray that husbands and wives would live together in the covenant of marriage as God intended and as God’s Word instructs.

Let’s pray that the words of God spelled out in Ephesians 5:22-33 become a reality in every Christian marriage and in every Christian home, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

I LOVE YOU!




Michael Osthimer

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