The power of words.

The power of love.

Two little words:  I do.

Those two words change lives.

At first, they change just two lives, but before too long, many lives are affected by the choice to say those two little words and stay true to them.

This past weekend, Robert participated in a fiftieth anniversary vow renewal for Elvira and Restituto, two wonderful members of our congregation.

It was a beautiful ceremony that glorified God and His faithfulness to them over the past fifty years.

Each of their three sons read a passage of scripture chosen especially for this occasion.

The one that stood out to me particularly was from Colossians 3:12-14, which says,

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

These two people, who fifty years ago chose to say, “I do,” and have chosen repetitively over those years to love each other, have left a legacy of love, commitment, and Christian faith.

Their three sons, their wives, and their children (7 in all) are all serving Jesus.

As over 130 of us gathered to celebrate, this beautiful family gave their testimonies of the impact of two lives well-lived and the beautiful love they share as they walk through this life serving Jesus.  They shared the depth of the impact of this example of a godly marriage.

Wives, we have choices to make.

We chose to say, “I do,” those two powerful words.

Now, we must choose to walk in the power of love.  Not our own love, which will surely fall short and be imperfect, but God’s love, which never fails, never ends, and covers all of our sins, if we choose Jesus.  We can choose to live so that we leave a legacy that will impact our children, our nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, neighbors, friends, and coworkers.

As we continue to walk through our 16-Day Love Challenge, I want to encourage you to focus on God’s love flowing through you to your husband.  God’s perfect love for your husband and for you will change your hearts, change your marriage, change your family…if you’ll let it.

We here at The Imperfect Wives are praying for you and your marriage (as we pray for our own, as well)!