My wife Mary and I will celebrate today, thirty- two years of a wonderful marriage.
We have had a problem free marriage. By that I mean, no unresolved issues have ever lingered.
We have never gone to sleep with unsettled problems
We have never had an argument that was not fixed that day.
Are we special? Of course not!
Am I perfect? Just ask my children!
The key to success is putting God and His will always first.
Mary and I met in 1986 in church, after her return from the mission fields.
We discovered that God had crossed our tracks several times.
Our paths intersected at North Miami Beach Elementary School.
In 1962 I attended there after leaving Cuba.
At the school I learned English during the Cuban missile crisis and practiced ducking under desks in case it became real.
Right after leaving North Beach, little Mary also attended.
In 1977, my family moved from the Virgin Islands, to Key Biscayne, Florida.
My parents got a rental on Island Drive.
I discovered that Mary’s family left Island Drive in 1976, just before our arrival. Is this coincidence or divine destiny? I believe the latter, from a God who knows beginning to end.
If you are single, and love the Lord, be encouraged today!
God has that perfect one for you, like he had for me.
It’s much better to be a single who loves Jesus, than to be married, love Jesus, but be married to a guy who hates him.
I have frequently observed single Christian women who love Jesus are happier than married Christian women who love Jesus, because their unbelieving husbands pull them down.
Enjoy your single-hood, loving and serving Jesus. Trust me, you are much better off. Fret not; God has that perfect one for you. Wait for him. Don’t focus on marriage, focus on Him.
I understand the loneliness of Christian single-hood. My advice is that you become married to Jesus. Draw close to and become filled with His Spirit. Most of your loneliness will leave.
God brought Mary, when I was contented to be single, even if it was to be so for the rest of my life. I was enthralled and in love with Jesus. I had forgotten about marriage, when my sweet Mary came.
I recommend, not to date, but wait for God’s one to come. I have seen many a good Christian fall into the pit of immorality. The flesh is weak, and God knows that. The problem with falling into immorality is that the devil’s condemnation last for months and severely injures the Christian’s walk.
Mary and I became great friends but presumed that God had destined us for others.
On the same day that I passed my FCC broadcasting test which I had failed twice, God opened our eyes. This was 1987. Now we knew that God was calling us to marriage. God knows how to open doors, and keep them shut. When you are in His will, He can move with blazing speed.
After three dates, we knew the calling to marriage and obeyed. Six months later we wed. We were not in love when we married. We joined in obedience to God. The falling in love came after tying the knot.
From the beginning, Mary and I prayed together. Prayer is not simply talking to God. This prayer is about listening to God’s voice, His will, and then obeying.
We’ve learned the secret that in everything by doing the will of God and by laying ours down, things always turn out right.
We have done many crazy things in the Name of the Lord. But like cats which are constantly dropped from third floors, God makes us land on all fours.
God does not have two voices. He only has one. If a couple hears two things, something is wrong. This means that multiple agendas have not been surrendered to embrace God’s one. But this is the secret to a good marriage! Always, and in everything, couples lay down your will, and embrace God’s. He has one voice and one will. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all things that you wish for will be added to you.
Always put parents, children, and families, second, to God and His will. This sounds harsh, but it’s huge. I have seen many put fathers and mothers and children before God and His will, to destructive results. Family idolatry is one of the most damaging things in Christianity. If we put Him above all, He blesses our parents and children with the very best.
Mary and I are entirely honest with each other. We do not keep secrets. Good communication is critical. Talking things out and praying them through is crucial.
As a family, God taught us to be a team. We have endeavored to do as much as possible together. Our children come before ministry. We let them find their own way with the Lord. We don’t ask them to copy our Christian walk.
God is so great, if we always put Him first! You won’t go wrong.