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Monday, December 17

Memory Verse Monday


It's Memory Verse Monday and Karen at Karen's Ramblings is our host. If you would like to participate, just follow the link to find out how.

It's been a couple of weeks since I took part in Memory Verse Monday. I'm still working on the last one, which was Luke 1:37 - For with God nothing shall be impossible. I've found this verse to be working in my life.

This week, God laid it on my heart to memorize this verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

This verse has always been working in my life. Love is a great thing and I've been truly blessed with the love of many online friends lately. Some need prayer for health issues. Some need prayer for depression and some are finding that their faith is in question. I hold all of these friends up in prayer and ask you to do the same.

Here is a list of people who I ask you to lift up in prayer.

Denise at Shortybear's Place. She is undergoing some great health issues at present.

Mary at Isabella's Closet. She is in need of being lifted up to God in a special way.

Deena at Can I Be Pretty in Pink. Deena had surgery for breast cancer last Wednesday and is in need of healing. She is home and resting.

Karen at Karen's Korner. She is in need of prayer for her financial situation and for her husband to remain safe. He is a truck driver and needs protection in inclement weather.

Please add these wonderful ladies to your prayer list. For with the love and prayer of friends and by keeping their eyes on God, all of their needs will be fulfilled.


Today is my husband's and my anniversary. We have been married for 19 years. On December 17, 1988 at 3 pm, we exchanged vows in my mother's living room in front of the fireplace. Just as the ceremony was over, it began to snow. We stayed a while and mingled with family and friends and then headed to Niagara Falls for the weekend.

The further we traveled, the more snow we were seeing. We finally arrived in Niagara Falls and the snow stopped for a bit. We decided (foolish as we were) to drive to Niagara-On-the-Lake. We went there and enjoyed a lovely dinner. When we stepped out of the restaurant, the snow was falling rapidly.

As we headed back toward Niagara Falls, we came to a bend in the road at Queenston Heights. Hubby applied the brake a little too hard and the next thing we knew we had slid into the ditch and knocked down a steel street sign. What a mess! No one was hurt except the sign and it could be replaced. We were very lucky.

Today I believe this was a sign that our marriage would be stormy. For the first seven years it was a constant battle ground. Now, after 19 years, we very seldom speak a harsh word to each other and if one does, the other ignores it, as we know it's just stress and the world closing in on us. How far we've come from those first days, which proves that love can overcome obstacles if you only give it a chance.



Thank you to all my wonderful friends who have taken time to post and send anniversary messages. You love and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. The ecards we received were all lovely and hubby couldn't believe that so many people he didn't know would take time out of their busy lives at this time of year to do that. Thanks to all of you for showing us such love and support. ~Blessings, Mary~

30 comments:

  1. Yes, the internet, tell your hubby is a great way to meet friends and people who really CARE!

    I think your thoughts on the sign/storm in Niagara was very deep. Yes, marriage IS not for the weak and needs to be worked on by both parites and love CAN grow!! And you know this already, but you tell dear hubby of yours that you're BOTH in my hearts and I hope that you two have many MANY more happy years ahead!!!

    Bless you both--

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  2. Congratulations on your 19th Anniversary. My DH and I were married in April of 1988 (clearly it was a good year for longevity).

    The thing about marriages is that they take a committment by both parties to work on it together.

    May the two of you be blessed with many more years together:~)

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  3. Good Morning Mary,
    "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY" again. What a beautiful love story. And I agree on Corinthians 13:13, Love is the greatest of them all. When me and my hubby got married, our Pastor then read those verses. I'm so glad that yall didn't get hurt in the Snow Storm. I have always heard that the first 7 years of a marriage is always difficult. But, it takes both spouses to make it work. Me and hubby will be married 13 years this coming March. We had only dated a month when he proposed to me. We met in December of 2004 and asked me to Marry him in January of 2005. I accepted his proposal and we got married on March 24, 1995. Alot of people told us it wouldn't last because we hadn't known each other very long, but you see, GOD was in this marriage from the very beginning. We have been thru stom stormy times and some good times. We have always managed to ride the stormy times out together. We may not have much but what we do have, is ours and we are Thankful for what we do have. I have never been to Niagara Falls, but would so love to go there some day. I think hubby has been thru there on one of his travels up in Canada. Thank you for putting me on the prayer list. I really appreciate it. I have some wonderful news that I will share tomorrow's post. Well, take care my friend and have a great Monday. May God Bless You and Yours. Enjoy your special day together today.

    Love & Hugs,
    Karen H.
    P.S. I will pray for the others you have on the list.

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  4. Anni,

    You are such a dear friend. Hubby knows I have lots of friends online, but was amazed at the amount of well-wishes and greetings we received.

    Anni, if you knew what the first years of our marriage was like, you'd wonder that we ever survived. But what doesn't kill you makes you strong. We are very comfortable with each other.

    Thanks for the lovely wishes.
    Love and blessings,
    Mary

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  5. Lynn,

    Thank you for your wishes. Yes, 1988 was a good year. I'm glad that you and your DH have been able to spend so many years together.

    Love and blessings,
    Mary

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  6. Karen,

    I can hardly wait to read your wonderful news. I just came back here from your blog and read today's post.

    Marriage all depends on how committed both parties are. Hubby was 38 years old and had never been married before. I had to train him in the responsibilities of marriage. He wanted to be married and still be a bachelor. Ha! Not with this girl. LOL

    Grandma always told me if you made it the first seven years you were together forever. I guess she was right.

    Take care, Karen and thanks so much for the lovely anniversary wishes.

    Love and blessings,
    Mary

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  7. Congratulations on your Anniversary! May God bless you with many more!

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  8. Mommy,

    Thank you so much for the anniversary wishes.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  9. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby, dear Mary! Oh dear, I'm glad no one got hurt in that little accident on your honeymoon. I'm so sorry I didn't congratulate you in my email, it had completely slipped my mind that today is your anniversary.

    I will indeed add my prayers for those you listed. So many hardships and worries, my heart really goes out to all of them!!

    Have a wonderful day, dear friend and know that I'm thinking of you! xoxo

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  10. Congratulations on your 19th today! I wish you mamy mamy more!!

    I will add these people you told about to my prayer list!! I already have 3 of them on there!! You are so thoughful to think of others the way you do!! Blessings today!! Carolyn

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  11. Pea,

    No problem about the email. I never gave it a thought. You're such a dear for sending us anniversary wishes.

    Thanks so much for keeping these people in their prayers. I appreciate it so much.

    Take care, my friend. I'm glad your Corey is safely home.

    Love and blessings,
    Mary

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  12. Mary,
    I came back to see the story of your anniversary... so I will say Happy Anniversary again...God was certainly watching over you when you made the choice to drive further up in the snow... and he has been watching over you for several years afterward...
    it does take a while to get our Husbands trained to our way of thinking doesn't it?
    But once trained they are loyal and loveable!!!
    I will pray for the ones on your prayer request...
    blessings
    Mimi

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  13. Grams,

    Thanks for the anniversary wishes and for adding these people to your prayer list.

    My enjoyment in life is giving and caring for other people. Thanks for being such a dear friend.

    Love and blessings,
    Mary

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  14. I am adding Denise, Mary, Deena and Karen to my prayers.

    My husband and I traveled through rocky times and made it out the other side. Takes hard work, and of course Love. This January we will have been married 32 years. Seems like just yesterday.

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  15. Aw, Happy Anniversary, Mary! Enjoy your day :-)

    Smiles,
    Michele

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  16. IF A FAT GUY GRABS YOU AND PUTS YOU IN A BAG,

    DON'T WORRY,

    I TOLD SANTA I WANTED A GOOD FRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS


    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU , HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DEAR BLOGGER FRIEND MARY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU.

    ahahha... You have a blessed day and love is grand...

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  17. i will put all those ladies on my prayer list........... I have been praying for Denise and her eyes........ will pray for the others..

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  18. Happy Anniversary!

    Have a very Merry Christmas, too!!

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  19. Happy Anniversary to you both - with many more to come!

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  20. Mary I just got another lovely award from Denise and I have passed it on to you!! Please come on by and pick it up when you find time!! Scroll on down to find it!! Love and hugs Grams

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  21. Happy Anniversary to you both!!!

    Mari-Nanci

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  22. Jackie,

    Yes, the years fly along, don't they. We all have hard times and only those who are truly committed make it through. Congratulations on 32 years. If my first husband hadn't have died, we would have been together 45 years this coming April. Wow! That is really something. Seems like yesterday that we were married too.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  23. Michele,

    Thank you for the well-wishes.

    Denise,

    Wow! What a lovely version of happy anniversary. Thanks so much and also for praying for the ladies.

    Deborah,

    Thanks so much. Your well-wishes are greatly appreciated.

    Morning Glory,

    Thanks so much. Your wishes are very much appreciated.

    Grams,

    I love awards. I will be right over. Thank you very much.

    Mari-Nancy,

    Thanks so much. We had a quiet day.

    Thanks to all of you lovely ladies for the anniversary greetings. You are all loved and very much appreciated.

    Love and blessings,
    Mary

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  24. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
    nineteen years and a lot of hard work too. You certainly do deserve congratulations.

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  25. Thanks for your prayers, they mean so much to me. I loved reading about your wedding and honeymoon memories. May you two make many more precious memories together. Happy Anniversary, I love you. I will be praying for those other dear ladies.

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  26. I've not done any memory work lately but I have dusted off my Bible and have been doing some reading and it has been a comfort to my soul.

    Congrats on your anniversary!

    Thanks for your email checking up on me, that was very sweet of you.

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  27. Thank you, Mountain Mama. It hasn't always been easy, that is for sure, but we've made it and have no intentions of giving up now.

    Denise,
    Thank you, dear friend. I do appreciate your anniversary greetings. You are ALWAYS in my prayers.

    Tammy,

    Thank you also for the anniversary well-wishes. You are in my prayers daily as well.

    You are all dear friends. Thank you so much for making this a VERY special anniversary.

    Love and blessings,
    Mary

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  28. Mary,

    I want to wish you and Dwight a very "Happy Anniversary"!! I hope you both had a wonderful day and that the coming year brings you laughter and joy.

    Love and hugs,
    Tina

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  29. We have been married the same amount of time. I just have about one month on you.
    I so agree about the rocky time. Ours was about the first 10 years. It was by the grace of God that we stayed together. I love him now. This love makes me even wonder if I loved him them.:)
    Thank you for sharing the memories.

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  30. I hope you and your husband enjoyed your "snowy 19th" and celebrated by staying off the highway! The things we do when we're young become wonderful memories (when we survive our foolishness). Thanks for sharing your story ... and I'll add these women to my prayer list.
    Hugs and blessings,

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