Today is our 34th wedding anniversary. When I read the Bible this morning, I didn’t understand the verse God gave me.

After church, “Mr. Romantic” bought slices of pizza at Logali’s, (a gas station), and we headed for Iowa City. We spent the day going to every shoe store, (and two that were no longer there), looking for size 14 shoes. I can now say I have shopped at “Fin and Feather.”

I went online to pick the restaurant for dinner; Joseph’s Steakhouse advertised white tablecloths…with a quiet, refined atmosphere. David checked out their menus online while at the scariest restrooms in the city. (Whoever used the stall before I did, sprinkled in front of the toilet. I thought I was alone when I heard a flush and footsteps. I started singing, “No Longer Slaves” until I was out of there!)

David freaked out at the $45.00 item on the menu and chose another place, “Longhorn Steakhouse.” Then he wanted to order the $45.00 Porterhouse steak for two! (I said no.) They gave us a free dessert because it was our anniversary: a scoop of vanilla ice cream, covered with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup.

After dinner, we went to two more stores. David came home with 2 pairs of shoes. I came home with a $2.00 bottle of paint, a 4th of July pillow I bought on clearance, and paper clips.

The sky looked nasty and I pulled up the weather on my phone: “Slow moving storm with blinding rain and flash floods.” It hit as soon as we left the parking lot. One car pulled over and parked under the overpass.

It was nasty going through the city, but we finally drove out of the storm. We ran into the second cell in Kalona, and the sun had set, making it even darker! I watched the storm on the radar, as we drove ahead of it until my phone died.

Before we hit the second cell, I prayed, “Lord, you control the wind and waves. Please get us home safely.” Obviously, he did.

David ran into his former youth leader yesterday and mentioned it was our anniversary. She admitted she didn’t think it would last. But to quote David’s Facebook Status it has been “34 years I have been blessed with him.”

Psalms 94:19, “When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” New Living Translation

We went to a wedding yesterday and David was romantic there. He held my hand through the entire ceremony. I told the bride to keep God a part of her marriage. Then when her husband is thoughtless or hurts your feelings, tell God. God will thump him on the head and he will come around.

Time to take my advice.

Dear Father God,

Thank You for keeping us together 34 years. You know it hasn’t all been a bed of roses, but in every life, there will be thorns. Thank You for always providing comfort, hope, and cheer. Help us to continue to serve you as a couple for the rest of our days. 

In Jesus Name, 


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