Wedding Anniversary: 18

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

2006 in North Carolina

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands." 

Psalm 90:17 (NIV)

The day I married Zeke, we attended a prayer meeting first thing in the morning. I am yet to hear of another couple who goes to a 6 a.m. prayer meeting the day they are going to get married but that was what we did. The day before we went to Mall and bought two shirts from India. We wore those shirts to our wedding which took place at the late Rev. and Mrs. Nicholson's North Carolina home. 

The few friends who were there surrounded us with more prayers. I know our friend Gayle prayed in the Spirit the entire time. God was present and we need His presence to continue in our marriage.

Zeke and I look back at the 18 years God is allowing us to be married with gratitude and awe. Gratitude because God is faithful. He prepared us to be one and we are thrilled to be a family. 

Awe because time goes by so fast and we experienced so much in 18 years. 

I can look back and see how prayer has sustained us. 

The initial prayer meeting is not the only one we've ever attended. We also include prayer in our family life. Why pray so much? 

We know God hears us. We read in Scripture that husbands pray for wives and wives pray for husbands. God hears those prayers. Jesus prayed regularly. He taught the disciples how to pray. We believe we are people of prayer so we pray to God who hears us. 

We know God answers us. I'm going to spend part of our anniversary telling our kids the stories of the prayers God answered in the past 18 years. Each one of the kids is an answer to prayer. Last year, we saw God supernaturally provide for us. We are humbled and grateful that God answers prayers. 

We want to know God works in us through prayer. Prayer allows us to be open to knowing God and obeying Him. A lot of the reconciliation we experienced in the past 18 years is a result of prayer. I can't tell you how many times I knew I had to ask Zeke for forgiveness for something I said or did. Through prayer, I would be convicted to get up and reconcile with my husband. Before I got on my knees I thought I had the right to be right. Things change when we humble ourselves before God and listen to His direction. 

Zeke became a minister the year we got married. We always pray that God can use our family to honor Him as we serve His people and our community. My prayer today is not found in a romantic card but in the Psalm of Moses. I pray that God will establish the work of our hands as we continue to serve Him. 

Happy anniversary Zeke. I love you today and I always will. This will continue to be fun!