Saturday, August 10, 2013

19 Years...

Dad and Mom's wedding day! August 6, 1994

Who would've thought that in January 1993, just one month after my then eighteen-year-old Mom, choosing to submit to her parent's desires for that phase of life, began praying that God would bring her the right man, would be writing that man, though she'd never even met him?! Being a northerner, he lived nearly a thousand miles away.

Truly, God moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform!

He had blessed her submissive heart, granting her desires much quicker than she ever imagined. Through mutual friends telling my Dad's parents about her {And yes, it was ladies doing something they do best--matchmaking! [grin]} they got to know one another through good ole fashioned snail mail, meeting in person a few months after they began writing. It was obvious: they were in love! The rest, as they say, is history.

On the 6th, we all watched their wedding video {and, no, it wasn't in black and white! [grin]}. It was exciting to for them to recall God's faithfulness, and for us kids to witness the God honoring ceremony, and very fun to see a much younger version of everyone! One aspect I especially enjoyed was all the worshipful music sung, many songs I hadn't heard in a long time. The words of "A Christian Home" sung by my Mom's parents during the ceremony are so fitting for everyday of our life:

O give us homes built firm upon the Saviour,
Where Christ is Head, and Counsellor and Guide;
Where ev'ry child is taught His love and favor
And gives his heart to Christ, the crucified:
How sweet to know that tho' his footsteps waver
His faithful Lord is walking by his side!

O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each finds joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho' days be dark and grim.

O give us homes where Christ is Lord and Master,
The Bible read, the precious hymns still sung;
Where prayer comes first in peace or in disaster,
And praise is natural speech to ev'ry tongue;
Where mountains move before a faith that's vaster,
And Christ sufficient is for old and young.

O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!
We trust to Thee their problems, toil, and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If Thou art always Lord and Master there:
Be Thou the center of our least endeavor:
Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share.

My parent's love story {both it's beginning and at the present!} is a testimony to how nothing is impossible with God! We children are so grateful for the loving, wonderful example they are to us!


Susan Schmidt said...

Happy Anniversary, Brian and Teresa!!

The Anders said...

Who are those kids? :) So excited about seeing y'all this week!

grammie said...

me too!!!! beautiful memories, thanks Sugar!