Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Celebrating 10 years of a Wonderful Marriage to Becki Tyler

"A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD." -Proverbs 18:22

It has been 10 years since we were married under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. I truly believe that I have found favor with the Lord! In the 10 years we have been married we have lived in three states, served four local churches, and had three children. There has been a lot of smiles and a lot of miles! I must say that I love my wife and being married more than I ever dreamed. To celebrate ten wonderful years of being married to Becki Tyler. I would like to give a list of 10 things I absolutely love about my wife. This list goes back all the way to the beginning and spans the past decade. So here goes:

1. I love the way my wife loves the Lord!

Many women are beautiful and have caught my attention in the past, but none have captured my heart like you Becki. Your love for the Lord shines on your face daily.

2. I love the way my wife is called to the ministry!

We both made our commitment to the Lord and left our homes to pursue our call to ministry at Southern Seminary where we met at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville.

3. I love the way my wife loves and care for our children, my wife is a great mother!

I know that my wife works very hard for our family from the time the first little feet hit the floor in the morning until you are exhausted at night. You keep our home going in a 1,000s of ways I will never even know! Thank you!

4. I love that my wife stand beside me in the happiest of days!

I think back over days like when you said “yes, I’ll be your wife,” the birth of our children, the call to four different churches, the fun vacations we had to California and Biltmore, etc….

5. I love that my wife always stand beside me in the darkest of days!

I think of the unexpected phone calls we have received of loved ones and friends who have gone on to be with the Lord. I think of the difficult ministry experiences we have faced together as we watched those we poured our lives into turn their backs on us.

6. I love that we still laugh together!

We can still laugh at ourselves, I pray we never lose this. May we never become bitter and anger as we walk through his life together, but may our home continue to be filled with joy.

7. I love that we cry together!

The ministry has brought us may of our greatest and darkest days at the same time. Thank God you were there for me.

8. I love that my wife works so hard to support our family every day at home!

Your job comes without pay, vacation, and/or personal without days off it seems, but you do it with grace and style.

9. I love the way that my wife is content even though I can't give you the many things I wish I could!

I wish I could give you a palace in the mountains with all the luxuries this life can afford. But you don’t complain and you don’t gripe. Even when we have very little your heart is always joyful!

10. I love that I can trust you always!

What else can be said, you make me feel secure and loved!

A prayer for Becki, my precious wife:

Dear Heavenly Father,

An excellent wife who can find?  O, but I have found one- or more truly, You have given one to me.  She is far more precious than jewels.  My heart trusts her, and I will have no lack of gain.  She does me good, and not harm.  Thank You that she works with willing hands.  Thank You that she rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household.  Only by Your grace does she dress herself with strength and make her arms strong.  I praise You that she opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teachings of kindness is on her tongue; for this gratitude is due Your name.   Thank You that she looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  May my children rise up and call her blessed.

O Beloved, many women have done excellently, but by grace you surpass them all!  You fear the LORD, therefore I will praise Him for you!  Praise the LORD all the earth!   Sing the glory of His Name; give to Him glorious praise!  Let everything that has breath praise the LORD, for He commanded, and my wife- my greatest and most beautiful earthly good- was created!


Happy 10 Year Anniversary; May the Lord Grant Us Many More Becki Tyler!

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