What a Happy Anniversary!

Today Sara and i are celebrating 31 years of marriage. Amazing! As we sat and reflected on that this morning, we were so grateful that God has given us a way to let everything that has happened, good and bad, in the last 31 years draw us closer to each other instead of driving us apart. Today we are better friends than we’ve ever been. We’re partners in each other’s journey at every level and I don’t know anyone I’d rather spend time with than Sara—whether we’re in intense prayer, laughing our bellies to soreness, hanging out with good friends or sorting out some question one of us needs resolve.

She truly is the love of my life, my best friend and most endearing sister in Christ. We have all kinds of private jokes between us no one else shares. Her laughter makes me light up. I love the way she lives her life, loves our kids and treats people around her. I can’t believe the joy Father has led us to together and look forward to whatever lies ahead together.

Tonight we’re not even together, and it isn’t due to my travels. Sara has an awards dinner tonight at the Reagan Presidential Library for some of her seniors. But as I write this I can’t stop smiling. Whether we’re together or apart, she is my joy, and I know she’ll always come home!

I know marriage doesn’t sort out this way for everyone, and it makes us sad when we find couples who haven’t learned how to cling to each other, even in their differences and learn to rely on him together. Sara and I have been through some painful times. There was even a season of pain, I wasn’t sure our marriage would survive. What we enjoy now is the fruit of a lifetime shared and I do think there is a way for every couple, if they will explore it TOGETHER, to find their way into the absolute joy and bliss God had in mind when he made a man and a woman and put them in his garden together. Don’t give up! It’s worth sorting out with Father, and with your spouse!

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  1. Steve May 17, 2006 at 7:14 pm

    Wayne, may you and Sara have many more happy aniversaries.

  2. Steve May 17, 2006 at 10:14 pm

    Wayne, may you and Sara have many more happy aniversaries.

  3. rob lane May 17, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Cheers to 31 years and to 31 more!!!!!!! Thanks so much for coming to Sacramento. Peace and grace. Love ya bro!

  4. rob lane May 18, 2006 at 1:46 am

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Cheers to 31 years and to 31 more!!!!!!! Thanks so much for coming to Sacramento. Peace and grace. Love ya bro!

  5. Richard May 18, 2006 at 3:29 am

    Wayne and Sara,

    God’s richest and best to you now, and always!
    My wife and I celebrated our 32 Anniversary this year, she is the trasure of my life.

  6. Richard May 18, 2006 at 6:29 am

    Wayne and Sara,

    God’s richest and best to you now, and always!
    My wife and I celebrated our 32 Anniversary this year, she is the trasure of my life.

  7. Greg May 18, 2006 at 10:22 am

    Wayne, thanks for sharing that. I know exactly what you mean, and I have only been married to my wife for 8.5 years now. Your words about your relationship with Sara brought out the joy inside me surrounding the gift God has given me in my wife.

    May you both have many more years of friendship here! Congrats 🙂

  8. Jill May 18, 2006 at 11:25 am

    Wayne,
    It’s wonderful to hear the way you speak of Sara and your relationship. I’ve heard you also mention things about her journey and discovery of who she is in God. I would really love to hear more about that. Maybe someday she’ll write a book about her growth and experiences! That would be cool.

  9. Greg May 18, 2006 at 1:22 pm

    Wayne, thanks for sharing that. I know exactly what you mean, and I have only been married to my wife for 8.5 years now. Your words about your relationship with Sara brought out the joy inside me surrounding the gift God has given me in my wife.

    May you both have many more years of friendship here! Congrats 🙂

  10. Jill May 18, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    Wayne,
    It’s wonderful to hear the way you speak of Sara and your relationship. I’ve heard you also mention things about her journey and discovery of who she is in God. I would really love to hear more about that. Maybe someday she’ll write a book about her growth and experiences! That would be cool.

  11. Theresa Lode May 19, 2006 at 9:25 am

    Here’s to another 31 wonderful years! And thank you for confirming what my beloved and I continue to learn after 18 years of marriage…..it just keeps getting better and better and better…..

    Warmest regards to you and Sara!

  12. Dave Aldrich May 19, 2006 at 11:59 am

    Congratulations and blessings, Wayne and Sara.

    Dave

  13. Theresa Lode May 19, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    Here’s to another 31 wonderful years! And thank you for confirming what my beloved and I continue to learn after 18 years of marriage…..it just keeps getting better and better and better…..

    Warmest regards to you and Sara!

  14. Dave Aldrich May 19, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    Congratulations and blessings, Wayne and Sara.

    Dave

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