In Sickness And In Health

Sept. 27, 1986

Sept. 27, 1986

Yesterday Greg and I celebrated 27 years of wedded bliss! Ok….maybe EVERY day has not been bliss, but it has certainly been 27 wonderful years! The Lord has blessed us and strengthened our marriage over the years. I am so thankful to have a husband that strives to love me like Christ loved the church!

Unfortunately, Greg didn’t feel much like celebrating. We got home from Houston on Thursday afternoon and he dozed off and on for the rest of the day. Yesterday he went in to work and by lunch time he was in tremendous pain from the tumor growth in his ribs. He has a hard time taking a deep breath because of the pain. It was late when he got home, and after some pain medicine and a little time in his recliner, the pain eased a bit. He is still not sleeping well at night because of the pain and night sweats.

Thankfully Greg’s appetite has been pretty good and he is eating well. So, since he didn’t feel like going out to celebrate, I made him one of his favorite meals for dinner…..linguine with clam sauce and Coca-Cola cake for dessert. It wasn’t our typical anniversary celebration, but that’s ok….I’m just thankful that we were together and at home, not in Houston!

When we were married 27 years ago, we vowed to love one another “in sickness and in health.” This year we are experiencing the “in sickness” part of our vows……I pray that next year we will again experience the “in health” part! It is so hard seeing someone you love be sick and in pain, and feel helpless to do anything about it. At the ages of 21 and 22, we had not idea that this was in our future. But on Sept. 27, 1986, God knew that this is what we would be experiencing on our 27th anniversary. Nothing takes Him by surprise. And just as Greg and I have been faithful to our vows all of these years, He continues to be faithful to us….He will never leave us or forsake us. He is WITH us and He is FOR us!

We did it!

We did it!

Please continue to pray for the following:
1. That our family would handle our present circumstances in a way that pleases the Lord and points others to Him
2. That the pain that Greg is experiencing would subside
3. That we would see the COMPLETE healing of Greg’s body SOON!
4. That the night sweats would stop so that Greg could get good rest at night
5. That our family would not listen to the lies of satan and fall into discouragement, depression, hopelessness or defeat

He is faithful and He is good!

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Eph. 5:25

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecc. 4:9-12

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Cor. 4:16-18

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Trusting His Plan,
Greg, Sandra, Katie, Emilie and Jacob


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sonya Slaton
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 09:14:16

    Praying for you guys right now! Thank you for sharing your heart. Love you guys!



  2. Amanda Owenby
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 09:52:23

    I absolutely LOVE that second wedding photo! Looks like you are saying “well, here we go!”. Like you said, for the sickness and health, blessings and struggles…so grateful you were home together. Am sure the favorite dinner you made Greg was a blessing to him! Happy belated anniversary!!!!



  3. Faye
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 10:15:25

    My goodness, look at your eyes! I can see Jacob in them!
    Happy Anniversary!!!



  4. Claudia Voigt
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 10:28:07

    What a sweet couple you both are/were! love is evident in your lives – for each other and the Lord! 27 years isn’t long enough! praying you enjoy many more anniversaries to come with health and blessings!



  5. celeste
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 21:12:05

    Happy Anniversary to you both! Wow, that picture was fun to see! We are praying for Greg. May he get good rest tonight and relief from pain.



  6. Dana Rilling
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 12:56:01

    Thank you for sharing and I absolutely love the pictures! Happy Anniversary to both of you and I am so glad you got to spend it at home, both of you are such an inspiration to many people! Greg, I pray each day that your pain will be less and you will feel better soon.



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