Twenty-five years ago today at 5 in the afternoon, friends and family gathered at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas to see the most amazing girl in the world say “I do” to me. It’s hard to believe Dawn and I have been married long enough to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. She gave me two amazing children, Drew and Abbey, whom we both love dearly.
In 1985, Dawn and I were both involved in preparation – ministry training and serving in a local church in North Carolina. By the end of 1988, we were seeing plans unfold to move back to my hometown to plant a new local church. Over 21 years have passed.
All that we have accomplished for the sake of the Kingdom of God, we have done together. She’s stood beside me in faith when I’ve stood in isolation trusting God for a vision to be realized. She’s laughed with me and at me and given me the unvarnished truth when I’ve needed to hear it. She’s cried with me and prayed for me. She’s hurt when I’ve hurt; been angry when people do the stupid things they do to ministry and gotten over it and loved them anyway. She’s rejoiced in the seasons of God’s favor and enlargement and been overwhelmed at the work of God in the people that she loves so much. She’s opened our home with a gracious spirit and cooked amazing meals that have been enjoyed by family and friends for over two decades now.
She has been a fantastic mother to Drew and Abbey – running the family shuttle service to baseball games from T-ball to high school for Drew and gymnastics, dance and violin lessons for Abbey. She’s been the glue that holds our home together – the one who made it all work when I’ve been out of town or in a foreign country preaching the gospel or on a late night hospital call. She did all that after she taught science all day long at the local junior high school. Over the last 21 years, she has served in and led just about every area of ministry including nursery, Kingdom Kids, youth and ladies’ ministry among several others.
In and through all of that, she is the love of my life and my best friend. I thank God for her. “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” (Proverbs 31: 28-31) Thanks for being an amazing wife and my best friend.