When we were newlyweds in 1989, Russell studied at a Bible college in Dallas, Texas and worked at a Christian bookstore. One day he surprised me with a New King James Version Bible, my new married name etched in silver on the pink leather. It was my first leather Bible and I loved the way it felt in my hands, and when I wrote in the margin my handwriting was extra neat. My notes from a sermon on Psalm 63 read, “Passion for God: Seek Him, Bless Him, Meditate on Him, Follow Him.” O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You… Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live… When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches… My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.
These timeless truths continue to be a trustworthy compass. God’s Word is a foundation for marriage and I thank God for the many lessons that I learned at Audelia Road Baptist Church during that formative time in our lives. Over two decades later, even though the miles separate us, it is a joy to be connected to those from our newly-married Sunday school class, and we continue to learn about new stages of life and closeness to God. May God be blessed with each day He gives as we seek Him, praise Him, meditate on Him, and follow our good and faithful Guide. Passion for a spouse and passion for God can grow deeper as the years grow longer, especially as we live aware of God’s lovingkindness in each day.