Grace For The Journey
Tomorrow is the birthday of the love of my life. This is my birthday card to my beloved Kay, who turns the page on yet another year. She is more than I ever could have asked for or deserved as a wife, mother, and unquestionably my best friend in all the world.
Kay, I find it hard to put into words what joy you have brought into my life since we met in the counseling area of the Field House on the campus of Southwest Baptist College as we waited for friends to be counseled following a Spring Revival Service in 1972.
What began as a wonderful friendship has become a wonderful life together. I had heard the phrase, “I cannot remember life before you,” but I had no idea what it meant until I met you. The Bible says it is not good for man to be alone, so God made a “helpmate” for him. You, my beloved, are wonderful helpmate to me. As the word implies you have “complimented,” “completed,” and helped me every step of the way. Without you, there would have been very little forward movement in my life.
What a “magical” wedding we had on August 11, 1973! And how could it have been any other way? It was a whirlwind of events that led up to that blessed day. I clearly remember most of them, but I especially remember the day you said, “Yes.” Never has a “yes” sounded so sweet to me, before that day or since.
Out of hearts for Him, God has given us hearts for one another. He has given us so much together. And by His grace, you gave us four beautiful, remarkable children: Cathy in 1976, Stacy in 1981, Lindsay in 1983, and Ashley in 1991.
You have stayed right by my side through all the storms and successes. You have never wavered in your commitment and love. What an incredible life we’ve had together so far! As a boy, I had dreams of what it would be like to be married; Kay, you are more than I could have ever dreamed of as a friend, wife, ministry partner, and the mother of our children. You are certainly far more than I deserve. I love you so very much, Kay, and I thank God for you every day.
Happy Birthday to the woman who is my best friend in all the world . . . the one who has never wavered!
Thank you for living the Gospel; thank you for giving me grace!