Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Happy 26th anniversary, Mom and Dad!  This is better than the Silver Anniversary.  Why?  It’s the next one.  The next one is always better than the previous one.  (Perhaps I could say, “Happy first anniversary of the second 25”?)

Thanks for being an example of the Trinity — very much one, yet very different.  Thanks for being an example of Christ and the Church — lovingly sacrificing, humbly submitting, and leading your children to love God.  Thanks for teaching me what kind of man to be, and what kind of woman to marry.

It’s been a blessing to see you model the covenant-love that Solomon writes about:

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealously is fierce as the grave.  Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD.  Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.  If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised (Songs 8:6-7).

I love you both!


Happy Valentine’s Day, Carly Anne

Carly and I get to spend our first Valentine’s Day 10,000 miles apart.  I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but I do like celebrations and if you love Jesus, then everything is a celebration.  So, here’s 14 things (among thousands) I celebrate about you, Carly, my best friend, my love, and my bride-to-be.

You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of our necklace.
– Song of Solomon 4:9

Happy Valentine’s Day, darling.

I love you!
james michael

  1. You love Jesus with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and want others to love him too.
  2. Your desire to love, respect, and follow me is incredible.  I couldn’t ask for a better helper and (soon-to-be) life-partner.
  3. You are a constant encouragement to me in life, ministry, and everything.
  4. You want to have a big family and work at home with our (probably crazy) kids.
  5. You are excited about Papa John’s pizza and a rental movie for a romantic date night.
  6. You tend to laugh (or roll your eyes) at everything humorous I say even if no one else does.
  7. You read Spurgeon and Piper sermons.
  8. You get embarrassed when I compliment you, and then you are even cuter than what you did before to make me compliment you in the first place.
  9. You are super-talented at music.
  10. You are a wonderful writer and are just as gifted with words as you say I am.
  11. Your personality and communication techniques are so opposite from mine, yet I have learned (and continue to learn) to enjoy our diversity.
  12. You love my family despite their (our) quirks and eccentricities.
  13. You know and love the Bible and believe in its power, authority, and centrality.
  14. You are absolutely gorgeous, and I couldn’t imagine waking up next to anyone else for the rest of my life.