50 Years


half a century

of loving and living 

half a century

of sacrificial giving

half a century 

as husband and wife

half a century

of love in Christ

half a century

an example so great

50 years- 

we celebrate!


My husband and I went out of town recently for a very special occasion.  My in-laws celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary!  All of the family got together to celebrate at one of their favorite restaurants. It was a beautiful night!  My mother in-law was even able to get a wedding cake made from the same bakery that did their original one- 50 years ago!


My in-laws have had a huge impact on my life. I met them when I was only 17 years old- a know-it-all, cynical young adult.  My own parents separated and later divorced when I was 16- leaving me to question everything I knew- about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. But my (future) in-laws loved me anyway. They saw past my mile-high guard rails and the walls I put up around myself- and welcomed me into their family with open arms.  They where among the first people to really show me what it was like to love like He loves us- without judgement, free of expectation. They saw me like He saw me.  

During their anniversary dinner, my mother in-law was chatting with me.  She reminded me of a conversation we had nearly 20 years ago. 

“Do you remember me asking you if you had ever considered becoming a minister of music?”

I vaguely remembered this conversation… and remembered thinking NO WAY would I EVER want do that…

“I always knew you had a calling on your life” she told me at their celebration dinner.  “Even back then.”  

Many times she has told me how she prayed for her sons’ future spouses- even when her boys were babies. What an awesome thought that she had been praying for ME all those years!!

I am grateful. 

And grateful to been adopted into their family…. and into His! 

I am blessed.  

Happy 50th Anniversary!! 


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Julie is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has a passion for leading worship, writing songs, preaching, teaching, and thrift store shopping. Julie has two amazing teenage daughters, two dogs ("fur babies"), and one wonderful hubby :)

14 thoughts on “50 Years

      1. Lol….they are lovely and lively :). They have always called me their “daughter-in-love”…I am thankful for how they have loved me all these years 🙂


      2. Oh!!! Julie…that is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard!! Tears to my eyes beautiful! I am so happy you know that kind of love! Do you know that the beautiful love that surrounds you is so easily seen…and felt? So many blessings!!! ❤


  1. Julie I posted on this topic when it first came out.I appoligize my internet is messed up. What a joyous occasion and blessing to celbrate ask these years of faithfulness and love. Prayer is of the upmost importance as I am sure you can attest to first hand. Many folks are glad you yielded to the hand of God and followed his will for you.

    I prayed and pray for ask my grandchildren before they were born or conceived. I pray you and your family hand many more blessed years following Jesus.

    Much love Tom


    1. Tom, thank you so much for your encouraging words and for taking the time to leave a comment 🙂 They loved me like their own daughter from the first day I met them. It took me many years to understand that it was the love of Jesus flowing through them. I am so thankful for God’s grace and for His blessings…God is good. All the time!!

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