50 Years

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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!

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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!

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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. 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!!! ❤

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  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

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    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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