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My Lovely Wife

My anniversary is fast approaching and another year spent with my lovely wife is about to go into the history books. We’ve learned a lot about each other over the years, but there is always mystery and new discoveries.
In our earlier years I found out that neither of us likes to leave the cap off of the toothpaste. We both agree on that, and on which way the toilet paper should flow off the roll. (Over the top) But I did discover that no matter how much I explain the correct way to squeeze a tube of toothpaste my wife will only squash out her toothpaste by squishing the middle of the tube. So each night, after she has brushed her teeth I have to take out the misshapen tube and squeeze it from the bottom like it was intended to be squeezed in order to fill back up the middle of the tube. I’ve also learned that after a few weeks some tubes will wear out and begin to leak in the middle.
Also, after a few decades I now know that when I make toast for my wife she likes the butter spread completely from end to end. She doesn’t like just a single pat of butter lying in the middle of her slice of toast nor the butter spread out to near the end but she wants the entire face of her toast to have evenly spread butter. Even if it melts and runs off onto her shirt.
And more recently I discovered that my wife hates to go anywhere without a pair of earrings in her ears. But she doesn’t always remember to put them in. So there have been occasions in which we’ve left the house and I’m thinking we’ll be on time. But then we have to return for her to find some earrings to wear to whatever function we are attending albeit now in a tardy fashion.
I’ve given the matter a lot of thought and have counseled my lovely wife that it is in her best interest to keep a pair of ‘emergency earrings’ stashed in all of her purses, her car or in her pockets. So that if she happens to leave the house without any she will have some handy to put in before we get to wherever we are going. She has countless earrings to accomplish this but so far hasn’t seemed to take my suggestion seriously.
So the mystery and discovery goes on. And as the years roll by I am always making new discoveries about this mysterious creature who is my lovely wife. The one whose smile looks lovely to me even without earrings, who is thoughtful and sweet to serve me evenly buttered toast with my coffee and gives me a perfect squeeze when she knows I’m feeling low.
In the same way as the years go by I am learning new things about my Savior, Jesus Christ. I’ve learned that He desires me to grow closer to Him, to make new discoveries about Him and to commit myself more to Him. And He wants me to be interested in what He is interested in and to be busy where He is busy. As time goes by I marvel more and more at His love for me. Between the Lord and my lovely wife, I am quite blessed!
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. Mark 12.30 NKJV
Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5.33 NKJV


  1. Deb Greve says:

    You really have a wonderful talent with words Paul! I hope that you and Carolyn have a lovely and blessed time celebrating the love you share with each other on your Anniversary and every day of the coming year!

    1. Thank you for your kind words!

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