Celebrating Forty One Years of Marriage

Celebrating Forty One Years of Marriage

Today is our 41st anniversary! Forty one years with the same man. It’s a huge blessing in many, many ways. As many of you know, our first twenty years were rough. We argued a lot, thus we didn’t enjoy each other much, yet divorce was never an option for us. Once we married, we both knew it was for life. We determined from the get-go to be covenant keepers.

We’ve raised four children together. Now, we are enjoying our married children, their spouses, and our grandchildren together. Divorce causes division and heartache. Committed marriage of two believers in Jesus Christ should bring peace and harmony. Once I began showing good will towards my husband and understood our roles clearly, we began enjoying each other and our home has been filled with peace.

It’s worth fighting for your marriage, women. I recommend it highly!

The day after we took this picture, we both came down with what we thought was a cold. That night, I began vomiting and had trouble walking. I also had a fierce headache. I finally fell asleep in the morning. About 12:30 pm, Ken put his hand on my forehead and told me I had Covid. He had taken the test, and it was positive for him. He gave me one, and it was positive immediately. I had a rough couple of days, but by the third day, I could walk around the home some. Ken never was bed ridden. We’ve had it for a week now and are still recovering. I got Covid as I was recovering from shingles! It hasn’t been an easy December for me, but God is still good and so gracious to us. Our Christmas celebration was canceled, but we will all celebrate soon as a family.

Any marriage that lasts a lifetime will have plenty of trials and tribulations to go through along with a lot of joy and happiness. The key is to stick it out through the hard times. Trials make us stronger and more like Christ. Ken and I sharpen each other. Marriage is good! God created it for us and everything He creates is good.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:7,8)

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Mark 10:6-9

20 thoughts on “Celebrating Forty One Years of Marriage

  1. Happy Anniversary.
    I’m so glad to hear you are recovering from Covid.
    You and Ken are such a blessing to so many.
    Thank you for all you do.

  2. Happy anniversary! I’m pleased to hear you both are on the mend! I wonder if you can get a Covid antibody test. Our family has been around numerous people who a day or so after spending time with them call us to say they got COVID but as far as we know, we haven’t gotten it.

  3. Happy Anniversary, Lori and Ken!

    You’ve managed to do something that used to be commonplace in times gone by, but that has now become a precious rarity: keep your marriage together. My own parents were together for 53 years until my father’s death and I wanted so much to emulate their example. Sadly, my (now ex-)wife had other ideas.

    May you both enjoy many more decades together! God bless you both!

  4. Happy anniversary! Love the picture of you two. I’m glad you are both feeling better now. I imagine you had prepped your body with plenty of vitamin c and d and then took zinc and quercetin or the like once you realized you had it. I’ve noticed that people who have been preparing their body to fight off the illness do very well. I’m glad it’s over and done with for you two – now you don’t need to worry any more about getting it!

  5. Happy Anniversary to you and Ken!
    I wish you a speedy recovery from COVID and I hope you will be able to celebrate soon with your extended family. Happy New Year!

  6. Congratulations Ken and Lori! In a nation wracked by divorce, and which worships rebellious women, your achievement is truly remarkable.

  7. God Bless Your 41 years of marriage (My VT2),
    You are loved from the east coast and prayed for “you precious people of the cross”! So thankful God is allowing you the strength to keep writing and posting to help many women in their marriages – especially mine :)! To God be the Glory! I do hope you are one of my neighbors in Heaven. Psalm 34:3

  8. I have been with my husband since I was 17. Married at 19. Now almost together 39 years. We have the added stress of a disabled child. Statistics state that there is a huge divorce rate in such families. We stuck through it. Tough at times? You bet! Stressed? Always. Love abounds though. He is truly my best friend, lover, confidant and soul mate.

  9. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! My husband and I have been married only 2 years but I pray we make it to forever! Your blog is inspiring ❤️

  10. Happy anniversary! 41 years together is a pretty incredible achievement 🙂
    You give me hope. I’ve been married almost 20 years, and not very many of those years have been happy. My husband wants to give up. He tells me to leave, all the time. I don’t want to, I want to keep fighting for our marriage, but I will probably have to give up. If I manage to stay, I hope we make it to 41 years, and I hope our next 20 years are happy ones.

  11. Always remember, unless there is physical, mental or emotional abuse in the marriage it’s always better and CHEAPER to stay married. My husband and I have been married for twenty two years. We both have always said neither one of us can afford to get divorced. I’ve been a homemaker from day one of our marriage and continue to be home full-time with our children,which I homeschool. My husband makes a very good salary(thanks be to God) however that great salary wouldn’t go very far if he had to pay all the costs of divorced life.

  12. Happy anniversary, Lori and Ken! You two are such a beautiful example of biblical marriage. I am a wife and stay-at-home mother of two (8 and 5.) The first few years of our marriage were similarly turbulent because I was not treating my husband with respect and I CERTAINLY wasn’t serving him. I was NOT a biblical wife. I’m happy to report, however, that after implementing changes (serving him, being submissive, etc.) we are solid. Thank you for all your good advice about biblical womanhood and being a keeper at home. My house is clean, I look after my children, and I cook nutritious meals for my family. Speaking of healthy food… Do you have any advice about picky eaters? I cook very healthy food 97 percent of the time (we have an odd pizza night) but my children complain and complain and don’t eat much of the time. I’m at my wit’s end. Any wisdom on this subject? Thanks, Lori, and God bless you. I hope your recovery is going well:-)

  13. I’m so grateful for you two! And for your recovery. Oh, THANK GOD!

    Keep up the good work, and God bless us everyone!

    *hugs* from Guam on New Year’s Eve,
    Kelley Dibble
    (Our 41st is in May! Right behind you.)

  14. Congratulations, Lori and Ken! That’s a great achievement, 41 years together! Have you always been religious or did it come over time through your marriage?
    So sorry that you got Covid, get well soon!
    Happy New Year and all the best wishes!

  15. In reply to Paula, well done on your long marriage! Having a disabled child puts a huge strain on a marriage. It’s extremely difficult!! My own marriage is struggling because of it. Do you have any words of advise, Lori?

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