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24th Anniversary!

Happy 24th Anniversary

  • Since we just celebrated our 24th anniversary on July 7th I’ve decided to tell you a little bit about the wonderful husband the Lord has given me.
  • We met when he moved into the apartment next door to me, so I like to say I married the boy next door.
  • There is a much more romantic version that I’ll share some other time.
  • I think it’s safe to say that Dan almost knows me better than I know myself.

He is a wonderful husband, provider, and father. Dan is a physician specializing in Internal Medicine. When he was in medical school I used to call it eternal medicine because it seemed like the studying would never end.

He recently changed jobs to be in a more family-friendly setting, so we are still getting used to having him around a lot more of the time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful, but does take some time to adjust. He has a great since of humor, is very gentle, and loves the Lord with all his heart.

  • We were married in July 1984 after knowing each other for about 3 years.
  • I’m still grateful for the opportunity to get to know him so well before we became romantically involved.
  • In fact, I think romance was the last thing either of us expected, since he is more than 9 years younger than I am. After becoming very good friends he told me one day that he felt more than just friendship toward me.
  • I did too but I was reluctant to admit it.  One of my most sincere prayers during that time was, “Oh Lord, please don’t let me be a foolish old woman.” – With the emphasis on foolish and old!

I am still amazed that this wonderful man was willing to take me on with all my “baggage”. We were and still are very different.

  • He was raised in a Christian home and gave his life to the Lord as a young man.
  • I threw away my life by the time I was 19 and didn’t allow the Lord to rescue me until I was 30; when we met I had only known the Lord for a few years. I was divorced, and a single mother. I also had a child I had placed for adoption. Messy, to say the least! Dan had never been married and certainly had no children.

It wasn’t until he asked me to marry him that I realized all that he was offering me. He was so innocent and pure and I was, well… I was well-used to say the least. It broke my heart to know I had nothing comparable to offer him. But this wonderful man said to me, “To me you are a new person. When you gave your life to the Lord He said He would make you a new creature in Christ and I believe He has done that.” To this day, he has never treated me otherwise. He has never brought my past up or thrown it in my face. I have his full trust and he treats me like his queen.

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust,

and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.” Joel 2:25

This is part of the ongoing story of God’s restoration in my life.
Finding Joy in the Journey,

Phyllis Sather
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  • Joy
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Happy Anniversary, Phyllis! Everything truly is possible with the Lord! Thanks for sharing your story. May God continue to bless your marriage abundantly!


  • Deanne
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 7:14 AM

    What a beautiful testimony of God’s awesome presence and grace! Congratulations on your 24 years, Phyllis.
    Love Deanne

  • Jennie Heberg
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 5:07 AM

    WOW! How similar can two lives be. Yes, my husband is 3 years younger than me, I’m his first and only wife, I’ve been married prior to knowing him twice. His vision of me is the same as your husband’s is of you. Can you imagine seeing another in that light? God has truly knit us together and yes I am fully restored but every once in a while need a little maintenance. Our 10 year old is the joy of (my old age) as he was born only 5 months prior to my 43rd birthday (at 42 years of age). Lots of people thought we were wrong at bringing a child to life at ‘our age’ but, you know, God had other plans. Talk about God’s faithfulness – how awesome can it get? Sure, we have times of struggle but the outcome is always better than it would be if there was always smooth sailing.
    God bless you, Phyllis, and keep the emails coming. I begin a daily devotional in September and will include you in my book. God bless you!

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