Wednesday, June 25, 2014

53 years ago today

Fifty Three years ago I was 17 and I married my high school sweetheart Duane.   We were married 28 years before he lost his life to Esophagus Cancer at the age of 47.  I was 43.  My world fell apart and I had to make a new life.  I wondered how I would go on, but I did.  I made a new life for myself, not always making the wisest decisions, but learned a lot by during those years of being single.  One of the hardest things was making decisions by myself.  There were some rough years, but I made it!
After 6 years, God blessed me and sent me another wonderful husband...Jon. We have been married 20 years and it has been truly a great 20 years!!! 

My very favorite verses are Philippians 4: 6-7  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Every time I would be afraid or anxious during Duane's illness and after his death I would repeat this verse. It was a huge comfort to me and is still my favorite verse after all these years.



Diane said...

Oh Joan, you brought tears to my eyes, not only for your loss, but the verse as well as the post!!! Such a gorgeous couple you were....17, so young and just starting out in life....but I know you are very happy now, too and Jon is a great husband to you and a great support in all that you do....I love your verse...I love your post..hugs to you!!

ednamburgess said...

Such a sad story with a happy ending. Glad things worked out well for you. Congratulations on your 20 new years. Edna

Dorothy S said...

Thank you for sharing your bittersweet memories - truly, God is amazing.