1/3 of The Time

September 5th 2009

If you spent a significant amount of time with someone and 1/3 of the time you spent with them they were sick, hurting, having surgery, recovering from surgery, having seizures, recovering from seizures, being diagnosed for yet more odd symptoms, or just plain having a bad day because they were tired of feeling like that all of time, how would you react to that?

Seems like an odd question I know-but tomorrow my husband and I celebrate 12 years of marriage, and for 1/3 of that time that is exactly what my husband has dealt with and his reaction to it has amazed me.  It was 4 years ago that I started to get sick, and in this last 4 years my husband has never wavered in his commitment to me, he has never told me he had enough, he has never gotten angry because of our situation, and he has never once allowed what is happening to shake his firm belief that the Lord is faithful to us.  1/3 of our marriage I have been sick, and not just with a cold!  1/3 of our marriage I have been just about 1/3 useful!  Yet my husband has still been 100% committed to what he said when he stood with me 12 years ago and told me “for better for worse in sickness and in health till death do us part”.  We have had our sickness and our worse.  I’m not saying we won’t have more, what I am saying is I know my husband won’t waver if and when it comes again.

So tomorrow when we celebrate our 12th anniversary I will thank the Lord for Mike, and for giving me just the right husband for me.  I will thank the Lord for giving me a man who didn’t just utter words on our wedding day, but who made a commitment to both me and the Lord to stand by what those words meant.  It may be true that 1/3 of the time we have had together has been in sickness and the worse, but because it was with the Lord, and because Mike stood by his commitment to me, the burden of it was light.


  1. He’s a remarkable man! As you are a remarkably strong woman. Congrats to you on 12 years of marriage! I pray that ‘the latter will be greater’!

    Comment by Lisa Mongold — September 5, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

  2. You are truly blessed. I find it amazing how when God truly puts two people together He really knows what we need. Congrats! Kelly

    Comment by Kelly J Eveleth — September 5, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

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