Encouragement for Today~In today's world of swirling circumstances, we need to be reminded of how much we are loved by God.

Long Lasting Relationship=


40 Years Later37th-anniversary-collage

37 years married plus 3 dating years….and we realize that there is no “magical formula” for having a “Long Lasting” relationship.

But there are five things that seem to cement us together year after year.

1. Laughing……at things we do, situations we find ourselves in, television shows, movies, tough times, crazy times; and yes, at each other.

2. Learning……new hobbies, how to’s, rules to games, about surrender to Christ in our lives, how to continuously rest in Christ;  and yes, about each other.

3. Living….even when times are tough, one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time;
appreciating each and every moment we are given on this earth while taking nothing
for granted; and yes, with each other.

4. Liking……others in our lives, where we are at any given time, spending time together; and yes, each other.

5. Loving….unconditionally: family, friends, the unloveable, Christ; and yes, each other.

Seems pretty simple, but it often isn’t. Surrendering to Christ and making a point to love our spouse as Christ loves will prayerfully give us a firm foundation.IMG_0005

He says I am a keeper, and I feel the same way about him. So here is to another year!


~Be Encouraged Today~Isaiah 55_8-9Tammy


Author: sptchmom777

I love Jesus. If I say nothing else, that is enough. But for those curiosity seekers, I am a 60 year old former special education teacher, current part time CCM Radio Announcer and author... who is married to her high school sweetheart. We have been together for 44 years, married almost 41 of those years! We have raised two sons, who are now married, have jobs and mortgages. AND...we became grandparents to a beautiful baby girl in 2018!! We also have our furry son, a West Highland Terrier. My heart's desire is to encourage people in their daily life. I believe that the Father speaks to us all the time, sometimes I have been too busy to listen. Even during times of trials and troubles, which seem endless right now in 2020, HE is present and loves us unconditionally. Thanks for reading. ~Be Encouraged Today~

7 thoughts on “Long Lasting Relationship=

  1. What a lovely testimony to a strong, loving marriage. Excellent post! Even through the hard times, if Christ is our Anchor, we are forever tethered to True Loving Values which aren’t disposable. Happy Anniversary dear friends ❤

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    • Thank you sweet Ellie! I know you could add to that list as well. I love “tethered to True Loving Values”. Have you ever thought of writing? 😉 I guess I need to do some interviews. Thanks so much for reading!

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      • Oh you are so sweet, thanks for the compliment. Yes, we have a lot in common dear friend. A long life together is full of laughs but also challenges. It’s been 47 years for us. Marriage to me is not disposable and I love him too much to throw him back after he caught me. 🙂

        By the way, I’ve published previously and you should consider it too. It is a joy to fall in love with our characters. I’ve written two coming-of-age novels (e-books – chick-lit, 🙂 ) working on the final installment, and my non-fiction work, “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese . . .” focusing on our mental, spiritual and physical connection to food has sold internationally. Even though each received excellent 4-5 star reviews, one doesn’t get noticed unless books get promoted and I’ve been too busy as a pastor’s wife to do so. In case I don’t hear from you before Christmas, have a very merry one!

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      • I was actually being sarcastic about writing because I do have one of your books…but have not read it yet. 😦 Hopefully over Christmas break I can get some reading done! You are simply amazing my friends and I am so grateful for “meeting” you through our blogs! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

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      • Oh how could your sweet personality EVER be sarcastic??? Ha, there’s another devious side to you . . . hmm?! Well thanks for getting one of my books, I’m honored and now nervous that you’ll like it, 🙂 Have a Merry Christmas too, ❤

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  2. aww! Thank You for sharing – You guys are a wonderful example to look to – when there is so much divorce today. I loved seeing your picture from when you were first together until now. Happy Anniversary!

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