Last night my church had its annual Thanksgiving praise service. It’s an open mike night, and I headed joyfully to the front to deliver this thanksgiving:

I would like to give thanks to the Lord for giving me his favor in the form of a beautiful, godly new wife, Laura, whom I met in this church building—in that hallway—in a College and Career ministry team meeting.

In my search for a godly wife I studied carefully Genesis 2; Proverbs 31; Ephesians 5; and 1 Corinthians 7; and I sought the wise counsel of my parents and of my elders here, especially Mr. Wiginton and Pastor Vincent—many times. I read good books and paid attention at school. And I even listened carefully to the testimonies of happy husbands at services like this.

But it was only God’s overflowing grace that gave me this wife. I could not have known the future as he did. After 6 months of marriage I can honestly say I had no idea how wonderful it would be. Laura is a Proverbs 31 woman. Yes, I eat a lot better and my towels are all folded. But most of all I have a wise, godly companion who both sharpens and softens me. I praise the Lord that 20 years ago he turned the hearts of Laura’s parents to him (they were then totally lost) and formed up for me a helper who fits me.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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