On September 3rd, my husband and I will celebrate another anniversary. This morning when we were praying together before he departed for work, I felt a need to set my focus on the year ahead rather than on the year we are about to celebrate. We haven’t done that before.
Anniversaries essentially celebrate that we completed another year. It is like patting each other on the back and saying “we made it”. Thinking about it now, I can recall a few of those years back that those pats on the back were accompanied by rolling eyes. It hasn’t always been a joy to say, “we made it to the end of the year.” When we made it to a decade, I couldn’t really say I was in the mood for celebrating though that was supposed to be a major milestone. People put different emphasis on the meaning of the years of a marriage whether it is year 1, 5, 10 or 50. I rather not dwell on the significance of the meaning of the number itself but rather what that meaning represents in the lives of the couple who are celebrating those years of longevity. We will commemorate the end of year 11 at the same time we are approaching the beginning of year 12.
As we prayed this morning, I thought about the season that we have been going through. In one word, I would call it PRESS. On SEP 3rd, 2015, we celebrated our anniversary with a trip, without the children (Thank you Mom), to the Shenandoah Valley. We had a great time. The morning of our anniversary last year, we got up and prayed together. During that time of prayer, I remember repeating the words of Genesis 1:28. These words God spoke to Adam and Eve on the day of their wedding, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” I declared to my husband on that day that we would hearken to the voice of God and we would multiply and we would both have dominion because Our Father has blessed us to do so. I understood in that moment that God’s multiplication doesn’t just concern more human seed. God’s multiplication means “to sow” in the earth and produce. I have come to understand that such a profound declaration brought about the press but it also brought about fruit.
Here is what we experienced in the past year from SEP 2015 until NOW as a result of THE PRESS
- Our backyard garden increased both in the fall and summer crops abundantly so that we were able to share with family and friends (which is what we had prayed).
- My husband received a pay increase and two occupational recognitions for his service.
- Our vehicle loan was paid off and we are driving two debt free automobiles.
- I was blessed with the job I prayed for which increased income into our home.
- We birthed Notes and Conversation for writing and community building using the resources and gifts we have been blessed with from God.
- Many more blessings…
Oh but the PRESS also brought warfare, struggle, and pain. I won’t list those for you. Just suffice to say that tears have been a constant reminder of the discomfort of the PRESS.
Recently the PRESS has become really intense. But we have discerned what YEAR 12 means for us. The breastplate garment for the Hebrew priest represented judgement and decision. The breastplate was decorated with twelve stones for the 12 tribes of Israel and served as a reminder of the great decisions and responsibility the priests held in serving God before these 12 tribes, the people of God. I see this coming year is a great year of decision which will bring about transition and opportunity as we serve before the people of God. I declare, “WE RECEIVE IT”. From now on, I am looking forward. We may be celebrating YEAR 11 but my jubilation will be in anticipation of YEAR 12. Can’t wait to celebrate the halfiversary of YEAR 12 in MAR 2017. (I learned the word halfiversary from watching the PBS Channel show Odd Squad with the children.) There is a blessing in the pressing!
Happy Anniversary to Tyrone and QuaWanna Bannarbie. Here’s to more celebrations to come!
How about you, what was your last anniversary year like? Share it with us in the comments.