July 26, 2020
This guest blog-post is written by my beloved wife, Sandra Plumley, and I will be reading it for the first time when it is posted.
In Matthew 22:37, Jesus explained the Greatest Commandment. He said:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Jesus goes on to say the next most important commandment is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All 10 Commandments are summarized into those two. I have always done my best, with God’s help, to follow His Commandments, and He has blessed my life abundantly, particularly with my loving husband and family.
On May 8, 1965, Spencer and I went on our first date. I was 15, and Spencer was 16. Within a month of our first date, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. Exactly six months after our first date, we eloped. It was three days after my sixteenth birthday, and Spencer turned seventeen about three weeks later. We have had a wonderful marriage – not perfect, but we have loved each other through the ups and downs. We are what the current culture calls Soulmates, and Spencer is truly the love of my life.
God richly blessed us with three beautiful children, and each of them was dedicated to God when they were infants. Today is a special day: on this date, July 26, our second child was born, 49 years ago, at 6:52 p.m.
Happy Birthday, John Paul! The Bible tells us in Psalm 127:3 that “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.” We are so thankful for our children and grandchildren.
Spencer was Pastor of several churches in southwest and central Arkansas for 50 years. We were partners in the ministry. At times he had three churches to pastor at the same time, and I attended all the services. Many of his parishioners told him that I was the only pastor’s wife who went to all the church services, and they appreciated it so much. All the parishioners loved Spencer, and me, and were very sad when we would be reassigned to another church. We loved them, too, and missed them when we had to move on.
The part of the marriage vows, that says “in sickness and in health,” has been particularly relevant to our marriage. We have both had some major illnesses during our marriage. I have been very sick since moving to Texas. I have severely dry-eyes, and if you’ve not had it I can tell you it is extremely painful and debilitating. Spencer has waited on me hand and foot. He takes me to my doctors’ appointments, has done housework and gone grocery shopping; he has even learned to clean out the cats’ litter boxes! He has helped tend to all our pets, and I could not have made it without Spencer. We all know that no human except Jesus is perfect, but Spencer has been the perfect husband for me, and I love him more than words can express.
God Bless You,