26 years ago, I attended the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional, not realizing that night would change my life forever, as it was my 1st date w/my soon-to-be husband, who I married a year later tomorrow. (Shout out to Sandra who set us up on that blind date!). I was pretty naive back then, & I like to think that I was smarter than I was & subconsciously knew what I needed because now I have an incredibly supportive husband who has stayed by my side through physical & mental health issues, & helped me to raise 3 incredible children…& as I attended my 1st child’s wedding reception, it occurred to me how, despite all the hardships, he is still here! Looking at the newlyweds, I recalled how when we 1st met, there were so many little thoughtful things Mark did that made me fall in love with him, but after 25 years of marriage, these same things that used to be so great, have become a part of my life, & more common. So at times, I can feel entitled to them.
But as great as things can be, there are still tough days. Years ago, I read somewhere that when I take the sacrament, & am seeking for the forgiveness of my own sins, I should offer that same consideration to my spouse. That was pivotal advice for me! Some days, that is easy to do, while other days, it can be super HARD! I’m grateful, though, for that advice, as it has helped me with some very difficult times! How ironic that our 25th wedding anniversary falls on a Sunday this year!