15 Years Married to a Wonderful Woman


I thank God today for my beautiful, wonderful, awesome wife who was given to me in marriage on July 6, 1996—the second most important day of my life! (Click here for the most important day.)

Karen, you are a total blessing to me. Your prayers for our family, my ministry, your undying and unequaled love, are beyond compare.

I love you!


P. S. —Also, Happy Anniversaries to the Chavarrias and the Mianos!



  1. Congratulations! Mrs. Bubba and I celebrate the same in three weeks….

  2. 15 years? Congratulations. We’re coming up on ten, ourselves. Wouldn’t trade it for anything.

  3. Congratulations, Pastor Steve! You were married just 3 years before me; time sure does fly when you’re married to your best friend.

    Too bad so many don’t even thank God for the wonderful blessing of marriage.

  4. Congrats, my brother.

    Today Mahria and I celebrate our 26th anniversary. πŸ™‚

  5. And congrats to you, too, Righteous Richard! πŸ™‚

  6. Congratulations to you and your wife, Steve. Happy marriages take work, commitment and patience, and in my experience, that combination is admirable regardless of who it’s found in.

  7. I suspect all of you had Ephesians 5.25 and following pop into your heads.

  8. Wow that’s even bigger than a new house, Congratulations indeed!

  9. That’s very sweet. Happy anniversary to you and Karen.

  10. Congratulations Steve!

    I hope that you and your wife had a great day. May the Lord bless you with many happy years together.

  11. Congratulations also to Righteous Richard and Tony Miano.

  12. Steve,

    Congratulations! That is wonderful. Here’s to at least 15 more years!

  13. Thank you all for the wonderful comments.

    God put two opposites together, and, by his grace, we will stay married “till death parts us.”

    The best chances for a long-lasting marriage is for both partners to be followers of Christ. At some point I will post the 5 directives we agreed to when we said “I do.”

    Trust me, they are very controversial in this post-modern, relativistic world.

  14. Incidentally, Steve, my parents have been together for 45 years, and they claim it’s the fact that they’re opposites that’s helped. Do you really think this has been a part of your success as well?

    • Actually, every man and woman who gets married is an opposite. It’s my contention that men and women have virtually nothing in common naturally. Of course, there are shared interests, but God made men and women to compliment each other.

      The success of our marriage has been because of our commitment to Christ, otherwise we wouldn’t have made it past the first year. No, the fact that we are opposites has made it very difficult because I’m so darn selfish. Christ has taught me to be more patient (because I’m not very), more gracious and gentle (my weaknesses) and to be more of a servant. I was single for 36 1/2 years, so I had a lot of unrealistic expectations going in to my first marriage.

      I’m always encouraged to hear of long-lasting marriages. Congrats to your parents for their perseverance and love for one another. Incidentally, are they Christians? (Of course, you need not be a Christian to have a long term marriage.)

  15. It’s my contention that men and women have virtually nothing in common naturally.

    That’s so sad you think that way.

  16. I just can’t imagine thinking that men and women have virtually nothing in common. It’s just so foreign to me. But, I don’t want to hi-jack your anniversary thread, because this should stay a celebratory thread.

  17. Congratulations Steve!!!

  18. Congrats Steve, it was my 6 month anniversary the day after!

  19. I actually have a lot in common with my wife. For example, we share the same sense of humor.

    I get it Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and she gets it Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

    But congratulations.

  20. Vagon: And congrats to you, too! How many years?

    Nameless: I feel your pain, man. :0

  21. Dear Steve and Karen,

    We hope you had a wonderful day and pray you have many more wonderful years together. God bless you both, always.

    Paul & Kim

  22. 5 and half or so years of relationship in November πŸ™‚

    What did you end up doing to celebrate?

  23. Sorry I was tosisng up writing 5.5 years now or 6 in nov and that mess came out πŸ˜›

  24. I took her to get a pedicure and manicure, then to her favorite vegetarian restaurant called “The Spot,” then off to see a documentary on one of the original Horse Whisperers called “Buck,” which was excellent! My wife and daughters are crazy about horses!

    Thanks for asking!

  25. Cool, are you vegos in general or just in the mood?

    We were both sick with the flu so it wasnt very romantic at all πŸ™

  26. Very loving! πŸ˜€

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