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40 Year Anniversary

40 Years.
 Fort years since my first husband - 
Larry James Martin died.
Dec. 26, 1979.
Somehow I couldn't post yesterday.
Peace has certainly filled my life in the later years.
Nothing prepares you for losing
 your spouse so young.
 I was 24.
Tragic- yes.
But, in the aftermath of God's design- 
He brought restoration.
Beyond my wildest imagination.
 I saw a nephew a couple of weeks ago
 at my mother- in- law's funeral.
That was a treasured hug and a gift.
 A whole family.
 That I still love.
Nieces and nephews and all the in-laws.
Still in my prayers-
  Lord, may you would work your mighty ways
 into all their lives - 
with blessings beyond imagination.
With the great hope of eternal reunion with 
ALL of my family, because of your son- Jesus.


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