“A Friend Loves at all Times” (Proverbs 17:17)

Like many couples, we had no clue that God had a mission for our marriage. When we were married in 1989 we thought we had the world by the tail. Instead, the world snuffed us out in less than two years. Mission aborted. However, God had a unique plan to awaken us to our own sins and His divine mercy, much of which came through some extraordinary friends, like the one you see in this photo.

Annie and I have been friends for over thirty years. She was there when Clint and I were dating. She was my maid of honor when we married the first time. Annie was also there when I walked out on Clint and our marriage blew apart. And, during the years I ran from God, she stayed beside me with only one motive in her heart: love.

While she didn’t approve of what I had done, Annie knew that God was the only one who could turn my heart of stone into a heart of flesh. And when He did just that, she was there to help me pick up the pieces of rubble in the wake of my poor choices, and to start the rebuilding process. Not once did she dishonor our friendship or her relationship with God. And, not once did she realize how powerfully God was going to use her years of unconditional love and faithfulness as part of the means to reconcile Clint and I.

Annie visited our home recently and the three of us talked in depth about those years when our marriage unraveled. After our discussion, we felt led to record an unscripted video interview with Annie, hoping that it would testify to how important it is to love those spouses who wander away from the faith and from their marriages.

Annie, from the depth of our hearts, we thank you. Thank you for loving us the way God does.

Click here to view our video interview entitled, “A Friend Loves at All Times.”

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4 Responses to “A Friend Loves at all Times” (Proverbs 17:17)

  1. Sharon says:

    Everyone needs an Annie (and Rob) in their lives. Her friendship and love towards you is what the gospel is truly about. Grace, mercy and love. She is all of that and more. What a legacy she is leaving through you and Clint to the other couples and people you serve. She is truly Jesus with skin on.

  2. Cheri says:

    Thank You for sharing…for those of us Waiting/Standing for our loved ones…we don’t always know~What to Say or Do…with those who have turned from God and Us…and yet, we want the door to be open/the bridge to be there…for our relationships that have these prodigal experiences. I am finding to walk in and give: Unconditional Love and Forgiveness…It is Supernatural and a Grace given to us from God…for the purpose of Reconcilation/Restoration…thank you for the Hope you give, in the midst of the darkness. Thank You.

  3. Michele says:

    LOVE, LOVE, and then some more LOVE. This was beautiful…

    Thank you, Jesus, for Annie!!!!

  4. Micah says:

    Thank you Annie!!!!!!! Wow. This is so powerful.

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