First Date Anniversary

On Wednesday, May 19, 1970, I wore a pink shirt.

How do I remember that? Do I have some crazy smart brain that remembers the smallest details? No, that was my first date with Bev. Since that time we’ve had a tradition of celebrating the anniversary of our first date, and yes, I wear a pink shirt.

We just celebrated anniversary # 44, and it’s one we won’t forget. We started with a visit to Bev’s oncologist, and learned that the cancer markers in her blood, have decreased the last two months from 31 (normal for remission) to 28 and further to 23! Her doctor assured her that this was a very, very good indicator! Later, two new doctors prescribed ointments that solved very painful side effects of her chemo treatments.

As we reflected on the goodness of God, we realized that occasionally blessings in the midst of trials seen to happen all at once. I believe the Lord designs the timing so that we can know that He alone is orchestrating the events out of His love and kindness.

How has demonstrated His love for you lately?

Gratefully in Christ,

Howard Dayton

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Compass—finances God’s way, is a worldwide non-profit interdenominational ministry that teaches people how to handle money based on the principles of the Bible.
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7 Responses to First Date Anniversary

  1. John Smith says:

    Thanks for the wonderful new, Howard! Our Lord is gracious!!! Blessings to you both in your life’s journey together.

  2. Kathleen Hoff says:

    A lovely story and great, good news!  God is amazing.  He has demonstrated His Love for me lately by encouraging me in recent widowhood.  He has used so many Christian friends to encourage  me with phone calls to keep in touch reminding me of how much they care and how much He loves me.

  3. Jimmy Wang says:

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    Dear Howard,
    Thank you for your e-mail telling us your pink shirts story celebrating 44th aniversary of your first meeting with Bev.
    It’s really good news to hear Bev is getting better gradually. I am praying for her to experience God’s touching and healing
    day by day.
    This is Jimmy Wang, one of Crown Financial Ministries Korea director under the leadership of Dr. Jong S. Park in Irvine,
    California. It was Spring 2004 when I first  met Crown at our church of Doore Presbyterian Church outside of Seoul by
    Dr. Park’s personal 10 weeks traininng. Since then I have been dedicated in this ministry as a director and leader of
    small group studies. We have been concentrated in the BFS and recently started Money and Marriage God’s Way of yours
    and about to translate Business God’s Way after making contract with Compass. We thank you for so many wonderful
    small group studies you have written.
    Thank you again and God bless Bev and you all ahead.
    Jimmy Wang
    Crown Korea
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  4. Sherry Elmer says:

    God richly bless your marriage and your lives! You are such a blessing to so many people!

  5. Mark Brunner says:

    Awesome and mighty is our God, Healer and restorer!Your resolve through this journey has inspired many to keep running the race!

  6. Sandra Grooms says:

    Hi Howard,

    I want to first say how happy I am that your wife’s health has improved and her markers are down. I pray for her continued good health. I also want to say Happy 44th Date Anniversary.

    I too have stage 4 breast cancer which metastasized to my bones. I was originally diagnosed at the age of 40 in 2002, with metastasis in 2006. I have blood work and shots every month, but recently my marker has increased from 18 last November 2013 to 91 July 2014; more rounds of scans are scheduled.

    When I was first diagnosed, I asked God to let me see 50, now that I am 52, I am asking for 62 (a little at a time). I know God is our Healer, our Provider, our Comforter and our All, that is why I am asking for prayers for all His healing powers again.

    May God continue to bless you both and your ministries as you have been a blessing to us that listen to you on the radio (WLPE 91.7).

    With Love in Christ,
    S. Grooms

  7. says:

    Howard, HE just demonstrated HIS LOVE for you, Bev,Annie & me via your e-mail received this AM.! Thank you for sharing this wonderful news. We send our love and HIS BLESSINGS to you & Bev while celebrating your 44th. Annie & Bob


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