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The Day I Obtained The Favor Of God

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The Day I Obtained The Favor Of God

Proverbs-18-22-ESV-webI have precious family members and the dearest of friends whose lives have been greatly pained by a marriage that went bad. I hurt for them and have cried for them and with them. None of us knows when we select a mate, what the future holds. Anyone can choose to go wrong.

Those of us who have loving and faithful spouses sometimes fail to appreciate how good we really have it!

So, I do not write today in an arrogant or boastful manner, nor do I mean to be hurtful to anyone, let alone disrespectful.

I simply write as one who is abundantly thankful to have found a girl who loves God with all of her heart, and who loves me more than words can tell!

So, Let Me Tell You How I Feel About My Marriage!

I feel the day I obtained the ‘favor’ of God was on a Saturday. The weather was perfect, and it was 2 o’clock in the afternoon August 14, 1965. This truly was, and has remained, the most wonderful day in my life! (Besides receiving the Holy Ghost.)


That Was The Day God Gave Me The Best Helpmate In The World!

She Just Happened To Be The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Too!


KJV Proverbs 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.


Vine’s Words: ‘Favour’

Ratson, raw-tsone’; from (ratsah); delight (especially as shown) :- (be) acceptable (-ance, -ed), delight, desire, favour, (good) pleasure.

Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

MSG Proverbs 18:22 Find a good spouse, you find a good life— and even more: the favor of GOD!

NLT Proverbs 18:22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD.

TLB Proverbs 18:22 The man who finds a wife finds a good thing; she is a blessing to him from the Lord.


Not only Did I Obtain The Favor Of God (KJV) On August 14, 1965…

  • I also found a treasure! (The MSG)
  • I also found a good spouse! (NLT)
  • I also found a good life! (NLT)
  • I also received a blessing from the Lord! (TLB)

Matthew Henry Commentary and others are careful to point out the ‘good wife’ part of the passage. In a day when about half of marriages become dissolved, I am blessed to still enjoy the love of my life. Mine, is a ‘good wife.’


Matthew Henry Commentary Proverbs 18:22

1. A good wife is a great blessing to a man. He that finds a wife…that is, a good wife indeed, a jewel of great value, a rare jewel; he has found that which will not only contribute more than any thing to his comfort in this life, but will forward him in the way to heaven.

2. God is to be acknowledged in it with thankfulness; it is a token of his favour, and a happy pledge of further favours; it is a sign that God delights in a man to do him good and has mercy in store for him; for this, therefore, God must be sought unto.

Barnes’ Notes on Proverbs 18:22

The sense seems to require, “Whoso findeth a good wife,” as in some Chaldee manuscripts; but the proverb writer may be looking at marriage in its ideal aspect, and sees in every such union the hands of God joining together man and woman for their mutual good.


This Groom Is Singing The Weddings First Song, To God.  “I Want To Thank You.”



Like Me, This Groom Is Indeed Thankful For His Wife.



Happy Valentines Day To Marcia Starr Ballestero, My Life Long Love!

Your consecrated walk with God has brought to our home and to me the blessings and the favor of the Lord.

I will never be able to thank you enough for the great gift you are to me and our children, and our children’s children! You my Dear are the BEST!




Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm

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  1. Having known of you all my church life then as a friend for quite a number of years now, you and Marcia have been such an example about what marriage is all about. It is a post like this that tops off why. My wife Rose will tease me on occasions and say, “you know it doesn’t say anything about when a woman finds a man she finds a good thing”.

    I just wonder if the statement about a man finding a wife findeth a good thing is also for our learning concerning Christ and his bride to be. Just a thought. I hope he finds that in me.

    I didn’t know God when Rose and I got married and I almost lost her by my drunken lifestyle. Even then she was a grand lady and when I turned my life to Christ, I now know how blessed I was to have her as my wife. I too am blessed Elder. In our 43rd year.

    Thanks so much for reminding us men, to treasure what we have been so blessed with.

    Mark S McKinney

    February 13, 2013 at 12:19 am

    • I love you both with all my heart! Thank you for taking the time to say such wonderful things about your wife and your old friends, the Ballesteros.

      Martyn Ballestero

      February 13, 2013 at 12:25 am

    • That was awesome!….Bless God!

      Pauline Ford

      February 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

  2. This is an absolutely beautiful post. You and Marcia have had such a beautiful relationship through the years. It is SO REFRESHING to see you both talk so lovingly about each other. Many husbands and wives forget that it’s the sweet, kind words, and caring actions that keep the relationship fresh and new. We also had incredible examples in our parents. They were so kind and loving to each other.


    February 13, 2013 at 11:20 am

  3. That’s the most precious thing I’ve ever seen. God bless you both on Valentine’s Day and always.

    Susan J

    February 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

  4. What a precious post. My husband who is currently unemployed is feeling bad about not being able to buy me anything for Valentines Day. What he doesn’t realize is that he really is the best valentine I could ask for this year. I am so very thankful for my husband and that he is here with me! God has been so good!

    Crystal Smith (Morris)

    February 14, 2013 at 12:16 am

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