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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

In Memory Our First Valentine’s Day

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To My Loving Bride Of 45 Years.

In Memory Our First Valentine’s Day

The year was 1965. We were almost engaged. I was already head-over-heals in love with you. I just couldn’t let the most romantic day of the year go by without making an all out effort to see you.

The Youth Revival in Lansing, Michigan I’d preached at your Grandfather Hebert Starr’s church had just closed. I was back home in South Bend, Indiana for a few days with my parents. My car was in the shop getting some repairs done, and I was desperate for transportation. I’d asked my old friend Bobby Edgin if he would take me to see you so I could give you my Valentine’s Day gifts. He and his wife drove me the 100 miles to Albion, Michigan after he got off work. We got to your church a little bit late.

The song service was already in progress. We surprised you by coming. You looked so beautiful sitting up there in the orchestra playing your saxophone. You were dressed in a fashionable A-line “Poodle” skirt and beautiful blouse. Your white bobby socks completed your outfit. I couldn’t take my eyes off of you.

You were a Senior in High School. I found out later you were still in your school clothes. Your hair was beautifully curled as usual, and hung down over your shoulders and back. I had never watched you from out in the audience before.

When I’d preached the Youth Revival for your Dad three months earlier, I’d sat with him on the platform behind you and the orchestra. You looked beautiful to me from every angle.

As soon as the orchestra was dismissed that night, you disappeared for a while. In a few minutes you returned to the service having changed out of your school clothes into something more dressy, with nylons and heels as well. Then you came and sat by me. I’d never sat by a girl in church before. I have absolutely no memory of the sermon. You were the only thing on my mind!

I couldn’t stay long after service because it was a 2-hour drive back home and my ride disliked staying up late.

Not long after the service was over, I gave you my card and candy. I remember giving you something else but I have forgotten. Whatever it was, it was just part of the excuse to see you, tell you I loved you, and hope there might be an opportunity for another hug and a few kisses. There certainly was!

After all these years, my love, I’m still coming back for more of those wonderful kisses. They seem to get sweeter with time.

I love you Marcia June Starr Ballestero.

I Really Love You, And I Always Will!

Happy Valentine’s Day My Love, for the 46th time, from the man who’s still thrilled to be your husband.


Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 14, 2011 at 3:11 am

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