Reflecting on 37 years of Marriage to Mary Ruth Simmons Wolf
Wednesday, June, 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM | by asmith
“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22
Today is my 37th wedding anniversary!
Mary Ruth Simmons and Jay Leon Wolf, Jr. joined their lives in holy matrimony at the First Baptist Church of Jackson, Mississippi on June 11, 1977. Marshall Edwards guided our Wedding Worship Service where we made a sacred promise to follow Christ together.
We met at Baylor University in the fall of 1975 after a Wednesday night Worship Service for about 2000 students called “Serendipity.” Mary Ruth transferred to Baylor in Waco, Texas from a college in Mississippi. I am extremely grateful that God and her Mom prompted her move to Baylor. The Lord quickly knitted our hearts together and in my sanctified imagination I prayerfully projected that she would be an excellent partner for sharing God’s call to build His Kingdom and to create a family of faith.
Mary Ruth personifies the portrait of God’s servant in Proverbs 31. She is bright of mind, vibrant of spirit, loving of heart, loyal of will and beautiful of form. Her deep walk with the Lord inspires, instructs and fortifies me. We endeavor to serve as God’s agents of encouragement and accountability for each other. We simply seek to follow Christ together as we pray together, learn and live God’s Word together, worship together, experience challenges together, and serve God’s people and purposes together.
God has blessed us with four Christ-centered children, three spectacular in-laws, and three treasured grandchildren. Our edition of the Wolf family has grown to a dozen members and it has the potential to add more!
Together we have served God’s Family. 26 of our 37 years have been with First Baptist of Montgomery. We have intentionally used our earthly resources to help God’s Family grow in number, depth, health, and strength.
The higher we climb on the mountain of our years, the more beautiful grows our view.
God’s Word instructs us in Genesis that the primary component of Human culture is the family. The divine design calls for “a man to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two should become one flesh.” The Lord has graciously helped Mary Ruth and I weave our lives together under His Lordship to serve His earthly and eternal purposes.
I have been blessed beyond measure with the treasure to share 37 years of my life with a Christ-like wife—My Mary Ruth!