Ben’s QTVOTD – “Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun—all the days of futility. For that is your portion in this life and in your work at which you toil under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:9 ->me: The Preacher encourages us to enjoy our married mates in this life ‘under the sun’. The demands of marriage include giving of affection (whom you [actively] love), the active pursuit of enjoyment in it (Live joyfully), a life-long (all the days) encouragement amid the responsibilities and duties of life (in you work at which you toil). Through God’s grace and blessing, Marianne and my marriage has been the birthplace of so much good. As with any marriage, we have had our struggles and challenges but I would never trade our experiences together…for anything. I am a better man because of Marianne. We are living proof that through a marriage where both husband and wife have Jesus as their first love, there is not the Lord cannot do through them. When I reflect on what God has done and look presently at what He is doing, I understand the call here to strengthen that bond with the one who God will use to make us all who He wants us to be. The short of it is that Marianne is a bit of heaven given to me from God, here on this earth, and during this time ‘under the sun’.