|Joel and Debbie Penfold- 2010|
I want to introduce you today to some very good friends of my family. Joel and Debbie Penfold have been an exemplary gift of purity in their marriage. May this interview inspire you to remain steadfast in God’s principles.
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First, let me thank both of you for doing this interview with me! Your love story is one I love to hear and always reminds me of the power of a lasting love. I especially loved it in your last letter, how you said, “Joel is still the one”. I am excited to introduce you both to my blog readers today!
First, I know we all wish to know, how long have you been married?
38 years on December 9th, 2010
Wow, so many years together! What an example you have set (and are setting!). Would you mind telling us briefly about how you two met?
We attended the same Junior High. We had noticed each other, but met at a movie we attended separately when Joel came down and sat with Debbie. From that time on, we started seeing each other.
Did you at any point in your relationship before marriage, ever question your reasoning to stay pure?
Even though we were not Christians at the time, we knew that it was not right to be sexually active.
Why do you believe it is so vital for young people to stay sexually pure before marriage?
It is vital for young people to stay sexually pure because 1: God commands it. 2: He knows what is best for us mind, body and spirit. 3: Sexual purity keeps one from regrets that can affect their spiritual, mental and physical well being
What joy is there for you both, knowing that your relationship began completely untarnished? Has it made your marriage stronger?
It is a joy to us to know that we have only had each other. We have grown and learned only with one another. We believe that God put us together and it honors him that we have been faithful to each other and the plan He had for our young lives. Even though we were not aware of His working in our lives when we were 15 years old.
We don’t have extra baggage to carry in our marriage, because of our faithfulness to one another. We are determined by God’s grace to be faithful to one another knowing He will preserve us, whatever we face, if we are faithful to Him and to each other
As a couple who have been married several decades now, with children also in sound marriages, do you have advice for the young person struggling in their convictions, or encouragement to continue to maintain that strength?
First, remember that God’s grace covers all sins. Young people need to be aware of sexual temptations in their lives and plan ahead not to be lured into tempting situations. Be careful where you and who you are with.
Know in your heart and mind that marital sexuality is a beautiful gift from God that is worth waiting for. No regrets for waiting. Stand firm in what you know is right.
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