September 21, 2020

Marking 31 Years of Marriage to the Wonderful Denise


Thirty-one years ago today Denise and I were married by the Rev. W.O. Spencer at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Owensboro, Ky. Rev. Spencer is gone to be with the Lord and the church building has burned, but our marriage has lasted and is a wonderful blessing to me.

This is my one and only girl. I love her so much and treasure all that she’s poured into our marriage when others would have given up. We have two amazing children and we are enjoying these empty nest years with God’s joy. I couldn’t imagine life without her.


  1. Monk, congratulations to both you and Denise! This is a testimony of God’s love for you AND your love for him and each other. And a lot of hard work to get to where you’re at, too!

    People need to see this kind of commitment working in the Kingdom and it’s good to see it here.

  2. Shannon Thornburg says

    That is so special. In these times it is hard to find people so in love after all this time. You are truly an inspiration to all those seeking their soul mate.

    May Christ continue to bless your union!

  3. Congrats Michael. God bless your marriage.

  4. Congrats!
    Your descriptions of your journey, especially in recent years, makes this inspiring and encouraging.

  5. aaron arledge says

    Nice real nice. Congratulations and I hope yall enjoy another 50 together.

  6. Congratulations to you both!

  7. Happy Anniversary to you and Denise, Michael. Your love and devotion (and stick-to-it-iveness) is an inspiration.

  8. Happy Anniversary, Michael.

  9. “To marry is to take a hand in a dangerous game where the stakes are the highest – a fuller life or a life diminished and confined. It is a game for adult players.”– Robertson Davies, The Rebel Angels

    Happy Anniversary!

  10. Congratulations, Michael and Denise! There is nothing like a loving and honest marriage to help you become yourself. Who else would you be? Everyone else is already taken! (Said by somebody other than me originally, but I like it.)

  11. Congratulations, and here’s hoping for a long and happy future together.

  12. May you find each future year more blessed than the last, congratulation to you both.

  13. I will be married 2 years next week, and it is enormously encouraging to hear stories of those who’ve been at it for decades and are still together. Thanks for sharing with us younger folks!

  14. Happy anniversary Michael. My wife and I celebrate 14 years today. I am so blessed by her that I can wholeheartedly echo your sentiments.

  15. CONGRATULATIONS! Hmm, and that is one patient wife, iMonk. GRIN.

  16. Congratulations!

  17. Happy anniversary. May you be blessed throughout the year to come with the joy of the Lord.

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

    God continue to bless you and Denise in you journey together! Lord willing, my husband and I will celebrate 43 years next week. God is truly good in all seasons of life.

  19. Jenny Bluett says

    Blessings upon blessings!

  20. Congratulations to you both. Blessings for the next 31.

  21. happy anniversary

    I mean, she’s got to be special if she’s the woman behind IMonk.


    Ten years and counting for me and the Supermodel — we hope and pray to do as well as you two!

  23. God bless you both (as He most surely has!). And thank you for your combined testimony to His faithfulness. Happy anniversary.

  24. That Other Jean says

    Happy anniversary and a multitude of blessings to you both.

  25. Scott Eaton says

    Congrats to you both!

  26. Congratulations!

  27. Happy Anniversary to you both, and congratulations to Mike on finding his “only girl”!

  28. Christopher Lake says

    Happy Anniversary, Michael and Denise!

  29. Congrats on the 31st anniversary Michael!

    You & Denise are just one year short of the number of years my parents have been married to each other and which I celebrated their 32nd anniversary with them just tonight (Australian time).

    Once again, Happy Anniversary!

  30. plasticturtle says

    Congratulations 🙂
    May you have many happy ones to follow.

  31. Larry Geiger says

    Happy Anniversary!!
    May you be blessed with many more.

  32. Ted Tassos says

    Happy Anniversary – I see you are very much like me. A blessed man who has ‘married up’.

  33. Congratulations, Denise and Michael.

    Elizabeth and I also celebrated, our 24th, last week. I can say without any fear of contradiction that, under Christ, she is the single greatest blessing to my life. I shudder to think of what my life would be without her.

    Here’s to many, many more for you and for us.



  34. Congratulations!

  35. Congrats!

  36. Monk how in the world did you find a Angel like this? God has definitly blessed you my Brother. Congrats, you guys are an inspiration to all!

  37. Headless Unicorn Guy says

    You got 31 years more than I’m ever gonna have.

    If Ann (my “one and only girl”) had reciprocated back in the Eighties, I’d be celebrating right up there with you.