It was 19 years ago, that we married. It was a most beautiful October day. The warm temperatures and fall colours seemed to be deliberately ordered and hand delivered. We celebrated with family and friends by ceremony and a feast afterwards!
As we celebrated our anniversary, my husband and I reminisced, laughing at how different our lives are now compared to back then. We were younger, carefree, and responsible for only ourselves. We could dine fine and nap in the afternoons whether we needed one or not. Today, we are older and desperately need a nap but there are none to be found. Fine, dining funds are spent on bills and a mortgage. We have two very, precious daughters under our care. Where we could spend hours talking and talking with the luxury of time on our side, these days it is a conscious effort to complete a sentence!
We wouldn’t trade it; we wouldn’t trade our journey……
God’s revelation to us with every step.
He is showing us how to love; like He does. We can see it now with every leap.
(This list is not meant to be all inclusive; to list all that He is; is too lofty for this girl! These are highlights of His revelations to us in our marriage journey).
His love is unconditional…..
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
His kind of love does not require a condition, the perfect performance, or the right words and actions, it just is. It’s to love for the sake of loving. To embrace the privilege of adoring another of God’s most precious creations.
Jesus help us to love our spouses, like You do; like You love us…..without condition.
His love is sacrificial…..
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15: 11-13)
His kind of love is defined by service to one another. What can I do today to show my spouse that he is a priority to me? That although I have all this other stuff on my mind that is demanding my attention, that his well-being matters to me. What can I do to show him that?
Jesus, help us to show our husbands this very day that they are most important to us. What would really bless them today? You are so good at lavishing with blessings; help us to do the same.
His love is never ending…..
Reading Psalm 136 we are told over and over and over again that “His love endures forever.”
No matter what the circumstance; no matter how the fight started our love is to endure. Our love is to tolerate, bear, carry on, keep on and persist. That we realize the battle raging is separate from our love for each other. If our love can endure, then the battle can be fought as a united front.
Jesus help our love for one another to endure. Help us to see, truly see, that the war is not against each other, “…but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
I am so thankful God chose my husband for me and that my husband has chosen to take this love journey with me. For I have his hand to hold when we walk leisurely, run until we are out of breath and leap into the unknown!
Dear Heavenly and Gracious Father,Thank you for the gift of marriage. Thank you that we can celebrate years spent unified in marriage. What a joy! Lord, God we want to love like You do and we know it’s possible because You have commanded it (John 13:34). We want to love our spouse without condition, in purposeful effort to serve before our own needs. We want to love everlasting. We ask God that You would give us the desires of our hearts and set our minds and intentions on loving our spouses in a new and fresh way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.