By: Mandy Hill
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
“….I, Mandy, take you, Nathan, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part…..”
These were words I spoke in commitment to my now husband, Nathan, ten years ago, on July 10, 2004.
To some, ten years may seem like a small amount of time. But for Nathan and I, ten years has brought us an entire lifetime of memories. We have lived in three towns, one city. We have been to four countries other than this beautiful country we call our home. We have held ministry positions in three churches. We have conceived six children; mourning together the loss of two, hugging three tightly in our arms and anxiously awaiting the arrival of our newest little love later this year! We have celebrated 10 Christmases as husband and wife, 10 Easters, and we’ve blown out a decade worth of birthday candles; together.
Ten years. 3,650 days. 87,600 hours. 5,256,000 minutes. Together.
What makes our lives together so unique is that we have committed our hearts to an eternity together. Despite the number of good times we have or will see, or how many not-so-good times we have endured or will endure in days to come; we live our lives with a strength that comes from neither of our own capabilities; but from Him. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
As my husband and I approach such a wonderful milestone in our lives together, I am reminded just how much of a commitment marriage is. Not only a commitment to each other; but also to The Lord. Reminiscing over the years of ups and downs, it was truly those moments when we thought we could navigate life in our own strength, that our situations got the muddiest. Our greatest moments are those when we depended solely on The Lord, seeking Him with all our hearts; while holding each other’s hand.
I love my husband with my whole heart; and I count myself one seriously blessed woman to be the very one that The Lord saw fit for him.
‘Til death do us part….
Jesus, thank You so much for uniting my heart with Nathan’s, and together, our hearts with Yours. We are so blessed to serve You both in the church, in our community, and in our lives. On this special anniversary, I pray that You will both anoint and fuel our next decade of marriage, making our lives together a reflection of Your love. Please continue to bless our home, and increase our love. In Your name I pray, Amen.