Nine years ago today (actually about 4 hours away as I write this), my wife and I decided to commit to each other in marriage. It was amazing to experience the truth that “they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24)! As I have done in previous years (yes, I expect you to read/watch all 5 of the posts!!!), I wanted to share a little bit about the last year of our marriage with you.
This past year has probably been the most tumultuous year of our marriage. We have faced many challenges through our health, church, family, and friends – having our own difficulties is one thing, but having to walk and pray with our loved ones through hard times can sometimes be more stressful. Whether it was our own injuries and illnesses that we were dealing with or standing by our friends and family through death, divorce, layoffs, and various sin issues, this year has definitely been an exhausting one.
However, though the grace of God, we have been able to not only endure but to have an even stronger commitment to love each other than ever before! We have witnessed first-hand why God calls marriage the grace of life (1 Peter 3:7).
As of today, I feel closer to my wife than at any point in our marriage. Lately, we have been praying together daily and we are constantly discussing theological concepts! It really feels like we are a team in many ways, and with a renewed focus on our business, I think this is going to continue.
Every day that we get to spend together is a blessing and we try very hard to make ministering to each other our top priority. We know that it’s only the grace of God that allows us to get along so well and to be so united in every area.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if we just sit around looking up into the sky waiting for God to bless us with a great marriage! We understand that it takes hard work, compromise, constant communication, and a strong (and growing) commitment to God and each other in order to make our marriage grow. However, if those things aren’t energized by the Spirit of God, then there is no guarantee that our marriage will be a blessing to us and others.
I love my wife dearly, and the more time I spend around other couples or even hear about things happening in other marriages, it makes me more and more thankful for what God has blessed and preserved. It takes a special dose of grace to get someone to put up with me and God has blessed me with a woman who has the right amount!
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