I joke about how he wasn't even what I was looking for. He came into my life at a point in time I could no longer see beyond. The point I surrendered and said, "Okay God, your way." And then God blew me away, little by little, to the place we are today.
This is a perfect example of why I continue to put my life in the hands of my Heavenly Father. He knows me so much better than I know myself, what I need, and all of the desires of my heart for a lifetime to come.
This is the reason we put Christ at the center of our marriage, as well. Because we trust our marriage to be the workmanship of his hands.
I've grown so much over the last thirteen years of knowing this man and ten years of marriage.
Here are just 10 lessons I've learned from 10 years of marriage:
1) Love is a choice. I've put plenty of conditions on relationships and based many a decision on feelings in my life. Yet I've learned that, in marriage, there are no conditions. Love is a choice.
2) God must come first. The closer I grow in my relationship with God, the closer I grow to my husband (imagine a triangle with God at the top and each of us at the bottom corners moving closer to that top point).
4) Be patient. Our imperfections and differences are serving to refine one another into the persons and couple God intends for us to be.
Duck - so God can hit your husband!
6) Approach God with confidence in matters of marriage. Because we know this holy matrimony is within the will of God, based on 1 John 5:14-15, I can be certain that when I ask anything that will draw our marriage into the abundance of God's perfect design, I will receive it!
7) Submit. When I am willing to freely submit to my husband, he's more than willing to submit to me...he's willing to lay his life down for me. Although I may submit more in the little things, the greater submission and sacrifice is his, by God's design.
10) Be the first to change. The moments I want my spouse to change, prayer inevitably changes me first.That, in turn, changes everything.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
remembering where we were and how far we've come.
the four fruits of our love and union.
hands connecting around the dinner table to complete the circle - our family.
sharing in our anniversary celebration with our children.
watching the wedding dvd and the comments revealing differing developmental understanding over the lack of their presence at our wedding...
"I died when you got married. That's why I wasn't there." ~Drew
the comfort that comes with years of getting to know each other
the challenges that keep us learning and growing
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