“There were changes and moves, rough roads and smooth, with the shifting seasons of time. Through laughter and tears, triumphs and fears, we treasured each day of life. ‘Cuz He knew you were just what I needed, to make me more like Christ. To love with abandon, to lay down my life- pressing on toward the prize” (Castles & Rockets).
So thankful for our 12th anniversary!
This man. So much to be thankful for.
This guy is so gracious, steady and strong. Not perfect, but, just right for me. He makes me laugh, he makes me feel beautiful. He encourages me, he helps me temper my bluntness. He helps me see my blind spots. He helps me chill out. He makes me blush. He challenges me to push myself when we run (I whine about that, but like it at the same time).
He works hard. He loves deeply. He has a hospitable heart. He cares for many. He is patient.
He has walked through dark days with me-
He sees the glass half full.
He reminds me of the truth-
And when it is time to let go of that control stuff again.
He and I grew much closer through our Wait.
The November adoption that was not to be.
The March adoption that was.
This guy, present; He the present.
I am so grateful.
Today, we celebrate in simple, yet significant ways. Seeing “Superman” and thankful that Jesus holds this marriage together. Thankful for the Lord’s faithfulness and His huge doses of grace; so we can live this life together, side by side, ministering.
Because all those years ago, that is what he asked. “Will you marry me? Will you serve the Lord together with me?”
Even when our hearts ache for the needs and issues of those around us. Even when we are misunderstood or wrong. Even when we struggle to find our groove or spill out hurtful words. Even then…
I am often exhorted and encouraged as I recall the following story from a friend. She found herself pregnant with #5 in her 40’s and, as the story goes, a woman in her church said something like, “You do know how that happens right?” And my friend, so wisely and honestly, answered, “Yes, I do, and I never tell him no.”
Wow. How, I want that to be true of me. Not just in the way she was referring to, but that is a good start! But, in marriage in general. To say “yes” more to Hubby. To put down the dishes and turn and really see him. To enjoy our time more, instead of fretting over what needs to get done (insert the story of Mary and Martha). To choose the better way. To not just tell him, but show him, that I am his biggest fan. That I believe in him. That I choose to trust- and not fight to be right (ah, contention) or be wise in my own eyes. To accept his insight and value his opinion.
That is what I want year #13 to be marked by- saying “yes” more.
Yes to this Amazing Love that fuels this amazing love.
Happy Anniversary Hubby!
“Twelve years and our love grows even deeper, sweeter with time and so much realer. By God’s grace, here’s to 50 more- I can’t wait to see what’s in store. As you grow old, our love will still unfold- as you grow old with me.”