Perusing through an article on marriage just one week before a milestone Wedding Anniversary, I am challenged with a thought provoking question.
|Sarah and Tyler 2016, Me and Rick 1991|
Having recently witnessed the marriage celebration of our daughter Sarah and son-in-law, Tyler, it was easy to quickly recount the budget and the cost (still fresh in my mind) that went into making it a most exquisite event, a near perfect wedding day–I like to say, it was one for the ages!
25 years a bride.
Rather, what comes to mind has more to do with the giving, the investment, the sacrifice, the commitment and being refined like gold time and time again.
|(Left)engagement picture 1990 and (Right) today 2016
Time may weather our physical bodies but it strengthens our souls
|Our Wedding Day, April 13, 1991|
Often times, the cost of marriage means laying down our pride (which can be really ugly at times), and taking up our cross (which can be really painful at times). It means putting you before me and we before I. It means admitting our mistakes and falling to our knees in both offering forgiveness and receiving forgiveness. It means being intentional about us, through every season, protecting, guarding and keeping watch over that which God has joined together….our marriage relationship, our dreams and our purposes, both as a couple and as individuals.
|A recent Friday night date.|
Loving together, serving together, making great memories together, sharing the deepest levels of intimacy together, raising a family together, laughing together (we’ve done a lot of laughing), crying together (we’ve done a lot of crying too), facing victory and defeat together, facing triumph and tragedy together, playing together, praying together….we still don’t always get it right,even after 25 years, but we always always invite His Spirit to inhabit every little (and big) detail along the way.
With the helping hands of our Heavenly Father and a deep love and devotion, we count the cost and we pay the price….not just for weddings, but for marriage too. For it is in doing so, that we know and experience…
AND REAL MARRIAGE.