When I look at a picture of my parents on their wedding day, I can see the youthful excitement in their eyes. They were young, my mom was 20 & my dad was 26. Although I'm sure they had some disagreements while dating & during their engagement, overall they felt nothing but bliss as they set out to begin their lives together.
|My Parents on their Wedding Day|
Although I'm not thankful my dad got sick & I would give anything in the world for him to get better, I wouldn't trade the experiences we've had as a result of the illness. My brother & I were never guarded from the fact that mom & dad sometimes disagreed or argued. But what we learned by seeing those things was that despite the fact that they might not agree, they always loved each other. I know for a fact that it was their vow, their covenant before God, that has kept them together for thirty years.
So now, when I look at my own wedding photo, I wonder, what sorts of challenges will life throw at us? In six years of marriage, we've had our fair share of ups & downs. There are times when we can't stand each other & I wonder what on earth did I get myself into, but in those moments, I find God pulling at my heart, causing me to take a long hard look at my actions & hopefully making better, faith-filled decisions. Marriage is a journey of sacrifice, learning the ultimate love comes through giving unto others, especially your spouse. The covenant Jesse & I made on our wedding day is our bond to each other & to God. Although it has its difficult moments, I honor that covenant more & more as we continue on our path together. Hopefully in 24 years, we'll be able to share a story of unending love through trials & tribulations, ups & downs, with our girls & those around us just as my parents are exemplifying to us today.
|Jesse & I on our Wedding Day|