Like all marriages, we’ve hit some rough spots. There are times we’ve chosen to love each other when we didn’t really like each other much. If we hadn’t made the commitment to stay together regardless, we wouldn’t have made it through our fifth year or our fifteenth.
Our marriage has grown stronger because we’ve asked God to help us weather through the hard times. Many of our disagreements stem from the fact that we look at life from very different perspectives. While I can learn to understand my husbands thinking patterns, nothing will ever make me think like a man and visa-versa. I wonder how many marriage problems are actually gender related? “God help me understand this man you gave me,” I sometimes pray. And I know my husband’s prayers are similar. God, in his goodness, always answers our prayers and gives us insight and direction.
We willfully entered into the covenant of marriage before God and vowed “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.” We didn’t just add them to the wedding for the sake of tradition; we spoke them in the presence of God, our family and friends as a sacred vow.
Greg and I have changed a lot in the nearly twenty-five years we’ve been married. We’ve essentially grown up together. We gave each other the freedom to be ourselves, to change and mature. My favorite part of the day is when we sit down and talk about our day and make plans for the future.
I can honestly say the best part of my life began during a March blizzard in 1983, when my soul mate and I exchanged our wedding vows. I’m so very thankful that we’ve had God’s guidance and each other to navigate through the storms of life.
For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried. May the Lord do with me and more if anything but death parts you from me.
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