I have much to be grateful for, but when I consider my life and all that I have, the one thing that stands out so clearly to me is the better part of me—my husband.
Through all our ups and downs, six years of them, he has shown his love to me in a very tangible and real way. His gentleness, kindness and compassion draw people to him and truly are the traits that have kept us bonded together.
Marriage is often used as a comparison tool to the relationship between Christ and the church/community. It’s not hard to see why: the same principles apply in both situations. Our marriages grows stronger as we trust and respect each other, as we worship and pray together.
As I look at my husband and thoughtfully consider his character and our relationship, I am struck by how my husband is such an example for me in his giving and servant attitude. I am convicted to be more giving, to be more willing to help in various ways as we walk through life together.
At home we see the best and the worst of each other. When we continue to walk together even through experiencing the worst of each other, we fulfill the commitment we have made to each other in marriage. Our love has grown stronger and more powerful in ways I would never have imagined.
In this marital love there is such comfort, there is easy intimacy. We don’t second guess each other or our relationship–we can simply love and exist in the knowledge that even though times are hard, we will be there for each other no matter what.
What a blessing it is to be married to my first (and last) boyfriend! I am thankful that we were brought together to love each other, to learn from each other and to face life’s challenges on the same team.
May I continue to grow to be a woman who supports and loves her husband as we journey through life.
“Love as distinct from “being in love” is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.”
— C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
DAILY PRAYER: LORD, thank you for the blessing of my spouse/partner and my marriage/relationship. May I grow in my love and respect for them as we journey through life together. Teach me how to love them as you have loved us. Amen.