Twenty-two years ago today, my parents embarked on that never-ending adventure called marriage. Having been married myself now for just over 6 months, I can say that twenty-two years of marriage means a whole lot of work, but it also means a whole lot of blessings! I know that times won’t always be bright and sunny, but it is the couples that persevere through the tough times that end up being the most blessed.
Marriage is a lifetime commitment. Nowadays, so many young couples spend years courting and dating in order to “find out if they are the right one”. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t know someone well before you commit to spending the rest of your life with them. I don’t think it takes years though. To be honest, you’re never going to fully know someone before you marry them…that takes a lifetime. So, make sure you line up on the “big issues” and then jump right in. Know that life will not always be rosy, but commit to your spouse through it all. Know that the day you say “I Do”, that person becomes the right one for you…God’s perfect match of two imperfect people.
I am so blessed to have watched my parents and their commitment to the sanctity of marriage over the years. They have held on to each other through the tough times, and have become a beacon of hope to a world full of divorces. They, along with other married couples like them, are an inspiration to me in my own marriage, and I hope they are to you in yours.
Happy anniversary to my wonderful parents!
“So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’, for she was taken out of man.’ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” ~Genesis 2:20-24~