It feels like it was just yesterday…
Standing arm in arm with my dad, about to round the corner of the house. I felt at total peace. No signs of nervousness. No cold feet. Only joy was present. Only joy that could come from God the Father – a peace like no other. I knew deep down in my heart that this would be one of the best moments of my life.
My husband and I have been married for 10 years (on October 16th). It feels like we have always known each other. We grew up in church together – he even knew me during my awkward teenage years – and still asked me to be his girlfriend!
I always prayed for God to send me someone like my Dad; a true Jesus-lover, a hard worker, a people-person, a strong man of God, a provider, an amazing father and, of course, if you know my dad: a TALKER! My husband is all-of-the above… and then some. He is my other half, my motivator and my encourager. I know without a shadow of a doubt that God brought us together to be a strong team and mighty warriors for His kingdom.
I would be lying if I told you we haven’t been through hard times. But every marriage goes through rough patches. It’s not about going through the hard times, but how much stronger your relationship becomes because of the hard times.
I love him more today than the day I married him.
Is our relationship with Christ the same? Do we love Him more now than when we first became a Christian? Have we lost our desire and passion for Christ? Has our relationship gone cold and taken a back seat? In a marriage, if you put these things on the back burner, the marriage could easily end. It’s the same with our relationship with Christ; it would wither and die.
“But when the vine is transplanted, will it thrive? No, it will wither away when the east wind blows against it. It will die in the same good soil where it had grown so well.” Ezekiel 17:10 (NLT)
Welcome Christ back in your life as your first love. Remember the moment in your life when you got the butterflies in your stomach just thinking or talking about Jesus. Re-kindle that fire inside of you.
“We love Him, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
Without Christ at the center of my heart and my marriage, I would not be where I am in my relationship with my husband or my relationship with Christ. Jesus is my first love and because of this, my marriage is better, my love for my husband is stronger, my patience is thicker and my desire to be a better wife and mother is greater.
Let Jesus take hold of your heart. Let Him be the driver, because when you trust Him, He won’t let you down.
“For the Lord will not forsake his people for His great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.” 1 Samuel 12:22 KJV