“And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another…” 

1 Thessalonians 3:12

I was sorry to see today’s date this morning because it meant that yesterday is officially over.  June 8th, yesterday, was our 17th wedding anniversary and I loved every moment of it.  My husband and I agreed that it was a landmark anniversary for us. 

Like all married couples, we’ve had our ups and downs.  We’ve celebrated and we’ve struggled.  We’ve seen successes and made mistakes.  We also made it through 17 years of marriage, and this was the best year for both of us!  You see, in recent years we stopped just ‘going to church’ and started growing in faith.  We’ve been allowing God to work in each of us – and He’s done so at different paces and in different ways – but He’s brought both of us to Him and we’ve allowed ourselves to be humbled by Him and offered our hearts and lives to Him.  In doing so, He’s taken us to depths in our hearts that we didn’t know existed which has allowed our love to grow in ways we never even imagined. 

We also pray for each other and ask God to be with us and our family.  I continually ask Christ to be cornerstone of our foundation and the center of our home.

I would have imagined that after being married for 17 years, our lives would start to settle and that we’d settle into our lives in sort of of a ho-hum way, but that is not so!  Each of us believes that the newness of love we feel is because of our ‘newness’ in Christ (although it’s been a 7-year process), and that our marriage has a newness, too!  We are very excited to see what God has in store for us! 

We know from experience that God allows the bad as well as the good in life, but we’re ok with that because we’ll meet each day and each situation in faith,  trusting God with all our hearts. 

We had a wonderful weekend of love and celebration.  One of the best moments was in church yesterday when he asked me to go with him to the altar to pray.  It was such a sweet moment of love and prayer, and one that I hope we’ll have many more times in our years together. 

Thank You, Lord, for blessing us in our marriage as You have.  May we continue to dedicate our hearts and lives to You in ways that are pleasing to You and keep us in Your graces.  Amen.