Yesterday, Today & Forever - Celebrating 21 Years!!
The details of our healing journey are too many to recount, but there is one particular moment that stands out in my mind that I want to share. Last year, Chris asked me to watch a video with him on the sacrament of marriage. It opened with a collection of testimonial clips; couples whose relationships were albeit over until they surrendered to Our Lord and begged Him to “make all things new” as He promises in chapter 21 of Revelations. As I listened and watched my heart sank even deeper into the pit of despair because I was certain that our story was different, that it was somehow worse. In fact, I had fallen for the devil’s lie - that our marriage was beyond hope. Staring past the screen, I tried to imagine us snuggled together on a couch, like the couples in the video, explaining with twinkling eyes that our relationship was better than ever. I couldn’t even imagine us sitting close together, nonetheless joyfully proclaiming victory and thanking God for restoring our love for and commitment to one another.
On August 15th Chris and I celebrated 21 years of marriage and I’m SUPER DUPER grateful to say that our excitement to snuggle on the couch together has returned and we’d gladly share a bit of our testimony. As ironic as it may seem, I think I would probably start by explaining how much better our marriage is now than ever before. Like the wives in the video, I would give all glory to God for the miracle of healing and restoration, and insist that others who are struggling seek the Lord. Of course, our marriage isn't perfect, nor will it ever be, but with the Lord’s grace we’re able to accept the things we cannot change, we have the courage we need to change the things that need to be changed, and daily, we beg for the wisdom that we need to know the difference! Chris and I continue to celebrate the victory that we have obtained through Christ, but we also understand the importance of remaining vigilant. After all, "our opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) We are committed to keeping our marriage as our top priority and hold each accountable for making intentional decisions that will build us up and breathe life into our relationship.
Chris and I are SO appreciative of all the prayers that have been offered these last couple of years for us. We know how powerful prayer is and doubt that we would have made it through without the loving support of so many.
As a small token of our appreciation, we're dedicating this upcoming year to praying for others who are struggling in their marriages. Each morning Chris and I spend about an hour praying together. We’ve decided to use a portion of that time for intercessory prayer. Daily, we’ll petition the Lord for His help in restoring what has been lost in your marriage or perhaps the marriage of a loved one. We know that Jesus wants to “make all things new” (Rev 21:5), but we also believe that He waits for us to invite Him into our difficulties. If you'd like us to add any married couples who are struggling to our prayer list, simply send us an email with their names: firstname.lastname@example.org.