Friday, June 10, 2011

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Five years ago today, Ryan and I made a covenant before the Lord to love, honor, and cherish each other no matter what this life would bring our way.

As I was watching our wedding video today,
I was reminded of a hymn we chose to have played at the beginning of our ceremony,
"Great is Thy Faithfulness".

I started thinking, that describes exactly what God has done in our marriage over these last
five years, show His Faithfulness:

When we were unsure of exactly what it meant to "leave and cleave",
He was Faithful and patient to show us
what becoming one truly means.

When we lost our tempers and
got angry with each other,
He was Faithful to calm us down,
show us humility, and how to forgive.

When we had our first child 18 months into our marriage, and I had no clue how to be a mommy, He was Faithful to encourage me and
give me confidence through Ryan.

When we left Auburn, moved to Birmingham and Ryan had to start his business from scratch, there were many times we couldn't see where the next paycheck would come from, but He was Faithful and always provided exactly what we needed when we needed it.

When we desperately desired
a biblically sound church home in our new city,
He was Faithful to not only direct us
to this church, but provide for us
some strong Christian friends to walk beside us.

When our sweet babies start turning into toddlers who threw tantrums, had attitudes, and didn't always respond to our discipline the way we had hoped, He was and still is Faithful to remind us to be consistent, keep our cool, and be patient.

When we had our third baby in just over three years, and the demands of so many little ones just seemed too much to bear,
He was and still is Faithful to
carry our burdens and give us the strength
and grace to get through each new day
He has given us.

Although we make mistakes daily in how we relate to each other, He is Faithful to forgive us, show us how to communicate with each other, and how to grow in our relationship with
Christ and each other.

God was Faithful in our courtship, engagement, and wedding day, and is still Faithful
in keeping that spark alive,
five years and three children later.

"For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife;
and they shall become one flesh."
- Genesis 2:24


MamaHen said...

Happy Happy Anniversary! You look so pretty in your pictures!

Anna said...

You should pray to get that pretty tan back (which means you gotta stop poppin out the little ones for a minute). You are the best mom and yall have an amazing marriage, thanks for being such an example for me!

Kathleen said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I hope you and Ryan get some alone time! Thanks for being an amazing example of a Godly wife!!! Love you sissy!

Tonya said...

Happy Anniversary!! Hope you had a wonderful day together.

Rachel said...

Happy Anniversary!! That was a beautiful post - I hope y'all had some great time together this weekend!

Amy said...

Beautiful post! God has been so faithful to Ross and me, as well. What a testimony a Christ centered marriage can be to the world around us. Beautiful pictures, too!