Today is our anniversary. It was four years ago today that I married my soulmate, the love of my life – my wonderful husband Jim. Next to God, Jim is the song in my heart, and the wind beneath my wings.
It was a beautiful, warm, sunny autumn afternoon the day that Jim and I eloped. We walked hand in hand into the county courthouse, applied for, received our marriage license, and then were ushered into the chambers of the Justice of the Peace. We wanted this particular moment to remain ours and ours alone. It was short, sweet, and very private. Within a few minutes we were married.
Over the course of the next several months we slowly revealed to a very few select others that we were married, but for the most part we kept our marriage secret. We saw the civil ceremony as the legal contract that bound us together, but we also wanted to seek to enter into God’s covenant of marriage, with His blessing. So almost seven months later we experienced our “Blessing of a Marriage” – a complete full-blown church ceremony and following celebration. We often say that May 17, 2014, the day of our Marriage Blessing was perhaps the most magical day of our lives. Even though we were already married in the eyes of the law, the emotion, the meaning, and the anticipation of this ceremony, this blessing of our marriage was incredible. It was there with our dearest family and friends that our marriage was prayed over and God doubly blessed us.
People have since asked us which anniversary date we celebrate. Our answer – both. It took a long, long time for true love to reach both of our hearts. And, once we realized that the love was there, the dam was broken, the flood waters came and swept us into each other’s arms. We knew then, as we still realize now, that we have the real thing, the one love for which so many of us search our entire lives. We’ve both been down the broken road, and as we approached the senior years of our life, God brought us together. We, maybe more so than others, realize just how rare and precious this love that we have is. God answered our prayers for that one person with whom we could do life, spend the rest of our lives together, the one who makes us so much better. And we’ll happily celebrate both days as a reminder of God’s blessings.
I don’t want to give you the idea that everything is always harmonious. Especially since we work our business together, mostly inside our big rig (it’s all of about 75 square feet of space), we do life together each and every day, around the clock, 24/7. And, I don’t think that I would ever want it any other way. We are always together, I like to joke that he and I are stuck together side by side, as like a piece of Velcro. We have our moments that’s for sure. We occasionally butt heads since we both have strong wills, and at times strong opinions. We sometimes are abrupt, cranky, selfish, and outright feisty. But, we always work it out, and we learn and grow together, and as we do, our feelings for each other grow deeper and stronger.
I admire Jim so. He is dedicated. He is passionate. He works hard. He is kind. He is strong. He is responsible. He is tender. He loves his family fiercely. He loves God. He is funny. And, best of all, he is mine, all mine!
This man that God gave me, of him I am truly blessed. Thank you Lord for blessing me with this man, my husband. I love him more today than the days that I married him. ❤️
Happy Anniversary Sweetheart. I love you, I love you, I love you – always and forever!
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:14, ESV)
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7, ESV)
“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,” (Proverbs 12:4a, ESV)
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Colossians 3:12-13, ESV)