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Friday, November 19, 2010

5 Years, Footprints in the Sand

Today is our 5 year anniversary. I know maybe that doesn't seem like a lot but to us it feels like a lifetime.

We met in college. He was known as the "weird one" but I saw someone different. I saw one of the kindest, gentlest men I've ever met. I knew instantly we would get married, he took a little convincing but even in our first year of dating we went through more than I could have ever imagined. He was there holding me when both of my uncle's passed away and all I wanted to do was go with them. We were together when his grandma got sick and passed away on his birthday.

In the last year or two things really started falling apart with us, the stress of having two babies, the depression and fights and the other unmentionable issues we had really started trying to tear us apart. I see now through everything, God was holding us together even when we just wanted to go our own way. He was trying to speak to us, but neither of us were listening.

As we walk together on this journey, I see so clearly God holding us together. Our marriage is His. As we walk with Him, we are a team, unstoppable. Nothing can or will tear our family apart. We've come so far even with-in the last 6 months. Everything we've been through has just made us stronger. To see you grow and change and run to God leaves me speechles.

God told me that the past is left in the past. To put it down and walk away. Only God's grace remains. Through all of the shame I feel, there is forgiveness in His love and He has washed us clean. I can't wait to see where this journey takes us, lets make it a lifetime, shall we?

5 comments:

Debi said...

I love your wedding pic...I love your story! God is amazing...marriage is a 3-fold cord...it's her - him - & - God!!! God bless you & John today, and everyday!!!

Lisa said...

I have seen such growth in both of you in just the short time I have known you. God is going to continue to do amazing things in your life.

Jenifer said...

Happy anniversary. God is doing such amazing things in the both of you. It is exciting to watch. May God richly bless you both. Thank you for sharing your story.

Kelli said...

I like when you said this, "God told me that the past is left in the past. To put it down and walk away. Only God's grace remains." Its so true that we try to carry the past burdens on our shoulders when all God wants to do is carry them for us. I realized I could never claim what God had in my future because I continually allowed myself to weighted down by the past. Praise God for setting us all free...free to love him and serve him.

Amanda Daubenmeyer said...

What a great story. I just finished a book on marriage and it's great to hear how God restores other couple's marriages, as well as my own. God bless you both and many, many more blessed anniversaries to you!