I borrowed this novel from the library this week and it did not disappoint. I am a huge sap, but I feel like God is overwhelming me with His love today. How appropriate on this beautiful Thanksgiving Day.
Anyway, back to this book…
This is the kind of book that is hard to put down. In fact, I woke up at 3am, wondering if it was morning yet because I wanted to finish reading it! It’s a sweet love story, and I am a huge sucker for love stories.
I am not going to go into detail about this book because if you want to read it too, just find a review online.😉
Today, I am going to talk about something God has been speaking to me about lately…
I am so in love with my husband.
Our marriage has flourished more here, in the past 2 years, than it ever did in America. I have no full explanation for this other than that cute and cheesy marriage advice people often give, Run after God and look who is running besides you…maybe that person is the one you should marry.
That’s how my husband and I were first attracted to each other. We barely knew each other, but the year before he and I started dating, he and I both (separately) were deeply touched by God and we began pursuing Him with our whole hearts. We saw deep passion for God in each other, and that is what built our attraction to one another. I know it sounds cheesy, but it is actually really true.
Single people, do you want to know one key that will help you in life but also to prepare for marriage one day? Do what God says, die to yourself and learn to love and serve those around you now.
Married people, do you want to know one key that will help improve your marriage? Do what God says, die to yourself and learn to love and serve your spouse and those around you even better today.
I think this is the one key that has helped my marriage grow these past 2 years. First, saying the big “yes” to God by coming overseas together and then everyday saying “yes” to Him and saying “yes” again in out hearts to each other every. single. day.
I know it sounds kind of overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Take it one day at a time. One minute at a time.
Who has God put in front of you today? Your roommate? Your co-worker? Your spouse? Your children? Your friends? Your enemies?
Die to yourself and learn to love and serve those around you.
These past 2 years, daily, my husband and I have been learning this lesson. You would think that dying to yourself and your own desires would make things harder, but actually, it has done the opposite…and has made our lives so much better.
In the past (almost) 15 years, our marriage has certainly been stretched, we have had some major bumps along the way, but today, I can honestly say that our marriage is richer, deeper, and honestly more fun today than ever.
This past Sunday, my husband was helping with the music at church and just the sound of his voice brought tears to my eyes, I know that is weird and cheesy to some, but it is true. I love hearing him sing to the Lord. It’s the most beautiful sound, because I know how sincere his heart is and how pleasing our songs are to the Lord.
Earlier this week I had this dream that I was my current age and still single. I had this deep longing in my heart to be married and in the dream I told the Lord, “If I ever get married, I want to marry C!” (For those who don’t know, “C” is my husband. I woke up rather suddenly and it took me a few minutes to realize that C and I have actually been married almost 15 years and we have 5 kids together! 🙌🏼
I woke up and told my husband, “Aren’t you glad that even in my dreams, I want to marry you?!”
But it’s true, in my dreams and in my real life, I only want C!
But how have we even gotten to this place in our marriage where we are still very much in love?
Putting God first and dying to ourselves.
This is a universal lesson for all human beings, single or married. I hope that is post encourages some people out there today.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
(P.S. I probably could have spent more time polishing up this post, but I need to make mashed potatoes now so this will have to do for today!)