Friday, August 23, 2013

Thoughts On Our 4 Year Wedding Anniversary

August 23 2009 :)

Today Jess and I celebrate 4 years of marriage!  Here are some thoughts on this anniversary...

This past year I've realized even more, what a gift from God my wife is.  In the 4 years we've been married we have lived in 4 different states and have packed up all of earthly belongings to move many more times than that.  We don't own a car right now, and we don't have a giant home, but my wife has forsaken the things of this world for the pursuit and service of Jesus Christ.   

Not many women would make that sacrifice.  I'm grateful, 5 years ago, God persisted in telling me to pursue her when it made no sense.  At the time I didn't know that this pursuit would be completely in my best interest.

Rick Warren recently tweeted "The easiest way to sabotage God's intended purpose for your life is to enter into a wrong relationship."

If you're not married yet my advice to you is this.  Don't settle!

My friend Jon Barnes who discipled me through out high school gave me this piece of relationship advice about finding "the one." 

"Run as hard and fast as you can after Jesus and see who can keep up."

Because of who my wife is, her depth of character, and her love of Jesus, I can be free to lead us in continued pursuit of serving Him.

If you are married, INVEST in your marriage.  Make it a priority.  Husbands love your wives as Christ loves the church.  Serve, sacrifice, call forth the things God has created her to be.  

Women, respect your husbands as you respect the Lord.  Give affirmation, choose to see the good things your husband does and thank him for them.

Know one another's LOVE LANGUAGES and work to speak them fluently.  

A book we read before we got married that I recommend to all of you is Love and Respect.  It's a simple concept based on Ephesians 5.  Pick up a copy and read it together!  

Tonight we are celebrating by taking the bus to Morton's Steakhouse.  We've never been to a Morton's but we both wanted to try it so we've been saving up for this extravagant meal.  I think we might be the only people that took the bus to get to this high end steakhouse.  haha, i love it.  

Want to see our wedding photos?  Here's a set.  And here's another set.  

Engage:  What is the most helpful relationship advice you've ever heard?  What can you do TODAY to invest in your marriage?  Share it with us in the comments!


  1. aw i really enjoyed reading this! i especially loved the rick warren tweet and this, "Run as hard and fast as you can after Jesus and see who can keep up." So good! I'm stealing those! haha :p

  2. thanks for stopping by and reading!


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