Six years have passed since Aaron and I were married. I never knew how much I would grow to enjoy, appreciate, admire, and depend on him. His example of struggle and Christ-like love have taught and encouraged me each day.
It is amazing how quickly this life passes and how important it is to live the life we have been given in each moment, knowing that this is it…our single temporal chance to discover what we were created to do: to love. Not mushy fleeting love or emotionally hesterical love, though there are times for these…but to truly love in God’s way…by having mercy, denying ourselves, taking up our cross daily, and laying down our life for others. These past six years have taught me the beauty of this kind of love. I am so thankful for marriage and the opportunity it provides to LEARN this, as it is definitely not my natural impulse.
With each trial and joy, we have made a choice to either allow ourselves to be conformed to His image or to our own fallen image. Most moments, I have chosen the latter but when I look back over these years and can pick out the moments of Grace that fill even the smallest daily things, it is lovely. I look forward to those to come.
Happy Anniversary, honey. May God grant us many more through His love and Mercy. May we finish the race that has been set before us. I love you.