This week end marks a huge accomplishment in my life. As of May 18th 2018, me and my husband have been married for 16 years. That may not be much to some and it may seem like a life time to others. But for me it seems like no time at all. It seems like just yesterday that me, Jay and little Darius stood in front of Elder Webb reciting our vows. It wasn't planned but Darius stood right up front with us and looking back at the pictures I would not change a thing.
Marriage is not always easy and it takes a lot of work from both parties. Like anything else you get out of it what you put into it. For us it is a constant give and take but at the same time it is like a balancing act. If I'm lacking in one area he may have to pick up in that area. For example, if I'm not feeling well my husband may do more house chores. This works both ways in every aspect of our relationship from our finances to our emotional needs and everything in between.
I have heard it said that anything worth having is worth working for. I feel really good when I think over the years and all the ups and downs and see that we are still here, together. And not just together for names sake, I know he loves me and I believe he knows that I love him. I thank God for my husband all the time.
So as I celebrate this wonderful occasion I would like to encourage other married couples to stay the course. The rewards of marriage far outweighs any cons. Make sure your significant other knows exactly how you feel about them. And don't just be committed to the idea of marriage be committed to the person as their other half. Be devoted to going through this life together as God intended.
Genesis 1:27-28: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.' "
Genesis 2:24: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."
Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
Colossians 3:14: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
Ephesians 5:25-33: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, ..."