What are we doing for our 19th wedding anniversary?
Gazing over our eighth child while I rest and recover from childbirth! •
I would have never believed it, if you told me 20 years ago, what our life would look like today.
No, we never set out to have a big family. In fact, when I first met @resolute.man, I was pretty sure I was “called” to be a celibate, single missionary. •
I had the wrong perspective of marriage. •
And truthfully, looking back, I really liked my freedom and independence.
Our story isn’t a short 3 sentence story. God had a lot of work to do in us both back then and marriage is still a refining catalyst in our growth. •
But here we are, 20 years from when we met, 19 years married, and still growing, learning, and loving each other through the journey. •
I had to learn back then, that God had a bigger vision for my life than I did. There was a time when I thought the most noble way to devote oneself to God was in selfless service to missions work. But God has corrected and taught me that He can do a lot more in and through me because I’m married. •
Simple, humble, loyal, faithful living, and service to one man for many years is character refining, soul sanctifying work. And God cared about my character enough that he didn’t let me remain unaccountable and independent for too long.
Not only that, but I believe we shine God’s image to the world in a much more full way being together than we ever could have apart. •
As a young person, one can become so overwhelmed with feelings of “love” that we don’t always catch the biblical vision, that marriage should be our greatest ministry and that it is an ambassador to a broken world. •
Biblical marriage is less about self, and all about God. A couple striving to live out a Biblical marriage will be more concerned about the “missionary” their marriage has become to the world and less about what they get or don’t get.
Once I got it, my world changed. •
I just thank God that we have both continued to have teachable hearts before the Lord. We know we have a lot to learn as a “young married couple of only 19 years,” but I am excited to learn beside you, Isaac! •
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