As I mentioned a few days ago, my husband and I were asked to give a little talk / devotional at a family bridal shower.
The purpose: to pass along some marriage wisdom to the bride and groom.
When I discussed this with my husband, he said, “Us? Why?” and….”Let’s borrow someone else’s story.”
I’d like to say that is humility, but really it’s just the fact that we are still learning and struggling sometimes to just love each other they way we should.
But, powered by God’s grace, we are making progress. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
You can plan a gorgeous wedding with all of the trendy colors, Pinterest ideas, and delectable treats. You can rake in gift cards, checks, and gorgeous baubles to decorate your new nest.
However, building a successful marriage goes far past the dreamy wedding; it takes a lifetime.
It’s the day-in, day-out dying to myself that wins victories. It’s the consistent obedience to the Author of marriage and the regular forgiving and asking forgiveness that establishes trust.
We have been married for 27.5 years. At least we can look back and see that God has done some refining — in ourselves and as a couple.
And maybe that is worth passing along to a pair of fresh little lovebirds.
Word Prompt of the Day: NEST
(Also helpful: Angela’s post today about Priscilla, a godly wife.)
Photo credit: Virgil Cayasa