"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands." - Psalm 143:5

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Spoken For

 

 

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“May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” Proverbs 5:18

I wanted my first post of 2013 to be about the adventure of marriage. This wonderful roller coaster ride of emotions, experiences and discoveries is a calling. It’s a sacred journey that calls two individuals to become one.

That my friend…is an adventure

When my wife looked into my eyes and said “I do” 30 years ago, she made my dreams come true and I became the happiest man on the planet. Christine helped me understand my heart, helped it feel again and come alive. The adventure of being married has been breathtaking and freeing…I love the feeling of being hers. Through the covenant of marriage, my bride has done something amazing.

She rescued my heart

That was no small task, I was damaged goods and in my mind, a bit strange. She took part in the Father’s restoration project and I am a better man because of it. My heart is hers, my life is hers and this romance is a blessed fellowship of two souls. Marriage is a treasure…a fortune of God’s favor.

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22

I remember meeting my wife at a local flower show on a rainy, depressing day last year. I was walking out of dull grayness and stepping into beauty. Seeing my wife among all those flowers reminded me that marriage is all about beauty, the adventurous, passionate beauty of two people becoming one. Men need that beauty, that sense of wonder; it answers a longing deep within us. That secret nerve vibrates with a desire that can only sync with a heart made to beat for us, a woman’s heart.

“In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.” ~ Christopher Morley

I sometimes think that we (men) are afraid of beauty, thinking it makes us soft and “girly”. The truth is that appreciating beauty does not make us soft; it helps us understand softness. Part of my wife’s beauty, her strength and what makes her captivating is her softness. That strength is what rescued my heart and reminds me every moment of something wonderfully mysterious.

I am spoken for

So, I’m wondering…What does your marriage do you for you?

 

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