Reblogged from here
"I do," is one of the shortest sentences in our English language and yet
it carries a promise that's too vast to be measured by man.
It's not one thing we do, but a thousand little things that make up the sum of our vows.
Long-lasting love doesn't happen by accident. We don't find ourselves
holding hands after twenty-five years with the one that we love by pure
chance. Love is deliberate, it's intentional, it's purposeful, and in
the end it's worth every minute that we give of ourselves to another.
Marriage is a thousand little things. It's giving up your right to be right
in the heat of an argument. It's forgiving another when they let you
down. It's loving someone enough to step down so they can shine. It's
friendship. It's being a cheerleader and trusted confidant. It's a place
of forgiveness that welcomes one home, and arms they can run to in the
midst of a storm. It's grace.
It's giving of yourself tirelessly down paths you'd never imagine to
travel. Through sickness and pain, poverty and loss, it's carrying the
weight of another. It's being the smile they see in the morning, and the
body they hold close at night. It's pure love. It's standing together
in the face of adversity. It's riding alongside each other in a battle
that threatens to tear down your marriage and seeks to grab hold of your
faith. It's strength under pressure.
It's listening to the heart of another and understanding their pain.
It's offering words of encouragement when they need it most. It's
walking hand-in-hand in the park, and a gentle kiss in the pouring rain.
It's laughing together.
It's endless compassion.
Marriage is ordained by an almighty God, and when we live out our vows
according to His incredible wisdom and grace...it never fails.
You are loved by an almighty God,