It's a new year. For me, it doesn't feel like I am just starting a new chapter, rather an entirely different book. Even though I have been committed to Melinda for almost 3 year now, and she has made an impact on my choices and decisions, marriage takes it to an entirely new level. Legal papers will be signed, names will change, and more importantly a covenant of forever before our God will be made. It's not a game of love or infatuation to get lost in. It's forever, no matter what. It's hard work, blood, sweat and tears. You often hear horror stories of the first year of marriage, and in all honesty as much excitement surrounds this new book we are getting ready to write, there is also (I think) a healthy amount of fear. I honestly don't doubt that we won't make it (perhaps all brides to be feel this hope) but I know we can't do it on our own. Through Christ alone will our marriage last. Through Christ alone will we find the love, forgiveness, grace and mercy needed to make this journey to the end. It’s not an easy task and we aren’t entering into in lightly.
3 years ago Melinda challenged me to “give God the first of my year.” With the months leading up to January we prayerful spend time discussing what it will look like and mark 21 days off of our calendar to set aside solely for Him. Over the years the meaning of this “giving God the first of our fruits” has changed, and this year too it has evolved. As we prepare to enter this holy covenant of marriage, one where survival comes from being grounded in Christ, we are using these 21 days to fervently seek Him, to set aside all distractions, and to intentionally live out Romans 12:1-2.
It might appear that we have fallen off the face of the earth, but I assure you we will be back to update you on our cute puppies, our wedding countdown and the amazing things He is doing in our lives near the end of January. We are eager to see God working in our lives and taking us deeper in our faith over the next 21 days. In the meantime, your prayers are coveted and appreciated (and if anyone is up for the challenge come join us!).