Love and Marriage: 19 Years

by GfG on July 27, 2013 · 2 comments

“It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The rightness of this quote hit the mark of my heart a few days ago when I read it for the first time.  It is a powerful truth that our culture seems to refuse embracing, but is actually empowering and encouraging.

I’m grateful that this truth’s rightness resonated with Paul and I at a starry eyed age because reality of the sustaining power of marriage for love has proved itself.

And that’s not a bad thing.

It’s a life thing.

It’s, honestly, a love thing.

Marriage and love go hand in hand, and occasionally the hand holding is out of obedience, not optimism.

Marriage and love go hand in hand, and sometimes the hand holding is out of commitment, not crush.

Marriage and love go hand in hand, and often the hand holding is out of perseverance, not passion.

Today I celebrate God’s goodness, grace, and glory in the gift of my marriage for nineteen years. Paul has always and continues to surprise me with his love for me.

I am grateful to hold his hand for obedience and optimism.  For commitment and crush.  For perseverance and passion.

me and Paul 19 years WEB

For life.

Thank you, Lord, for nineteen years of love and marriage! 

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Christine @ Glory to God July 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Oh, so true. Lovely post and a beautiful picture of both of you!

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Papalou July 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Nineteen years?! Yikes, it seems like yesterday when we flew into Phoenix (120 degrees), then up to Flagstaff…what a beautiful setting for a beautiful ceremony! Much love and continued success in your continued love relation with each other! And those six little Indians, well, they are quite the bonus! Luv U both….

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