With today being valentines day, I thought there would be no better topic than my love for my wife.
My wife and I have been together for 9 years (we have been married soon to be 7 years) and I would be lieing if I didn't say it was full of ups and downs. However, it is those ups and downs that have brought us to where we are today.
I love my wife for many reasons. When I fell in love with her, it was because she was different than anyone I had ever met before. She was willing to be honest with me and wasn't scared to be who she really is. It was in finding out who she really is and what she cares about that I found myself constantly thinking about her and wanting to spend the rest of my life with her.
After being married, I find that I love her more because of the times I get to spend still getting to know her, seeing her heart and love for others, and her commitment to our family. She is a great mother who is constantly putting our kids before herself and is willing to stay home with them so they get the best care possible.
You see, because she stays home, we have had to give up a lot of what the world has to offer. We don't make as much as other families, but she is able to take what I do make, and make it work to take care of us all. (I know God has this in control and works in/through her)
I love and admire her for how she desires to spend time with God. I say desire, because I know she really wants that and does anything she can to get it. I hope someday our kids see how much she loved them and she wanted this time because it made her an even better mother.
I love my wife because she puts up with me. We are all filled with flaws and things we don't do perfect. Like I said, we have been through a lot and I have been, at various points, someone I didn't want to be and she helped me work through it. She helped me become more of the man that God wants me to be.
I know God had a plan for putting us together. I couldn't imagine spending my life with anyone else. She is so special to me and even though we sometimes have arguments, it is through those arguments that grow deeper relationship with each other and God. I couldn't imagine my relationship being as strong as it is without her. She challenges me to go deeper. She challenges me to want more.
I thank God for my wife. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians he said "the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her husband” (1 Cor. 7:14). While I know there is only one that can offer us salvation, I believe Paul was saying that our spouses will challenge us and help us to reach that point. My wife does that.
She is all of these things and more, yet ufortunantly I have a hard time putting this into words on a daily basis.
I love you Marcey. I really really love you!