Piper and I have had some time to reflect on getting married. We wanted to write an article for two reasons. The first is to share some of our thoughts and feelings leading up to the wedding day. The second is to share some lessons we have learned through getting married.
From dating, to engagement, to all the wedding planning, I am thankful to say I am finally married.
It felt like a long, yet short journey leading up to the wedding day. It was a journey full of emotion as I was approaching an exciting once-in-a-lifetime destination.
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to watch my bride walk down the aisle, to say my vows in front of many witnesses, and to say the words “I do”. I had the privilege to experience all of those things. It was a day I will never forget. I had never felt more nervous or more excited to finally receive my bride that God had been preparing for 20 years.
Now that I’ve had some time to slow down and reflect not only on my wedding day, but the past year, I want to share something I have learned.
I’ve been married for less than a week, so I understand I cannot share earth-shattering marriage advice. I can though share something that being in this covenantal relationship has taught me, even if only for a short time. The number one thing God has put on my heart since getting married is being thankful.
Piper is the most beautiful woman in the world to me. She is more stunning to me now than the day I first met her. Despite her good looks, there is something about her that brings me to tears when I stop and think about it. I never thought I would feel such an overwhelming sense of gratitude, but I am so thankful for the heart God has given her.
I am married to a woman with a heart of gold. Sure it’s a heart infused with sin, but also a heart submitted to God and full of love.
Marriage is a journey of sanctification. It’s where two sinful people living in a sinful world help draw each other nearer to God each and every day. I am beyond thankful I get to travel this journey with my wife Piper.
What I’ve learned is that true beauty is found within the heart. This is something I’ve known my entire life, but see more clearly now that I am married.
As we take our first steps in this journey of marriage, I am excited that I get to be the man to make her more like Christ. In a similar fashion, I am thankful she is the one that will help make me more like Christ.
I married a woman who underneath all the beauty, has a more beautiful heart. This is what I am thankful for!
Dating, engagement, and marriage…wow! This past weekend has been one I will never forget. On Saturday December 3rd 2016, I married my best friend. I laid in bed the night before the wedding in shock knowing the very next morning I would be committing myself to this man for the rest of my life.
The day of the wedding was filled with butterflies, shaking, and nerves. I was not nervous from all the attention that was on us or knowing how many people were looking at me as I made my way down the aisle. I was nervous because I knew that this was the day that I would commit the rest of my life to this man I had grown to love. And let me tell you, I don’t regret it one bit.
Through these past few days God has shown me more and more of my husband’s beautiful heart. It has been such a journey we have been on since the beginning. Now we start a new beginning, a beginning to a much greater journey. This greater journey includes growing to know each other on a deeper level, helping each other make Christ the center of all the things we do, and encouraging one another on a day to day basis. Marriage is such a beautiful thing and I cannot wait to learn more about it moving forward.
Whenever I get the chance to stare at my husband I am filled with honor, appreciation, and gratitude. I am beyond grateful that God brought this man into my life now and forever. I feel so blessed that God has given me Jordan. He is someone who makes me better. We can have fun together, laugh, cry, and argue, but in all these things it reveals the amazing heart I knew my husband has and will continue to have.
In the last few days Jordan has shown me more and more of his heart. I am truly honored to continue this life with him now as my husband.
I am so thrilled and ecstatic to see what marriage has in store for us. There is nothing I want more than to continue our beautiful life together now as one.