February 18, 2013

Praying For Our Marriage



By all rights, we don't make sense.
Three months of dating and we were engaged.
Only a small time before that we were shaking hands and making introductions.
A junior, a freshman.
By all rights, engagement should have been a far off thought.

By all rights, we shouldn't be planning a wedding.
I have one year of school left.
He has to put his plans on hold because we'll only live in Oklahoma until next January.
By all rights, studying abroad should be a solo activity.
But no, we'll go together.
By all rights, we shouldn't be doing the things that we're doing.

By all rights, we should break up, get together again, break up, and repeat.
Instead of choosing the path of commitment that we have chosen.
We don't want to build the habit of believing that breaking up is ever a solution the way that so many couples do.
So we work through the challenges.
The daunting challenges of money and family dynamics.
By all rights, we should just give up.

It's a good thing that common sense is not always the right thing to do.
It's a good thing that love goes beyond emotions.
It's a good thing that we live by faith, and not by sight. 

I am getting so excited for this ceremony that will happen in 89 days.
So excited and filled with prayers for that special day.
Filled with prayers for the habits that we're establishing.
Prayers for our actions, our attitudes, and our ability to grow. 
What a responsibility. 
What a privilege to share my life with someone else.

So here's me taking a step of faith and asking you to take one with me.
Whoever you are, wherever you're reading this...
whether you're in a Starbucks or your room...
remember Blake and I in your prayers?
We covet them and feel them as our friends and family help us prepare for marriage.
Our faith is our priority, and we believe in the power of prayer.
I was given some solid advice recently by a married woman.
She told me, 
"Your marriage will encounter every pitfall that the devil can throw at you. So pray. Day and night. In the hard times and especially in the good times. Pray for protection over your marriage. Pray for integrity. Pray for humility. Pray for wisdom. Pray without ceasing. And ask people to pray for you, even when everything is going good."
So I ask you to join me in the power of prayer. 
That's my humble request, dear blog reader.
And if I am ever in a situation where I can return the favor to you, please let me know.
Because I firmly believe in the power of prayer. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Message (MSG)
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.