YOUNG & IN LOVE: THE BEGINNING
Quick backstory: I have been married for 3 years to my husband, Lucas. He is the sweetest, silliest, most driven man after God’s heart, and is someone who is constantly growing and challenging me. This was actually one (of the many) reasons I was very attracted to Lucas when we first starting dating. He can sit and talk for hours about a topic that he is passionate about and is always looking to learn more.
Lucas and I first started dating in the summer of 2017. I was 21 and he was 22, both still in school working towards our careers. He was in South Carolina for soccer and like any romantic knight in shining armor, he slid into my DMs and started Snapchatting me. This later turned into 4 hour FaceTime calls every night where we would share the most intimate details of our lives and dream together for our future. When Lucas came home from his summer away, he finished his last college semester in Hastings, NE and then moved to Omaha, where we got engaged. After 8 short months of dating, we decided it was time to tie the knot and we went downtown to the courthouse one Monday morning and made it official. I wore a white dress from Forever 21, he wore a bowtie, and we both rocked matching black vans on our big day. About a year later we had a ceremony and reception to celebrate with friends and family and danced the night away!
Fast forward about two years later and we welcomed our first little baby into the world, Rowen James. (Pop over to my “This is MOM-ing” blog to learn more about our little sweet, but very crazy, bundle of joy). It has been the hardest, yet, most exciting and rewarding 3 years of my life & I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Okay, so maybe that was not SUPER quick lol, but thank you for bearing with me.
When I first joined the Creative Writing Team at MyCity, I instantly knew that I wanted to explore writing on this topic. I am excited to talk about being “Young and in Love” and how to protect your love through God and His word. It is not just you and your loved one walking through life together. God is right there with you, cheering you on and giving you advice on how to have the most fulfilling relationship with your spouse or significant other. Need proof?
Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Mark 10:9: “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Matthew 19:6: “So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.“
God is the GLUE. When we are united in Him, the bond between a husband and a wife is one of peace, gentleness, and patience. What God calls together, nothing can separate. A bond between Jesus, a husband, and a wife is a bond that is not easily broken. God LOVES love! He CELEBRATES marriage. It makes His heart LEAP!
NOW HERE’S THE THING. A Godly marriage is by far, the most rewarding and heartfelt type of marriage there is. However, who knows that wherever God is moving, there is an enemy trying to steal, kill, and destroy the joy and happiness the Lord is sharing? Marriage can be HARD. It can come with challenges you never expected and can still lead to heartbreak if not nurtured and cared for. This is where I am excited to share about the obstacles and heartache we have felt in our marriage when not leaning on God and standing firm on His foundation. My place to share the real and raw sides of marriage and how you have to wake up everyday and CHOOSE to tend to and grow your love. This is a space to share our mistakes, how we have fought through them, and just how GRACEFUL our God is. This is where I can share our constant refining process and how God restores.
Until next time!