Reflections on Almost 4 Years of Marriage

“Though one may be overpowered,two can defend themselves.A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12

At the end of December, Nick and I will celebrate our fourth anniversary. That verse up at the top is one of the ones from our wedding.

Even though on that day, Nick and I got married, it wasn’t just us. We were making this commitment, not just to ourselves, but to the Lord too. Knowing that not only were we committed to each other, but that we were a part of something bigger has made a huge difference, as has having Christ in the center of our marriage. Relying on Him is the best way to withstand any struggles that we go through together.

But I am also grateful for the other people in my life. The couples who were married long before us, who set a Godly example of what a good marriage should look like. Our married friends, who are in this with us and provide encouragement that they too believe staying married is worth it. It’s encouragement, even during times when nothing is going wrong.

I guess what I’ve learned, or maybe what I already knew, is that marriage is not just me. I am in it, forever, with Nick and God by my side. It is learning to think, not just of my own needs, but of the needs of someone else. It’s sometimes the mirror you never wanted to look in – because you learn so much about yourself in the way you treat and react to other people.

In the end, I am glad to be married. I view it as one of the best things I have ever done. I would do it all over again. It is amazing, to do life with this partner of mine. To do it together. To have someone know you so deeply. To raise children with someone so awesome.

Every once in a while, when people find out how long I’ve been married, they ask me if I regret getting married so young.

Do I? Not for one second.

This post has been linked back to Titus 2 Tuesday.

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