Today is a day of rejoicing. Today is a day of remembering. Today is a day of praising the One whom it is all owed. Today, Greg and I celebrate 16 years of marriage.
A marriage that when forgiveness couldn’t be offered, forgiveness was still given by a Resurrected King. A marriage full of hardship and pain and brokenness yet has been renewed, restored, made new.
A day to celebrate that we no longer live in a dry land but embrace the living water Himself. A day to remember His faithfulness even in the suffering and His protection even from ourselves, our choices.
An anniversary of the day two young, selfish, naive hearts became as one and set out on a journey that would almost destroy us. But God. A covering of His almighty hand that would fulfill His plans, even when we tried our own.
A marriage that was vowed before God and one that was almost destroyed before the world. A marriage that once functioned from wounded hearts but now flourishes from the love of Christ.
We are a miracle. A miracle that is continuously attacked by the adversary who lies and tempts us to forget the promises of God. The truth. But we remember. Even in the hard days. The pain. The stench of the past. We remember. We are a miracle.
Beloved, as we reminisce of days gone by and a marriage restored, let me remind you that you too, are a miracle. That your marriage is a miracle. Your circumstances, your past, your pain, your loss. It’s all a miracle. Believe it. We have a Heavenly Father that is working. He is molding. He is providing. He will restore.
But first, unravel His true love for you. In spite of choices made or addictions formed. In spite of selfishness and pain you’ve caused or endured. In spite of it all. Forgiveness is offered. Always. Love is abundant. Always. Grace is extended. Always. Faithfulness is continuous. Always.
And when you can grasp the fullness of just who God is and what He promises, the light will shine on your darkness, your heart, your marriage, and new life will begin.
Embrace your first true love. Understand its power, His love’s healing power. Breathe in His unconditional love and exhale the lies of the world, the enemy. And when you do, it will all unfold before your eyes and what was once a stronghold, will be used for good. The saving of many lives.
Believe it. I have. We have. We are a miracle.
Embrace the Father’s love. Hold on to His promises. Help is on the way. Believe it. You are a miracle too.