Sharing my wedding day with you is really an intimate place in my heart because I keep almost all of my relationships tucked away in a safe place where there is less judgement and less comparison, but that isn’t what I’m called to do here on this earth. I am not called to protect the whole or shield the broken areas of my life - I’m called to share with you how Jesus has blessed me through believing in Him and how he has and continues to provide restoration in different areas of my life.
Today I celebrate my marriage and I share with you a glimpse of Chad and I’s relationship - together as we have been on a journey since January 2012. Before our marriage we have been challenged through many tough times and even time apart from each other, but through God’s grace we have grown closer to The Lord and each other. It is incredibly easy to resonate on what our flesh wants and our earthly desires, but ultimately there is no fruit to be had in those areas of our life. Chad and I both realized that after being apart we needed to align our life and relationship priorities with The Lord instead of what “we thought” we needed. We quickly realized that our lives here on earth are not for just our pleasures, but to serve a loving and good Father. I am so excited to share with you our future marriage adventures as we strive to better serve Jesus.
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Why does God use the example of marriage in scripture to show how he loved his church?
In short, I believe he uses marriage to show us his love because there is so much goodness in marriage just as there is in following Jesus Christ- there is nothing more beautiful and testifying than to share a walk for Jesus with your spouse. No matter how much hurt Jesus went through as He died on the cross for our chance of life with forgiveness, He continues to love us and show us grace each and everyday- marriage calls for that kind of unconditional love and grace.