hope anchors the soul

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Yesterday I was reminded how marriage is a beautiful, precious gift.

Not many people have strong, joyous marriages. Not many couples last. It's incredibly rare--a testament to how broken we all are. How fickle and fleeting and false. Every single one of us.

Protect your marriage, friends. Guard it above all else. Cherish and nurture it. Love your spouses. Forgive them even when it's hard. Forgive them even if you're right. Show them grace every minute. Extend mercy. Be kind. Be gracious. Be uplifting.

And most importantly, when you fail at doing these things (and you will), rest. Rest in Jesus's forgiveness and his never-ending mercies. He is the only hope for our marriages and our ever-wandering souls.

39 comments:

Lindsay @ Bella Cene said...

I agree with you so much on this! I am blessed to be married to a wonderful man but I hate when people look at us like we're "lucky". No. We're not any different than you. We work and we make choices that yield a healthier marriage as opposed to destructing ones. We mess up (both he and I) and we forgive each other. It's so important for your hearts to be in the same place - with Jesus.

Ash said...

i sort of needed to read this today (:

Angi said...

LOVE. THIS. Annnnd amen.

delcers said...

Beautiful. Thank you!

Kale and Coriander said...

such a beautiful post! you are an inspiring woman! <3

P!nky said...

As a new bride to be, this was a great post to read! Thanks for sharing!

Love and Such said...

What a PERFECT picture of you guys. I hope that is framed huge in your home! Love.

Amy said...

I love this picture of y'all.
What truth you spoke today. <3

Ashley Wright said...

Love this! Couldn't agree more!

Nicole said...

Ohhh im gonna start crying now...that last sentence rings so true. Were it not for the love and forgiveness of Jesus, my marriage would be no more. Thankfully, the Lord had a plan. I couldn't see it at the time everything was going on, but he came swooping in to save us at the exact moment that we weren't about to make it. Praise the good Lord above. Thank you for this.

Cassie said...

this is beautiful and never more true.

and girl that picture just radiates happiness!! just looking at it makes a person want to smile.

have a great day.

Elle Noel said...

Beautiful message :) Couldn't agree more!

Kathy B said...

Your words forever make me smile. You have a heart of the finest gold, my dear. You look so beautiful and happy in that photo; I can only hope that some day I'll find the kind of love that you two have! Xx

Tamara said...

This is perfect. Well stated. I think people often forget to cherish their spouse in the middle of work drama, kid drama & just life. Thanks for the reminder!

julia rose. said...

This just warms my heart and gives me SO MUCH hope and joy for a marriage I may (or may not) find one day! I hope that if I though, it is just as joyous and strong as yours, friend. :)

Anonymous said...

I cannot tell you how absolutely necessary this was for me to read today. Without saying too much, hubs and I had it out for each other and had to bring up some very serious topics that I never thought I'd ever talk about. Thank you so much for this!

Lauren said...

Love this post! What a true blessing marriage is... so precious we must protect it! I think you would like Happywivesclub.com. Don't know if you have heard of it. But its great. I'm a contributor over there along with my own blog.

Lauren @ Aunt LaLa

rachel said...

Beautifully written and full of truth.
Thanks Jena. :)

Allison said...

So very true my friend. Love this reminder!!!!!

Jenna said...

I Iove this! As a bride-to-be, it's so important to remind myself that marriage is beautiful, but also takes so much work. Thank you for this reminder :)

Laura Ann said...

AMEN!!

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Audrey said...

This is so very true. Thank God for forgiveness, even for the little things. I know even just being engaged, I can make mistakes, and my fiance's forgiveness, because of God's own forgiveness is such a sweet blessing!

What a wonderful reminder. I actually had this same sweet reminder today, thanks to me being queen grump the last few days. I am blessed to have a man who has a forgiving heart, and lives through the grace of Christ.

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Katie said...

Beautiful! And what a wonderful reminder.

I just found your blog and am so happy I did! My husband and I are moving to San Antonio in just under a month--eek! Your blog is wonderful, can't wait to keep reading!

Ashley Markowski said...

I agree with this so much that it brought me to tears. ( being prego I'm sure didn't help my cause on that one ) and I read this to my husband.


-Ashley

Katie said...

This is fantastic and breathes so much truth. We are at a season in our marriage where many of our friends that were married at the same time we were are divorcing. We are putting in the hard work, but I think we always need the reminder to cherish what to have and to press on and towards each other.

Morgan said...

You are just beautiful! I couldn't agree more with you

Samara said...

Amen!!!!

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Faith Ann said...

Amen sister! I just love the two of you! :)

Morgan said...

I hear about how marriage is such hard work all the time! This makes me more cautious when it comes to finding the "one". I am not married, yet I can't wait to be. But I want to be picky so that when trial DO come our way, I can be sure that in the midst of it, I know I picked the right man.
But then again, what do I know, I am not married yet!
haha

Melissa said...

I didn't properly comment so - thank you for this! Both myself and my future (just over a month!) husband and I both loved it. After reading it, he kept reading your blog and finds you hilarious. :) Truly though - it's a gift to have each other and one of my goals has been to make sure I make him my first priority, and to remember to show him how valuable he is each day. Love this!

Kristin said...

Beautifully, beautifully said my dear.

Lauren said...

this is so beautiful, so simple, and so perfect!

Claire Berard said...

Uh... weird... you wrote this on my anniversary!! Chills! Married for 14 years! Very well said, the ending is perfect!! Love ya friend! Claire

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Holly said...

Beautiful! I hope to find a love like that one day.

Also your wedding dress is gorgeous.

Dina said...

Beautiful post and you were such a beautiful bride! So happy I stumbled upon and am a new follower :) Love how you are so outspoken!

xo, Dina
Beauty to Sparkle

Suze said...

Oh yes. Life has taught me this lesson and taught it to me hard. Thanks for the reminder.