This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is on the word ten. This one had me scratching my head forever. I kept trying to think of a top ten list to share and kept coming up empty.
So…this is what the muse carried in. And I kinda love it.
We were approaching ten years. We’d been together longer…since high school. But ten years of marriage was upon us. Life together started out pretty rocky. Selfish kids, living together before tying the knot – trying to deal with each other’s baggage.
Jesus who? That was my mantra in the beginning.
Not by choice, really. But that’s part of my testimony and one that I’ll share in detail another time.
But we’d found Him again. Together. It was a beautiful thing.
So much so that we wanted to celebrate that second chance. That saving grace when He wrapped His arms around our marriage and carried us through that first decade, even when we were unaware of His presence. But He was there…
And we wanted to renew our vows to show Him just how serious we were about this commitment we’d made.
So there in the church that we called home we stood in front of a few close friends and a minister who is nothing short of a second father to us both. There was love that day and lots of it. The giving and the taking of love.
Our lives would never be the same.
As we drove off that night for a few days to ourselves, leaving the littles at home being spoiled by Grandma, we couldn’t help but talk throughout the entire two and a half hour drive. We talked about how far we’d come. We talked about what a gift He’d given us.
We talked about how we almost didn’t make it.
I guess you could say that we almost gave up on us. Gave up on Him.
But He had us in His hands the whole time… Never letting go through all ten of those years.
So ten is special to me. Ten was proof that anything could be held together by Jesus.
Ten is something I will never forget.
Thank you, Kate Motaung. I never saw this one coming and so far I think it might be one of my favorites…
Won’t you join me this week for Five Minute Friday over at Kate Motaung’s page? We’d love to see you there! Just familiarize yourself with this page first, no editing, and set your watch for five minutes.
Our God is just so good, isn’t He?
I really relate to this. Chris and I don’t have an easy marriage for a lot of reasons, but the first year or two was just so hard. I thought about leaving more than once. But little by little, day by day, God has worked His work and kept us together. There are still days I’d like to smother him with a pillow (I kid, I kid) but really, there’s nobody else I’d rather go through life with.
Thank you for sharing this part of your story!
I shouldn’t laugh out loud at that, but I’m gonna. Thank you, friend. I am grateful to know the same God is at work for us both. 🙂
Jen, this is for sure one of my faves of yours. God is a faithful God. He indeed had you both in the palm of his hands. Visiting from FMF where I’m parked in the number ten spot this week.
Thank you for reading, Tara – and for those kind words!
I needed to read this. Thank you.
Somer, I’m glad!
really enjoyed this, glad you shared.
Thank you, Denise!
You nailed it, friend. So much so that I got chocked up. So grateful that God is near, even when we don’t feel Him, even when we don’t ask Him to be. And that He never gives up on us. Hugs!
Thank you, Tiffany! *hugs back to ya* (and here I thought I was going to have to write on a prompt spelled backwards…)
Oh yes… I am in love with this post – this testimony – too! So glad that you shared it, friend!
Thank you for your constant prayers and encouragement, Karrilee. It means the world to me!
Awesome story! Thanks for sharing, so sweet <3