Today Hollie and I celebrate our first year together as husband and wife. Time flies, does it not? It seems like yesterday that I was updating this blog about the upcoming wedding and then writing about the event shortly thereafter. Everything about that day is still vivid in my mind and I hope it remains that way until the Lord calls me home. Of course I’m especially reminded of the covenantal nature of marriage, particularly the vows/promises we made.
This first year of marriage has been a mixture of difficulties and blessings. Yet in the end, we look back knowing that even the frowning providences were themselves a blessing to us…for our sanctification. Indeed, the reality of family life is one of a sanctifying grace. Speaking for myself, I’ve grown to appreciate just how difficult it is to live up to what is demanded of a husband (Eph. 5:25-33) as well as a father (6:4). Perhaps others can see it more clearly, but I’ve probably matured a bit more since being married–both spiritually as well as in the practical things of life.
It was a huge transition for me going from life as a bachelor to being the head of a household–wife, children, and everything else. Yet even on our worst days, I wouldn’t trade that for the world. Even as I speak about the challenges of the past year, I also want to emphasize the joys we have shared as a family. We’ve taken trips together as a family and celebrated much over the holiday seasons, but the everyday practice of family worship is still my favorite time of the day.
And the joys will only continue for us as, Lord willing, our son Titus will be born within a month. Hollie and I are blessed beyond all measure. She has indeed encouraged my growth in Christ, helping me to develop the gifts God has given me. I can only hope I’ve done likewise for her. Emma & Rylee have taught me just as much as I’ve taught them.
Praise God for His abundant blessings upon us. Yes, praise Him for ordaining the difficulties we’ve had as well. We’ve come to realize more and more just how much we are dependent upon Him. God is the foundation of our marriage covenant and our practice as a family (Josh. 24:15). We have also been blessed to have such a solid, biblical church who have supported us in so many ways. I pray that He continues to bless us and grow us in the coming year, bringing salvation to our children.