In honor of wedding season coming to an end I thought I would share something very dear to my heart. On June 3, 2016 Lucas and I had the opportunity to savor God’s love for us by entering into a covenant relationship that echoes Jesus’ steadfast love for his bride. We wrote personal vows that moved the hearts of our closest friends and family and I would like to extend our love and commitments to each other with you all.
I promise to be your companion and your friend, your strength when you need it and your shoulder to cry on. I promise to love you for eternity, respecting you, honoring you, being faithful to you, and sharing my life with you. Your beauty, your heart, and your compassion inspire me to be the best person I can be. I can only hope to one day believe in myself as much as you believe in me. I promise to support you, affirm you, and build you up, not tear you down. You amaze me every day with your strength and compassion; I promise to never hold you back from being every thing you were made to be. You have shown me that is is possible to love someone more each and every day. You’re my best friend. You’re my special girl. You’re always there for me. You’re the girl who convinced me that anything is possible as long as you’re there by my side. You’re not just the girl of my dreams, you’re the girl of my future.
As we stand here on our wedding day, my heart is overflowing with love for you. Since you came into my life, you have been a source of love and joy. You are full of kindness, patience and faithfulness. I am so proud of the Man of God that you are. Without an ounce of hesitation I can say that you truly make me a better person. The way you love me is unlike anything I have ever known before. With you I feel secure and completely accepted. You truly see me for who I am, with all the broken and shattered pieces completely exposed, you wrap me in your arms and love me without limits. The simplicity of our love is what I love the most, we fit together so naturally and effortlessly. Since the beginning, I knew you were the one I would choose to love for the rest of my life; but with each day I have grown a deeper and stronger love for you. With each day to come I will continue to choose love.
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I would be marrying a man who could love me how my daddy loves me. Anyone in this room can tell you that the love he has for me is the most pure form of love you will ever see. I am thankful that you have taken that single expectation and you love me every day with that same pure love. I am astonished and excited that I get to wake up to you every morning. I feel blessed beyond words to have found each other. I am so lucky to be in love with my best friend.
Today I commit my life as your wife. You are the love of my life, Lucas William, and I promise to let you know that every day. I promise to smother you when you nearly pass out, and step out of the way when you tell me to move. I will take care of you and appreciate you every day. Today I give you my deepest love. I open my heart to you as a sanctuary of warmth and peace, where you may find love and strength. I will celebrate you in times of joy and I will support you in heartache. I will be the Woman of God I was created to be and constantly push myself to choose the Fruits of the Spirit. Today, I pledge my love to you and look forward to every moment that I get to share with you. I love you.
From this day on we have been able to demonstrate our love for one another in the deepest and also most practical ways. Each day we have the opportunity to choose love and to walk in faithfulness. Not each day is a walk in the park, but each day is worth while if we learn a new way to move the heart of one another.