Our heart cry this week is for you to join us in our understanding that there is so much more to marriage than the wedding day. We are asking you—what is left when all of the candles have burnt out, your dress is packed up in a box and your flowers have wilted? The end of all of the wedding festivities leaves a longing for more. And the good news is that there is more. There is always more... immeasurably more.
There comes a point when people aren’t excited about your marriage anymore and you discover that the man laying next to you every night sometimes snores and leaves his wet towels on the ground. What is left?
The foundation that you set at the beginning of your marriage will set the tone for the rest of your time on earth together. This is why it is so paramount that you lay a firm foundation with the most stable bricks that exist; so that when the storms of life come—which they will, you are left with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
There is so much to become enthralled and entangled with in this world. Things to buy, wear, and post about constantly surround us. We live in a generation that makes it easy to be consumed with the world and all of its expectations. This is more applicable to marriage than you may even realize.
When a bride becomes engaged what is the first thing that her friends do? They ask to see the ring. (Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE bling here at Kathryn Ann Bridal! And we are all about the ring too…) But we recognize that there is so much more. The character of her groom, what they will stand for and what they will fall for in their marriage, and what she dreams of when they think about growing old together. Preparing for marriage goes far beyond picking out a sparkly venue, saying yes to the perfect dress and even choosing the perfect veil.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:22-32
Traditionally, we read this verse and see it as being directed to husbands as it addresses his role in marriage. However, there is so much to be gained when we understand that marriage is a direct reflection of how Christ loves the church. God’s desire for His people- especially those who are in marriage together, is that they would be holy, blameless, cleansed, and without wrinkle or blemish. What a high and powerful calling, to be loved by God and to love Him and your spouse.
God cares about your heart and the heart of your marriage. Quality over quantity is His desire for you. He cares about being in deep relationship with you. He wants to take you and your marriage into the depths of His grace and love. He wants to know you, your spouse and your marriage intimately. When we have quality of relationship with Jesus, the quantity takes care of itself. When walking in step with God and His calling on your marriage, you will live and thrive in abundance.
With overflowing hearts