Friday, January 30, 2009

Becoming a Wife

Tomorrow will be six weeks since I married Taylor. It has been a fabulous six weeks. I love him dearly, and every day I love him more. I'm am learning, however, that I have a lot to learn about being a wife. I am finding myself spending more time praying for wisdom as I mature as Taylor's wife. I also find myself praying for Taylor, for his wisdom as he leads our marriage. Last night I sat down and starting looking up verses one by one that are located under the term "wife" in the concordance. I've decided to read a few a day and let myself meditate and pray on them as I internalize each verse in a new, very applicable way. Becoming a Godly wife is a study in becoming more like Christ. It's intense and deep, but oh so wonderful. I love the depth my relationship with Christ is achieving simply because He has brought me into this marriage relationship. I love Taylor with all of my being, and I am excited to see what is in store for us in the days/weeks/months/years to come.

"She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness."
Proverbs 31:25-27

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Are We Really Married?

This is the question that Taylor and I randomly throw out at each other from time to time. Every so often it hits us that we really are married and living together, and we just have to stop and take it all in. After just a few seconds of processing, we both end up with goofy grins on our faces relishing the idea that yes...we are definitely married!

I haven't posted since 9 days before our wedding. My how time flies! It sure didn't feel like it those last few weeks when I was just dying to get to the wedding day...but looking by it sure went fast! We had an absolutely amazing honeymoon. The Gaylord Opryland in Nashville treated us like a king and queen. We had a beautiful room overlooking the garden atrium where we could look out at the Christmas lights and go to sleep in the evening with the windows open listening the waterfalls downstairs. It was incredibly relaxing and romantic. We even took in a 3 foot Christmas tree and set it up with wedding gifts underneath to help set the Christmas mood! It was fantastic. After a wonderful week we returned to our home together--which wasn't exactly a home yet.

We spent the next week running errands changing my name every place we could before school started again, going to my old apartment to pack and clean, and moving all of my stuff into our apartment. Once it was all in I felt like I had to stand somewhere and yell for Taylor so he could follow the sound of my voice to find me. No-it wasn't quite that bad, but it was VERY crowded. The next several days were spent trying to get our most used rooms liveable before school started. We managed to do that pretty well. There is still a lot of cleaning out and unpacking that needs to be done, but we can function just fine.

Married life is absolutely wonderful! It is so calming and comfortable to come home every night to Taylor knowing that he doesn't have to leave at the end of the evening. We are having fun learning how to be married. It definitely takes work and lots of patience and communication, but we are really enjoying learning how to make a strong marriage. It has only been 3 1/2 we have it all down? Oh no! But, God has set us out with such support and strength we are off on a terrific start.

It is amazing how much depth comes to a relationship once marriage happens. All areas of our relationship have deepen ten-fold...I cannot possibly imagine how that will increase as the years go by. The one thing I do know is that I wouldn't take this journey with anyone else. The Lord has blessed me so much by giving me Taylor as my husband, and I look forward to what the years bring.

Thank you, dear Lord, for the blessing of marriage. Thank you for blessing me and Taylor on this journey together. Lead us to glorify you all the days of our life together for we have built our marriage and our lives on You.