A strong man is selfless. A strong man is wise and confident. A strong man is a problem-solver. A strong man is driven and focused on the well-being of those he loves. A strong man prayerfully lives his life. And a strong man relies on his relationship with Christ.
A strong man lives with me, a strong man is my husband.
As a young married couple today, it is often set aside the importance of recognizing the roles our spouses have in our life and more importantly our relationship with Christ. It’s easy to become distracted in the “everyday”, but I think it’s invaluable to remember what Our Father expects from us and our individual responsibilities to making our marriages work. Marriages should reflect our relationships with Christ, and it’s important to remember the covenant made when exchanging those vows.
Giving (ya know, the opposite of taking) is the keyword. If my own happiness is my focus…I will never have the relationship my heart desires. Sacrifice is the outpouring of love….so making sure that I’m in-tuned to Adam’s needs is paramount.
For this Valentine’s Month (day), I just wanted to make sure to say THANK YOU! Thank you my love. Thank you for growing in your relationship with Christ, thank you for always waking up with happiness, thank you for making me feel safe and loved, and thank you for making me laugh my hiney off! I’m so grateful for your morality and your passion for helping.
Relationships are journeys that ebb and flow. And though it is sometimes very difficult to grasp (for me especially), I tend to forget what Adam’s presence in my life really means overall. I just get so used to being part of “Adam and Emily” and all the time we’ve had together, that I overlook the impact he’s had and has on me.
I think for all of us married women, we get so locked in to the grind of living and being able to multi-task and handling many different pressures, that we unknowingly setup a facade that we got it; that we are self-reliant. Women tend to wear many different hats daily. We are able to conquer a lot but sometimes ultimately end our marathon of responsibilities with resentment toward our partners.
This year, I really want to reflect on the goodness MORE than the failures. Ultimately, Adam and I have the same goals, visions, desires, values, and most importantly love for Christ. Christ alone is the center piece for a lasting, mutually beneficial relationship.
So I want to always remind myself that my marriage is a reflection of my faith in Christ. My marriage is (and should always be) a priority above all else, second only to my relationship with God.
Investing in my marriage is to be done EVERYDAY. So expressing my gratitude is an important part of that. Thank you Adam for being a strong man, that loves me and encourages me through all that we have faced…and even more that we will face. It’s been the most epic roller-coaster ride ever!! I adore you, sweets! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!