What is the destination?

On September 4th, 2003 we began the journey of a lifetime. A journey that took us through high school, college, and led us to a destination that occurred June 29th, 2012. On this day, we reached our destination saying I do, and vowing that for better or for worse we would stick together.

This month our church’s sermon series has been a road trip with Jesus. We have reflected on Jesus being the journey not the destination, and that someday we will get to the ultimate destination following and letting Jesus determine our path. With our first wedding anniversary quickly approaching, I couldn’t help but reflect on how a roadtrip, a journey and a destination fits into marriage.

About a week ago before falling asleep, I kept thinking about what the destination of marriage is. If you think about it, dating is quite the road trip and journey, and for most people their destination is finding the right person to spend the rest of their life with. When you find the right person, the day comes when you say I do, but what comes next? Marriage is definitely a road trip,a gift and journey every day. It’s full of ups, downs, good times, hard times, funny times, sad times, and new times. Each day is a new part of the journey, but what is the destination?

I am not sure if there is a sure answer to this. I think for every couple it’s their very own. I’d like to think of our marriage as a journey of a lifetime growing closer to each other, and most importantly growing in our relationship with God and serving him together. I hope one day when we enter our <eternal destination and God asks us “What did you do with the gift of marriage I gave you” we can look at each other, give a high five, and say “we did it babe.”

I am thankful as I write this that I am married to my very best friend. I pray that we always remember the promises we made to each other a year ago, and if we ever find ourselves not being able to, that we ask Himfor help. I pray that you who read this are enjoying the journey of marriage with your spouse, and if you’re not, I pray deeply that God can carry your marriage back to his path, to reach the ultimate destination together.

What is the destination of your marriage?

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It’s going to cost how much more?

 

Brad and I are getting ready to celebrate our 1st year wedding anniversary on June 29th. Trying to follow tradition, we found out that the traditional gift for the first year of marriage is paper. Paper? We decided to interpret this in our own way with giving each-other Ipads. Now I’ll admit that this was Brad’s idea, it all started when he surprised me with an Ipad sitting on my kitchen table. I knew that he had been really wanting one as well, and we decided to go a search for one for him.

We both are really in-decisive people. Brad couldn’t decide if he wanted the regular sized Ipad, or the new smaller mini. Searching at many stores, we came to the conclusion that he would like the mini the best, yet we didn’t buy it because we just wanted to be sure. We finally decided to head back to the store to buy it. When the cashier began to check us out, we noticed that the cost of the mini was up $50. We asked how could this be… we found out that we missed the sale which ended the day before, the day when we were out looking! Giving each other the look we both knew that at the end of the day we still wanted the Ipad no matter the cost.

If you have made it down this far, you may be asking what is the point of this story. Well, here it goes. As we were finding out that the Ipad was $50 more than the day before, it reminded me of this past year of our lives. In a year we have had many, many changes occur. We got married, got a dog, and both began our careers, which happen to both be in the ministry.

I could have never predicted any of these things happening in my life. It’s like I woke up one day and God asked me for $50 more, just like the store did for the Ipad. These new things in my life ask for a lot of time, work, dedication, etc. Just like I’m sure you have experienced in your life. At the end of the day I still want a relationship with Jesus, and to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. I know that God is going to continue calling me for more, because after all we are here to serve His Kingdom. I pray that when God’s price goes up for you and I that we don’t complain no matter how worn we are, but rather give each other the look, and listen to His call.

How much more is God asking of you?