I was attempting to write a thoughtful and touching post for you for our anniversary. But then the kids woke up. So much for thoughts period. It’s fitting for our lives at this point though, right? We start the day already behind and collapse exhausted into bed at night with a lot still left undone. I love doing all the crazy hard work this life – and especially this Christian life – requires right beside of you.
This picture makes me laugh. We took it in fun on our wedding day. But it gets more real as the years pass, doesn’t it? Having a marriage that glorifies God demands some toughness. And so does training kids, day in and day out, in the way they should go. It’s just plain trying and tiring. And daily taking up our cross and following Him has a cost too. But there is grace for all of the obedience and work these things require. It’s that grace that’s brought us safe to the nine year mark, and that same grace will give us the desire and power to please Him tomorrow and the next day and the next.
“Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. ”
Philippians 2.12, 13
I’m so thankful for what God has done in us the past nine years. Let’s keep obeying Him, gritting our teeth and flexing our muscles, working hard by His power with all the energy He supplies, for as long as He gives us.