One whole year. It is so crazy how time flies the way it does. I always pray for awareness of little things because life is so fleeting. One year ago at this time, I made a commitment that I had dreamt of making my entire life, to a man who continues to surprise me each and every single day. Each day, our love grows stronger than the day before. I honestly never knew I could love like this and I continue to thank God for blessing me with such an incredible husband and fruitful marriage. Chad and I were both 28 at the time of our wedding, which is pretty ancient for marriage in the Christian world. But wow. How glad I am that I waited to make this commitment to the one true person who God has created for me to be married to. And the ride is just beginning!
I was just re-reading my journal entry from August 2, 2012. At one point, I wrote of our wedding day: "I pray that in the midst of the party and the swiftness of the day that we would take time to rest in You and all that You've done to bring us to this day." The funny thing about this prayer is that it has turned into one not only for my wedding day, but for our entire marriage. Our marriage does feel like a party (most of the time). Days do seem to fly by and we often times have to be very intentional about resting in Him on the regular. I pray that we are aware of all that He's doing and has done and that we never take for granted this marriage that He's blessed us with. So many people told us that the first year of marriage is the hardest. We were both sort of expecting lots of challenges and growing pains. I'd totally be lying if I acted like it didn't take time for us to get used to each other (never in my life have I so much as had to share a bathroom with a boy). In fact, many of our days are filled with learning and compromising. But as Chad and I have reflected on our first year, we've both been like, "if that was hard and it will only get better from here, then bring it on!" Our first year has been one full of joy, grace, growing, and, most importantly, love. I can't wait for more of this!
A year goes by so quickly, but it's so strange- I feel like I can't remember what my life was like without Chad as my husband. And I don't ever want to. As Sara Groves sang, "life with you is half as hard and twice as good." This lyric describes my feelings exactly. My life has been so enriched and enhanced by my marriage. Here's to many, many more years as Mrs. King- the best title I've ever had.