Go ahead, take a second to jot it down on your to-do list for today, I’ll wait. The flirtatious convenience of it makes for: corny pick-up line opportunities, followed by laughter, followed by extra smooches and snuggles - which is always a #win in my book. You’re welcome.
As many of you know, I’m slightly obsessed with this time of year. My obsession only intensified in December of 2012 when Derek proposed, and then increased in December of 2013 when we were married. Read more about Our Story here.
So here we are, celebrating three years of “holy mattress money” (Full House, anyone?) and I can’t help but feel overjoyed and infinitely thankful for the gift of marriage.
Anniversaries are simply the best because they force you to reflect, reminisce, romance, and remain.
While I’m fully aware that this should be a constant year-round, it’s very easy to let life and busyness get the best of your marriage. However, when anniversaries do come around, intentionality levels spike and rightfully so. Still, I don’t know about you, but I believe we can remain in the so-called “honeymoon stage,” and our marriages can thrive and be celebrated every day for the rest of our lives!
How do we achieve this? You probably guessed it - prayer.
Prayer always refocuses your perspective, replaces selfishness with gratefulness and grace, and recharges your ability and willingness to generously love.
Thank you, Holy Spirit for being quite the force to reckon with - USE THE FORCE! (Star Wars, anyone?)
I am absolutely convinced that God is eager and longing to show up and show off in all marriages.
Remember the butterflies, the assuredness, the longing, the attraction, the promises, the anticipation for the night-of (wink-wink)? Well, He is ready and willing for these feelings and more to prevail in all the ups and downs of marriage and life, if you are. You just need to choose it…daily.
So, on this anniversary and every day thereafter, we plan to take care and take charge of the gift that has been entrusted to us – the gift of marriage.
A Prayer for Our Marriage
Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of marriage. I pray we always see it as just that – a gift. Thank you for being faithful with your end of the deal for this marriage for three, even when we don’t hold up ours. I thank you for my handsome husband and for all the ways that he loves me. Thank you for three fruitful years of marriage, and thank you in advance for the decades more to follow.
Lord, forgive me for stepping out of my role at times. In this next year, remove and prune in me things that are not of you. Forgive me for being rude, complaintive, or disrespectful to my husband. Continue to convict me in those moments, and may I immediately seek to be reconciled to You and to Derek. And then, help me to become the wife you intend for me to be; respectful, loving, affirming, selfless, wise, and encouraging at ALL times – the perfectly imperfect helpmate.
Father, I pray for your favor over our marriage. May you infuse us with a supernatural dose of grace and faith. Remind us to be intentional with each other, making time to nurture our friendship and intimacy. And as we enter this next year, and face the unexpected in military life, may we persevere, always building each other up, knowing that you are our constant.
This world is desperate for a marriage that works, thrives, and embodies all these things, so help us to represent you well and by it, may we increase your Kingdom.
I love you and in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
A Special Guest Prayer for Our Marriage by Derek
Thank you for the life you have given me. I especially thank you for my wife. She is such a blessing to me. I know that you made her for me because you love me so much. I pray that I may never take Lauren for granted but that you would show me every day how to love and appreciate her. I pray for wisdom, that I would be able to lead and encourage her every single day especially to live a life that brings you glory. I pray for strength and courage, to never sin against her or you. Let my thoughts be pure and help me to reject temptation, always. I pray that you would cover our marriage and protect us from danger and all forces against us. Over all, I pray that we would never forget that you are our stronghold and our main source of joy and may our marriage always reflect your love and promises for the world, Jesus. Amen
Cheers to three years!