Today is our 5 Year Wedding Anniversary. As I was thinking about our wedding day and how much we have grown and changed in just a mere 5 years I thought about the vows Michael and I recited to each other.
We were counseled by godly, a wise-beyond-their-years couple who were leaders in our church. Michael and I were in each of their small groups and gleaned so much from them during our college years.
Upon the suggestion of my leader, she and I completed a study of Ruth together. I will forever cherish this time of learning and truly studying and longing to be in the word. She made Ruth so "real" and relatable to me.
Hence, the reason segments of Ruth, Chapter 1 were included in our wedding vows.
"Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me." Ruth 1:16-17
Wow, are these verses reigning true to our lives today! It it my honor to serve and follow this man, wherever he may lead our family. I can say with certainty that this move has been difficult, and leaving our family 13 hours away pains my heart. But, I know that this decision was made with careful consideration and many prayerful nights seeking guidance from the Lord. I can be confident that Michael's decision to choose Tampa was not his own, but under the supervision of The One guiding and directing our path. It brings me joy knowing that The Lord has great blessings in store for our family down here!
If you know Michael, then you likely love him for his humor. I am happy to say this man has kept me laughing through times when I thought smiling was impossible. I am beyond thankful for his devotion to our family, his dedication to achieving goals that once seemed so far away and for his unending love and passion to making me feel loved and cherished as his bride.