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Thursday, January 31, 2008

10 Years Ago...I Said Yes!

10 Years Ago...that's how old people start sentences.
January 31, 1998 was a good day.
A day I had dreamed of.
Rusty and I were doing a youth group retreat. Rusty was in charge of the whole deal, and my roommates and I were helping.
On the last night, as we were entrenched in junior high kids, we had a prayer service. There was a cross in the middle of the room with candles all around it.
He did a walk to the cross kind of led prayer service. It was awesome!
Afterward, he asked me to stick around so we could pray together. I did.
My roommates were ushering a thousand junior high kids out the door.
That's when I suspected.
We did pray together. And Rusty read this from Ephesians 5.

25 And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.

Rusty washed my feet after he read this. He did some other nice things, like played a sweet song, gave me a ring, two dozen white roses, and said "will you marry me?"
But this passage from Ephesians 5 was an appropriate start to our life together.
How grateful am I that I married a man who has taken this passage seriously? It was not just something to read when he proposed. He has set out to, learning as we've gone, wash me clean with the Word and present me holy.
Tonight we will teach in Countdown about God's Purpose for marriage. How appropriate?
Our purpose as married people is to mirror Christ and his love for his bride, the Church. We are to be a living representation of Jesus' love for us!!!
I hope that in 10 years our marriage has pointed others to the King, our Bridegroom, the One who loves us without limits.
I hope we can continue to do that for at least 50 years more!
I don't know why he asked ME, but I am so glad to look back on this day, that changed my life forever! Thanks for asking Rusty. I love you!


Anonymous said...

We love you guys! You two have taught us so much! I hope you do something fun to celebrate 10 years! You two are truly an image of Christ and we would not be the couple we are today without your guidance! Love you so much Friends!
Jodi and Andrew Crawford!

The Roberts' said...

yay! yall are adorable :-)

The Kramer Family said...

How cool! That is a really neat-o story. You guys are pretty cute.

Love ya!

MInTheGap said...

Congratulations... We're not that far behind -- 7 years this July!

Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

What a beautiful picture of Jesus' love for us. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

You guys are amazing! Congrats on your 10 years, and I hope you have at least 50 more as well! love you!

John said...

I just love that story! Hey, i just love ya'll. I just love your babies!

I miss you guys!