On The 12th Year Of Marriage… We’ve Learned A Few Things
We celebrated 12 years of marriage yesterday and jotted down a few things we’ve learned along the way. We hope they are beneficial to you, and maybe you’ll even learn from some of our mistakes.
We learned quickly that what we loved most about each other was also what irritated us most about each other.
And that fights over laundry result in learning how to patch sheet rock!
We learned that marriage wasn’t what we thought it was going to be — I thought it was going to be tougher — Chris thought it was going to be easier.
We also learned in having our first child that, unlike baby dolls, real babies will roll off the bed if left unattended.
In marriage, we can’t fill each others voids; only God can do that.
Our eyes were opened to the truth of who we are as sinners and children of God — in the hands of a God who is full of grace and mercy.
We also learned in having our second child that it is never a good idea to keep Desitin in the same drawer as toothpaste.
We learned that we didn’t know each other near as well as we thought we did.
We learned communication is not just trading information but sharing the depths of your heart including insecurities, past hurts, struggles and facades.
Used to, when Chris put Ranch Dressing on my salad,I would say, “I don’t want Ranch on my salad,” but, he would hear, “You’re an IDIOT!” Now, when I say, “I don’t want Ranch on my salad,” he hears, “I don’t want Ranch on my salad.” See how that works?
God knows our needs. In the midst of losing a job with a contract on a house, having a new baby and losing a church due to a split, we learned much of God’s faithfulness and provision and timeliness.
We also learned that it might be possible for Suzanne to love a man more than Chris when Cooper was born (ok, maybe not more, just different).
Looking back over the first several years of marriage, we realized we had been trying to ignore intimacy by buying homes, cars, dogs, having children, etc. We learned our identity is in Christ, changing our outlook on one another and our possessions.
We bought 3 houses, 3 cars, 3 dogs and had 3 kids before we were able to see what we were doing. We’re not sorry about the kids, by the way.
Trust isn’t fully developed the day you get married; it develops more and more over time as you witness your partner growing in godliness.
Something we’ve learned is that maybe we didn’t love some things as much as we said we did (baseball? shopping?). Maybe we just said those things to persuade a marriage commitment. Oh, surely not!
God is faithful to bring to fruition what he places in our hearts collaboratively in marriage. i.e. ministry.
Marriage and family are more important than money, and sometimes we have to take risks for priorities.
God’s grace is all-encompassing, and nothing can snatch us from his hand.
In so many ways, we have learned that God calls the broken to heal the broken, and nothing in our lives is wasted. He will use the good and bad of our marriage for something better – Himself.
These are just some of our highlights.
What are some things you have you learned?