Their journey of a lifetime began with two simple words, spoken softly to each other a year ago.
With 365 sleeps as man and wife behind them, my firstborn and his bride continue writing their love story one day at a time.
And I pray for them a lifetime bond that grows stronger and sweeter through the years…
So I send my love to you my son, and sweet daughter, wishing you a happily ever after First Anniversary and future life together.
And I can see by that sparkle in your eyes when you look at each other that you cherish this bond you share.
This love between a man and a woman in marriage is a gift from God, a union first established by Him in the Garden, before the darkness came.
And darkness lurks everywhere, so protect your marriage, with eyes and thoughts only for each other.
With words of kindness and compassion each day.
With understanding and encouragement along the way.
With best-friendship deepening daily.
Going the extra mile and giving more than you think the other person needs. Out do each other in serving spouse before self, seeking the greatest good.
And the greatest good is God.
So seek Him together, as one, because the One who made you loves you like no other.
He helps and protects, leads and guides, teaching you both each day to love better than you did before.
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
Believe in Him, and believe in each other and all that He wants to do through your marriage. Your union, created for a specific purpose, is a light shining love to all, for such a time as this…
A cord of three strands is not easily broken.
But in this broken down world, there will be broken down moments when the bond of love may momentarily seem to fray, yet grace and more grace will abound as you look to Him and open your hearts.
So seek and offer forgiveness in humility and patience. And never go to bed angry with each other.
Lay aside any pride which so easily trips us up, and put away any hurt feelings. Then forget it the way God removes our sins from us, as far as the east is from the west.
And take the next step towards each other, moving forward hand in hand.
Believing in each other always, and believing in each others’ dreams. Thinking positive, and dreaming big together, for together you will accomplish much more than either of you could on your own. Nothing is impossible with God.
So listen a lot and speak a little.
Let the teaching of kindness be upon your lips, knowing that words hold the power of life and death. With our words, as well as our actions, we either build up or tear down.
And remember that love is a choice and marriage is a commitment, and vows made in bliss will be tested over and over through the years ahead.
To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health as long as you both shall live…
And it is in the holding on and keeping of each other and your marriage that you will grow into all God wants you to become. Sometimes, stuff may be hard, but you two have what it takes to keep growing strong!
Always with mutual respect, trust and lots of love and laughter.
Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ…
And have fun together and be romantic even when you’re celebrating your 50th Anniversary!
Play together and work side by side, and make time to share a moment of prayer together, remembering these words of wisdom on that little plaque in your living room.
Loving each other deeply from the heart, and remembering to pray for each other.
And to pray together, husband and wife a powerful force for good with God as the foundation of your marriage.
Matt and Tiff, you have been gifted richly from above. And to whom much is given, much is expected.
So love and be loved with abandon, never taking it for granted, for love is the greatest happiness in life!
And always protect and nurture this gift, building a strong family fortress, a whole new legacy for which your unborn babies will someday thank you.
Your marriage will be their example to build on, creating one strong family after the other, strengthening the very fabric of our society.
Much is at stake in these days in which we now live.
Go boldly forward, my darlings, and may your marriage reflect His glory forevermore…
I love you both with all my heart,
Linking with Jolene.