Falling in love is fun and flirty and feels overwhelming wonderful.
You’ve got stars in your eyes and you’re wishing on a shooting star that this is the one and it’s going to last forever.
In the beginning of a relationship it’s so easy to feel like you’re falling off the edge of the world with the thrill of it all.
But do the words of love that fall from lips with ease early on sometimes fall on deaf ears, hearts stumbling in a fallen world, not really understanding what true love is?
The falling in love is easy.
It’s the staying in love in marriage that can be hard because it’s where you roll up your sleeves and put your shoulder — side by side — to the wheel.
And this can prove difficult when the scales of romance have fallen from your eyes and you forget.
Staying in love in marriage means falling away from one’s self and a falling into the other.
And in a gradual, day by day process stretching out over a lifetime, two become one. When one falls, the other will be there to lift him up. When one rejoices, the other will cheer her on for winning.
Staying in love in marriage means choosing to fall in love a million times.
And falling apart from any insignificant others — people as well as projects — and pressing tenderly into each other for all the days allotted with all the good, bad, easy, hard and everything in between.
Bond growing best when the cord is three strands strong from first falling in love with the Lord.
And staying in love with Him means choosing to say yes to obedience even when feelings may be absent for a season. This means that no matter how the rain falls or the wind blows, your house, your love, your marriage built on the Rock will not wash away because you exercise your free will in the right direction helping it to stand strong.
Over and over as you journey onward together even when it’s challenging at times.
And there may be moments when you take the fall for the other, knowing that he or she will have your back when circumstances back you into a corner and everyone else has fallen away. When moments rage in darkness all around, and you feel like it’s all falling apart, slipping away.
In those moments you fall back on your commitment.
Fall back on your choice to stay. Your choice to love. For better and for worse.
And most significantly, your choice to love Him. And to love others through Him, and with Him and for Him.
Him who is love. Him the author that pens your love story. Him the passionate artist who paints murals of the moments of your life reaching across years.
Him who holds your heart and gives you the staying power.
And when in dustiness you fall, He will catch you. He’ll carry you on the wings of the wind until you and your marriage soar.
And love is renewed.
All over again for the one to whom you’ve pledged your heart.
For as long as you both shall live…
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