Saturday, February 20, 2016

When You Give the Lord the Pen to Your Story

Last summer, Landon and I went to shoot guns on our first date. Hindsight is always 20/20, and I see now that this day was just a glimpse of how adventurous my life was going to become. I was changed that day for the better. But we didn't get to where we are today by accident.

Landon has patiently allowed me to grow and become who I need to be. He gave me time to overcome my twisted perception of how relationships go. He faithfully showed me every day how relationships really should be. He gives of himself in a way I've never before witnessed and respects and serves me in an unparalleled way. 

Landon makes me want to be a better person. I don't take lightly the blessing bestowed upon me when he took a chance on the new girl at work. Since last summer, we have experienced many exciting times, trips, and opportunities together. In September, we went to Haiti together and served the Thomazeau region with an organization known as Live Beyond. What a privilege we had to serve together!

And now, in a couple of months, we are getting married! The proposal was an attentive blend of exactly what I wanted yet an absolute surprise. He did so well. A long engagement wasn't a good fit for us, so our wedding date is set for just 3 months from the day we became engaged. It's so us...and it's fun!

We aren't flawless, but we are us...and together we make an unlimited & undefeatable team that I am proud to be a part of. Our story so far is my favorite, and I know the rest of the story will be my favorite, too. The steadfast love of the Lord has redeemed every mistake and pain of the past. I would go through it all again if I had to because He has made it matter. It has to matter since it brought me here. That's some mercy.

I say all this to say...don't settle. It may be easy, but it's hurtful. Even when you settle for something that is "good" or "comfortable" or "(insert excuse here)". Life is a vapor and too precious to spend it missing out on a love story that is anything less than audacious, invigorating, and spirited. Give me a daring and bold story over a complacent and comfortable one. 

Joel 2:25 says, "I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten." We serve a God of abundant grace. I am thankful that He is able to give back what was taken. I am undeserving but so grateful. History doesn't define our destiny. But our relationship is nothing if not built on a solid foundation. I pray that it glorifies the Lord and illustrates what happens when you give the Lord the pen to your story. Funny story...when our relationship was beginning, I was in the middle of a "one year of no dating." God laughed at me trying to make my own plans and exactly one year to the day from my declaration, we were engaged. Point taken.

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of us. Lead and guide us in Your way. I pray that together, we are set apart, rooted & grounded in You, and dangerous to the kingdom of darkness. Help us to serve You first so that we can serve one another and others best. Be our driving desire. Thank you for our story. Refine it. Use it. And continue to write it.

Thank you, Landon, for showing me the love, grace, and mercy of the Lord day in and day out. Thank you for bringing out my best, and thank you for the great honor and joy of doing life with you. I can't wait to love & serve you as your wife. I love you!

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