One Year Anniversary!

Today I celebrate one year in the marriage covenant with my husband. The past year has been full of trials and joys. God has blessed us in more ways than we can imagine. A year ago we promised these words to each other:

“I take you, Hollie, to be my wife and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful husband, as long as our lives shall last. I will love you and give myself up for you, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. I will serve you with tenderness and respect, and encourage you to develop the gifts that God has given you.”
“I take you, Joshua, to be my husband, and I promise before God and all who are present here to be your loving and faithful wife, as long as our lives shall last. I will love you and submit to you, as the church loves and submits to Christ. I will serve you with tenderness and respect, and encourage you to develop the gifts that God has given you.”

On our anniversary, I wanted to share one of my favorite little pieces on marriage. Enjoy 🙂

A little nook in the very heart of God

(J. R. Miller, “The Marriage Altar” 1898)

God’s plan for every marriage is happiness.

Marriage is meant to be a miniature of heaven—a
fragment of the celestial blessedness, let down into
this world.

Marriage is meant to be a little sanctuary, into which
husband and wife may flee from earth’s storms and
dangers, where in love’s shelter, their hearts fed with
affection’s daily bread—they may dwell in quiet peace.

Marriage is meant to be a shelter in which, covered
from the frosts of the world and shielded from its cold
and tempests—two lives may grow together into richest
beauty, realizing their sweetest dreams of happiness,
blending in whatever things are true, whatever things
are pure, and attaining the finest possibilities of godly
character.

Marriage is meant to be a holy ark, floating on the wild
floods of human life—like Noah’s ark on the deluge,
bearing to heaven’s gates, to the harbor of glory—the
lives which God has shut within its doors.

A godly marriage is a little nook in the very heart of
God
, where faithful souls are held close to the Father’s
heart, and carried safely, amid dangers and sorrows, to
the home above!

Taken from Grace Gems. Original post .

In Christ,

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A Prayer For My Husband

Heavenly Father,
Trusting You, relying on You, resting in You is far wiser than seeking our comfort and trust in mere men. You alone, Lord, are Sovereign over all. All being big and small, all creation answers to You alone. Therefore, please, Lord increase my beloved’s trust in You. Cause him to remember daily that You alone are his strength. In times of trouble do not allow him to forget his salvation and his access to call upon the Name above all names. Lord, comtinue to guard him. Guide him into paths of righteousness and keep him from temptation. Remind him, Lord, that you are our only sure protection from evil. Father God, please keep my husband. Protect him, encourage him, grow him in likeness of your Son.
In the name of Christ I offer this prayer. Amen.

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On my reading list for January is Prayers of An Excellent Wife and this prayer has been inspired by a prayer in said book. I have only just begun this book but cannot recommend it enough for Christian wives.

With Love,

Last week I went to spend the week in the DC area. I was there to protest the American Holocaust(aka abortion) and to meet up with friends. It was a wonderful trip. During the course of the trip I fell in love with the following people/things:

Lauren Jones, Erica Higgins, Tina Pelletier, the Metro, white bbq sauce, Martha Washington …

and I fell even more in love with my Josh! 🙂 It was so fabulous to finally meet him in person. I am so incredibly blessed to call him mine!

I also tried sushi for the first time … it wasn’t great but it wasn’t horrible either. Eh.

Being at the March For Life was so moving. Reports say that over 300,000 attended. 300,000 people are saying yes to life. That’s amazing. Pro-lifers are always painted at the minority, but I’m not sure that’s realistic. During the March for Life on Washington people from all religions, races, backgrounds came together to support our right to live from the moment of conception until we breathe our last breath naturally.