Sunday, January 11, 2009

Numbers of Love


10 years of friendship
8 years of marriage
5 beautiful daughters
5 houses/apartments lived in
2 countries lived in
1 pet

'. . . and they shall become one flesh.' Genesis 2:24

I remember when I was quite a bit younger thinking that this verse was mainly geared towards sex.  Now don't blush girls, if you are reading this I am sure we have already had many talks on this subject.  And I'm sure you note the obvious - need I say more.
Anyway, I came to realize quickly that becoming one flesh is NOT all about sex.  Having only been married for 8 years, I am surprised at how connected Papi and I are.  Oh, we don't complete each other's sentences.  And God knows Papi still cannot read my mind; but there is an interdependence - a mutual submission & serving each other that we are constantly working on/at, and we have learned that love is so much more powerful than mere feelings.  I have come to depend on Papi - as my best friend, advisor, encourager, lover & spiritual sharpener.
I know he is not to replace God (Papi is great - but he's a long way from tempting me there) but point me to Him & and at times carry me there in prayer.  Papi adores me, and though he still has at least 4 spots where he drops his dirty/clean clothes on the floor - I know he tries to please, serve & love me as best he can with all he is.   I am NOT trying to sound romantic.  You girls know that I am not the sentimental type - or at least as I am typing this - but so often in life actions precede & sustain feelings.   I guess I should speak mainly for myself & try to coerce/encourage Papi to write a bit from his own view.  

I respect & admire & am inspired by those who are much farther along in the marriage journey & remain faithful to that union.  Papi and I have made a commitment to God and each other in front of family and friends to be with each other til death do us part.  More importantly we desire to glorify God through this marriage.  The goal of marriage is not to be happy (thought I think that becomes a BIG bonus), but to set an earthly example/reminder of Christ's relationship with His bride - the church.  A pretty tall order, that Papi and I KNOW we cannot attain without the daily help of the Holy Spirit.  I have only known Papi a little over 10 years & yet cannot imagine my life without him.  God has truly blessed me with him & I know he feels the exact same way.  May God bless our marriage to His glory.


ASHLEY said...

oh, what a nice post!!!

Dr. N said...

Happy Anniversary!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Happy ANniversary!! I laughed out loud when you said, "God knows he can't read my mind." Ha! If only he could, right? lol!

girlytwins said...

Happy Anniversary! Love this post. It is such a great way to share your marital love with your girls. Your girls are very lucky to have such a great relationship to look up to when they old enough to enter into marriage.

Connie said...

Such a nice post Tracy. Happy Anniversary!

Becoming Me said...

I loved this sweet post. Happy belated anniversary

Casey's trio said...

H appy Anniversary:)

Jaime said...

Happy anniversary! You sound like a perfect couple!

Jessica said...

Awesome post.. Happy Anniversary!

Christen Morrow said...

absolutely beautiful... and practical and real! You guys are amazing! Love how God has drawn you together!

Aubrey said...

Such a touching post!
Happy (belated) Anniversary!
What a beautiful couple you are!!