bcaudle10315: I didn’t marry until I was in my 40s, so I really am learning to appreciate the differences in my life now that I am married. I enjoyed many blessings while single also, but being married has enriched my life in many ways. Here are some of the things I love about being married:
1. Being “one flesh” with my husband from a spiritual perspective. By uniting us in marriage, God has created something that did not exist previously when we were two individual people.
2. The commitment. I know that my Darling Husband and I are committed to each other as long as we both shall live. From the moment we were wed, no matter how many challenges we faced, we both knew that the other was committed to the vows we made before God and to each other. There is great peace in knowing that, by God’s grace, we each have been and will continue to be there for each other.
3. Having my husband as a spiritual covering for me. There are some inherently challenging things involved in this, since I was VERY used to being on my own as a single woman. However, I welcome and embrace my husband’s spiritual covering and the knowledge that God has, on numerous occasions, used my Darling Husband to help me to see things from a different perspective. For example, I tend to be very Type A and driven to perfection. I also am a planner, and I tend to obsess over and stress out about details. My Darling Husband is not those things, although he does do many things with excellence. He is very spontaneous, and he doesn’t worry or fret over almost anything ever. He has really helped me to learn to slow down, to live in the moment, to be present when I am with people instead of getting lost in my own thoughts, and to “let it go” when I can’t do anything about a situation that I’m trying to fix.
4. Through my Darling Husband, I now have an AMAZING family! I do not have my own children, but, because of my marriage, I have four incredible stepchildren and two wonderful in-law children as well as the most precious, adorable grandbabies I could have ever imagined. I may not have married until very late in life, and I would have been a much older mother to a baby, but a I am a young grandmother! 🙂
5. I love the partnership that is marriage. I am no longer one person — just me. I am part of a wonderful WE. We work together to do this thing called life with each other. We each have areas of our life and home for which we are responsible, and sharing those tasks makes them less of a burden than it would be for one person having to do everything alone.
6. My Darling Husband is a pastor, and I am incredibly blessed by the loving, giving people of our church. I had to change denominations when I married my Darling Husband, and I had to leave behind decades-long friendships that I made during my involvement/membership in (sequentially) two different churches in my former area. I also had to leave some ministry opportunities that I had. However, God has given me wonderful, new relationships and opportunities that I never would have known were it not for my marriage to my Darling Husband.
7. I love that my Darling Husband is very intelligent as well as supremely witty, and funny. I value his insights and opinions, and he really makes me laugh!
8. Finally, I love being able to share the physical intimacy that marriage provides.