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Oct 15, 2010

One year ago today...




The other night I got inspired and I wrote my vows that I will be sharing with Stephen on April 16, 2011. Some days, I still can't believe that in just a few months I will be a wife.

One year ago today, the new chapter in my life began. Stephen kissed me for the first time and it marked the beginning of our dating relationship. By the end of that week, he ran after me in an airport to wrap me in his arms and tell me that he loved me and I giddily squealed it back. And 5 months after that, he asked me to spend the rest of his life with him, and well, you all know how I of course said yes!

But one year ago today.... it all began with a kiss after a beautiful friendship that had formed through our passion for Jesus.

I've been learning a lot about relationships in the past year. Doing things God's way is so much harder than doing things the worldly way. Some days I just want to be selfish, but God is showing me that it's not just about me and my only child ways anymore, it's about putting Stephen first as we grow to become one soon as husband and wife. Stephen inspires me to want to be a better person, to love more boldly, to serve people like Jesus would, to love Jesus more intimately. Through this tangible love with Stephen in the past year, God has revealed to me so much more about His love for us as His children. There are times I question Stephen, like "Why? Why do you love me? Why me of any girl out there?" And I almost feel like it parallels my relationship with the Lord sometimes. Like, "Why, Lord, do you love me when I fail time and time again? Why did you die for my sins? Why do you show grace and continue to always take me back? Why do you keep loving me?" But I'm learning, with love, true love, it never fails. I've heard it for years, almost at every wedding, in 1 Corinthians 13:

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails."

But in the past year as God has prepared me to be a wife, it's the first time I truly have come to understand the depths of how powerful and beautiful that verse is.

Here's to the happiest year of my life.... and to many more decades to come with the amazing man I can't wait to marry.....

I'm leaving you with a beautiful song by Brandon Heath that I adore about Jesus' love for us!


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5 Comments:

Blogger Sarah DeShaw said...

The parallel of Jesus' love and Stephens is a beautiful realization. Yay for you! :)

October 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Arlene Waller said...

Scarlett...what can I say? I'm sobbing reading this, you have such a way with words...its just so beautiful! It's so inspiring and touching. Thank you so much for sharing, that was truely special <3

-The Bride that brought Sexy Back :)
Arlene Waller

October 15, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Je said...

That's one of my favorite songs by him! Great post Scarlett and Congratulations!

October 15, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Doni Brinkman said...

And on your wedding day, I pray it be the day you love him the least. :) Reading your words made me think of my wedding day 16 years ago. I was deeply in love with my man but all these years later I realize that I only knew a tiny bit of who he was then. Infertility, miscarriages, job changes, adoptions, premature babies, life...as those things happened - I found that my love grew stronger everyday thereafter. God is a great planner. :)

October 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Georgina said...

As soon as I heard Love Never Fails I knew I wanted it played at my wedding. At the time I wasn't even engaged yet, but I knew it was coming soon. The week after my husband proposed, I called my best friend and asked him to play this song in our wedding. From the entire ceremony, besides the look of my husband, I remember this song. It was the perfect choice for our wedding.

October 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM  

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