Eighteen years ago, a wondrous thing happened.
On a torrential Valentine’s Day, in a small church in Southern California, I walked down the aisle and pledged my love and my life to a man I was ready to spend the rest of my days with.
As part of our wedding ceremony, I spoke these words to my husband from the Book of Ruth:
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people and your God my God.
– Ruth 1:16
Making a commitment to love someone isn’t always an easy thing. In our culture, we associate Valentine’s Day with all of the external trappings of romance. But life-long love between a man and a woman requires much more than chocolate, flowers and romantic dinners.
Love involves self-sacrifice, trust, and faith in an unseen but ever-present God.
Love is not for the faint of heart.
Do you know what the Bible says about love?
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, 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.
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
As you can see, God gives us a high standard to live up to when it comes to love!
Love isn’t just about finding someone who will make us happy. Love is also about finding someone we are willing to lay down our lives for, just as Jesus lay down His life for us. (1 John 3:16)
When my husband and I met, we lived on opposite sides of the country. As we corresponded and spoke with one another by phone, we knew from the start that if we wanted our relationship to grow – if we envisioned a life together – it would require huge sacrifices on both of our parts in order for things to work.
From the beginning of our relationship, we prayed. We sought counsel. We asked God if it was in His perfect will for us to move forward – and if so, in what time frame.
Eventually, circumstances made the path clear. To move our relationship to the next level, I moved over 3000 miles to begin a new life. I sold my home and left my family, friends, church and career behind.
I took a leap of faith into our future.
Adjusting to a new life wasn’t easy – but it was a sacrifice I willingly made to be with the person I loved.
Marrying my husband was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Every day, in so many ways, he demonstrates to me how much he loves me. I hope he feels the same way about me too and knows how much I love him as well!
But lately, God has laid an even more amazing truth upon my heart…
Would you like to hear the rest of the story? Please join me over at Faith Gateway and continue the story in my devotional, Do You Know How Much God Loves You?
You’ll also find my entire collection of inspirational devotions at Faith Gateway – a HarperCollins Christian Publishing site dedicated to helping you grow and share your faith!
Have a blessed Valentine’s Day dear friends!
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