This is Part 6/6.

Read Part 1, “Meeting,” here, Part 2, “Dating,” here, Part 3, “Distance,” here, Part 4, “Letters,” here, and Part 5, “Healing,” here.

…all of that closeness tracking perfectly toward oneness.

Marriage. God’s beautiful creation. A part of His plan to make humans stronger.

In some cultures and opinions, I’m late getting married. In some cultures and opinions, I’m on the young side.

Personally, I don’t care about the opinions of fickle cultures or manmade doctrines. I care about what my God, the Creator of marriage, says.

So, let’s turn to His Word.

Genesis 2:18–25: “Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’ … So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.”

Genesis 1:27-28: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ “

Ecclesiastes 4:9: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”

Genesis 2:24: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Ephesians 4:2: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

I don’t need to tell you that Johnny and I are engaged, since, throughout this whole six-part series I have been sharing our engagement photos. If you haven’t already, feel free to read the story of “How He Did It” here.

But I can share that our decision to become one is not one we take lightly. We don’t hold a popular worldview that “marriage doesn’t mean anything,” but have taken years of prayer and discernment to understand God’s purpose for it, its importance through history, and ultimately the call the Holy Spirit has placed on our lives to be married. To love each other second no matter comes our way. To be a light for Jesus. To be better together. To leave our parents’ homes and cleave to each other. To help each other when we fall.

I am overwhelmed by the reality of the blessing that God has granted me a partner who will never leave my side in order to direct me back to my First Love in Jesus when I stumble.

Let it be in the remainder of this period of waiting and engagement, Lord, that we would be ultimately holding fast to the waiting we are engaged for YOUR return. The purpose of our lives, Jesus, allow us to be stronger together for Your sake than apart. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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