Friday, August 07, 2009

No Shadow of Turning


Well, we've made it. Past the wonderfully exciting, yet emotionally draining, first years. Past the hard five-seven year hump. Past the endless diapers and sleepless nights. And here we are. 10 years later.

The things that speak of our love for each other now are not found in big bouquets or "perfect" moments. Instead, they are found in the simple things...

our morning coffee mugs ready and waiting for us to start another day together


our hands overlapping for a few minutes here and there throughout the day


early morning snuggle sessions with each other


I know I mentioned this hymn the other day, but lately I've found myself singing it more often. One reason why we asked to have this hymn at our wedding was because of how true the words would be in our lives together. As we stood 10 years ago, holding hands in the front of a church, we didn't know exactly how we would see God's faithfulness, but we knew we would have no other hope but to trust in Him.

We have struggled before and will again. We have laughed until we cried many times. We have fought. I have yelled (not him so much). We have barely made it financially more than once or twice. We have loved and we have failed to love. We have journeyed through many days, and will continue on as long as we're alive.

Our marriage is standing strong, admist the storms that life would throw at us. But it's all because He is faithful to uphold our union. He is able to carry us through it all. And we will see how Great His Faithfulness is forever and ever. We will have "strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!"

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever will be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

6 comments:

Tracey said...

Congrats! I love that hymn as well. It is so true and applicable to so many parts of life, especially marriage.

Amy Sasser said...

Happy Anniversary sweet friends! Hope you all have fun tomorrow. Enjoy just the two of you being together! We are thankful that God brought you together!

deb said...

this was so so beautiful
Thank you for sharing how wonderful real love is

Kari said...

Happy anniversary! Enjoy your special day. :)

Hopefull said...

HAPPY 10th - love that hymn. I think you have inspired me to make it one of our first new homeschool hymns to wake to - it is so assuring to know His great faithfulness. A hymn on our wedding day was "It Is Well With My Soul" - another good one for the days...

Carol said...

My all-time favorite (not just hymn, but)song. It brings tears to my eyes just now as I read it on your blog. Because of His faithfulness, I know you will continue to enjoy whatever years He has ahead for the two of you. Congratulations!