I remember the exact day that you told me that you had met her. You were standing in my kitchen. Her name was J.K. (seriously?) and you met her on MySpace. (SERIOUSLY!?) Yes. MySpace. Proof that some good has come from MySpace. haha. I remember how “cool” you said that she was. She had tattoos and gauged ears just like you and was into the same things you were into. You said that she was SO beautiful and you talked about how fun it was to be with her. Soon after that you moved back to Virginia…”not to be near her” of course. ;)
Fast forward a few years and God has been working SO diligently in your relationship. To refine it. To refine you both through it. To show that HIS “better way” runs deeper and is more meaningful and more purposeful and sometime is more painful but more significant then you ever imagined. I have seen Him sanctify you both. To call you both into a more meaningful and intentional walk with Him. To show you the reward and mutual gratification in laying down your life to serve another sinful imperfect human being. No, marriage is not easy…but is is beautiful and worth it.
I could not be ANY more excited to see you two get married this summer because I know from almost 8 years of marriage that although the road is not going to be easy, your Heavenly Father will be faithful to show Himself capable and committed to growing your marriage into something beautiful,lasting,impactful and glorifying to Him.
I love you both.