I love you, James Ryan. You are my favorite.
I narrowed the expanse of feelings I have for you into 7 simple statements, a drop in the ocean of love we share. You love Jesus and me fiercely. You completely accept me for exactly who I am. You encourage me to be the best version of me. You sweep me up into your adventures. You live out your faith and are willing to fight for what you believe in. You are always on my side.
You are on the inside exactly who is seen on the outside. For all of these reasons and the Divine purpose that transcends words, time, and space, I wish to make 7 vows to you today. I vow to put nothing in this world before you. Jesus is the Lord of my life and yours and I promise to always put our walk with Him first.
I vow to never put the needs of myself, our children, families, friends, or pets before yours. I vow to serve you and submit to you. To let you lead me and gladly follow even when I disagree. To stand before you, behind you, and beside you on every leg of this journey. To be your co-sojourner in this temporary place.
I vow to encourage you to accomplish your dreams and to become the man God created you to be. I promise to embrace your journey and never despise it. To trust you even when I can’t understand. I vow to never keep a record of your wrongs, and choose to not remember your offenses, as Christ has done for me. I promise to never keep score. I promise to always see the good in you and assume the best in every situation. I promise to always be on your side.
I vow to love who you are today, not who I expect you to become or who I remember you once were. I promise to choose you every day. I vow to pursue the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. I promise to adorn myself inwardly more than outwardly. I vow to pray for you and for our marriage regularly. I vow to make the gospel the mission of our marriage. I promise to chase Jesus with you and let our love continually point to Him, until He returns or calls us home.
Jasmine, I love you more than I ever thought I could love a woman. You are my favorite You are my life partner You are the one by my side while on an adventure You are my wife. And these are my vows to you: I vow to honor you above anyone else. I vow to lead our family righteously and Christ-like. I will be your fearless leader.
I vow to chase our three-stranded marriage above all money and all worldly things. I vow to be solidly positive when you’re going through a tough time (even when you’re hungry). I vow to rise to the occasion to play the role of the solid man in your life whether it’s protecting you, standing up to evil, or being a responsible father to our future children.
I vow to stand up for you. I vow to overcome impossible odds for you. And lastly, I vow to always love you.
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3 Sentence Love Story
I was a lifeguard about to start my freshman year of college, he was a business professional seeming to lack nothing; for every reason “us” never should have worked. We built a robust relationship on the sandy soil of pagan passion, but then Christ started to relentlessly pursue us both. We said “yes” to fully following Him by saying “yes” to forever together in a courthouse wedding on September 25, 2015, then celebrated with our family and friends by renewing our vows on August 6, 2016