Chloe Elizabeth Northrip,
I look into your eyes and I see the life and love that I have received, but do not deserve. I see the heart of a woman who wants to pry away the selfish desires of love, and submissively and humbly love as we have been shown and called to love in Christ. And every time I look into your eyes I want to praise God for what I see, not only for their unique creation, but for the love I know I will find in them each day. Where ever this life takes us and what ever struggles we run into, I know I have a haven in your heart and that God will be there with us, working and molding us to better love one another to bring glory to His name.
The Lord has revealed so much about my own heart to me through our love in one another and as I try to think of the me before you were a part of my life, it feels lonely, because I can’t imagine a me without you. You are the answered prayers of my life, and I know the answered prayers of my mother.
I promise to hold on to these truths and to recognize you each day as the blessing you are.
I promise to not idly lead us into a mundane marriage of comfortability, but into one full of life and adventure.
I promise to learn to know your needs before you have to tell me.
I promise to bring home Indian food at least once a month and to not wake you when you fall asleep watching my favorite movies.
I promise to retain spontaneity in our relationship.
I promise your tender words will shatter my selfishness and my pride.
I promise to lead what family God gives us in His word.
And I promise to surrender who I’ve been for who you are.
So this is my active vow to love and to lead you as God reveals to me and teaches me to love and to lead. I will seek and serve Him to seek and serve your heart and to together serve the kingdom.
Chloe, you are the absolute love of my life and I will dote on and cherish you for all my days.
I love you Chloe.
Lucas Ryan Karnes,
Knowing you and starting a life with you has been my greatest delight. I never knew anyone could hold my heart the way you do, so dearly and tenderly and gently. You have upturned my world and taught me things I never would have learned. I never believed in soul mates and thought that the idea was just another cliché- that anyone could make it work if they only tried. I still don’t believe everyone has soul mates. But I believe I have mine. I know deep within the reaches of my soul that God has entrusted my heart to you, knowing you can and will care for it with all you have. Lucas, you have shattered the icy depths within my heart and taught me how to open it with warmth and passion. I can’t force myself to imagine what it would feel like to live a life without you, but I know that every day God gives us on this earth together, I will hold you dear and cherish you with all my heart. My favorite book says it best with these two quotes, “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Our souls, they are woven and cut from the same cloth. God has given you to me, and for that, I am forever grateful. It is my privilege to love you for a lifetime.
Lucas, I promise that throughout our lives, you will be my only love apart from Christ. I promise to see you for your soul as our shells of this earth fade away and grow old. I promise to give myself to you fully, in dedication and loyalty and love. I promise to always hold your hand, to kiss you every single day, and to laugh with you about how messy our lives are. I promise that when times get rough, and we feel like the world around us is imploding, you will be my world. I promise to let you be my mirror- to trust you with my beauty and insecurities and failures. I promise to be yours, and in that, always encourage and admire your heart most of all. I promise to wake up with you every morning and snuggle, even if we’re running a little late, because how can my day be bad when it starts within your arms? I promise to laugh at the small stuff, and to humbly trust you to lead us in the more difficult things. Lucas, I will follow you always. Wherever you go, whatever you do, I promise to be right there with you, my hand tightly grasping yours, ready for adventure. This life I live with you is and will be the greatest gift I receive, and I promise to never lose sight of that. I promise to always seek God’s face with you and remember that He is our first love. I pray that above all, that will be the theme of our life. I pray our love will reflect Christ’s love for His Church, a sacrificial love beyond compare. I promise to solve fights with you, to live with you, to laugh till it hurts with you, to make and raise babies with you, to learn and challenge my creativity with you, to cry with you, to hold you, to care for you when you’re sick, to grow old with you, but most of all, to deeply, truly, purposefully, and unwaveringly love you. For richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, I promise to be yours for the rest of our lives. I love you.