To the man I love – my partner, my confidant, my best friend, my supporter, my love: Cameron Stuart Duncan Weir, you are an answer to prayer, and God could not have chosen a better husband for me. You came into my life when I least expected it, but also when I most needed it. Thinking about our relationship reminds me of this quote by Timothy Keller- “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God.” Stuart, being loved by you is a lot like being loved by God. You see me, you hear me, you know me, and you continually love me. You are the greatest gift because after a lifetime of searching for a place to call home, I have found my home in you.
As we journey through life together, I promise to continually pursue you. You are worthy of being known, and I promise to grow in my knowledge of and love for you each and every day. In the times I would rather be stubborn, I promise to put your needs above mine. They are valid and important, and I promise to acknowledge them as such. When we argue, I promise to choose being in relationship over being right. You are deserving of grace. I promise to choose forgiveness rather than bitterness, and intimacy rather than blame. At home with you or out with others, I promise to respect and honor you in the things I say and do. I admire you, and I promise to show you and others that truth.
Each day, I promise to pray for you, to speak truth over you, and to encourage you. Your feelings are valuable, and I promise to hold your heart with care. In every area of our lives, I promise to invite God in. I promise to put Him first so that I may love you better. Through Him, I promise to put on a compassionate heart, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. No matter the circumstances, I promise to cultivate a culture of thankfulness to God in our relationship.
In all we will experience – joy, sorrow, peace, anxiety, hope – I promise to stand by your side, to hold your hand, and to walk through life together with you.
To Rebecca, who I love deeply,
In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, it states in the ESV: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
To me, Rebecca, I see in you a woman after God’s own heart, someone who seeks every day to be an outworking of God’s love, grace, compassion, and truth to those around you. I shared this passage with you the day I asked you to be my girlfriend, stating that what I see in you is a life marked by the things of God. I share them with you again because after nearly a year and a half, I have witnessed the countless times you have lived out what 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 defines love to be. Rebecca, you are a woman of integrity, you are patient, kind, you rejoice with the truth. You
uplift those around you. You are honest, and you allow yourself to be vulnerable so others may grow alongside you. Among many of the things you’ve taught me, you have revealed to me in both word and action how vulnerability, honesty and trust combined with God’s Grace and Truth, are the vehicles that drive growth and build deep, impactful relationships. Rebecca, I promise to serve you, encourage you, uplift and build into you, to listen to you and seek to know you more each day. I promise to be vulnerable with you, to be honest and truthful, to continue sharing with you my heart and my thoughts. I promise to pray with you and for you, to partner with you in our journey of faith, that both together and on our own, we may grow closer to God. I promise to love you for the rest of our lives, to honor you, cherish you, and respect you with all the strength granted to me through Christ. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. It is an honor and gift to love you, and be loved by you, Rebecca, and I cannot wait to start this next chapter together.
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3 Sentence Love Story
After a few years of knowing about each other, we eventually went for coffee as friends. The meaningful conversation we had that day sparked an interested on both sides and led to the start of a beautiful relationship. Here we are now, married and ready to go through this life together, hand in hand!