I knew I was falling in love with my husband on one of our first dates. We went to a wedding together. I discovered that he had a lot of friends and a sense of humor that made everyone laugh. We held hands and walked along a moonlit path as we got to know each other.

We danced, laughed, and talked.

He drove me home and told me he was “falling” for me. I walked into my parents’ house with a dreamy, hopeful heart that I may have found the man I could fall in love with.

The Great AdventureA few years later, I was pronounced Mrs. Murray and hurried down the aisle to Steven Curtis Chapman’s “This is the Great Adventure.”

Come on, get ready for the ride of your life

Saddle up your horses

We’ve got a trail to blaze

Through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing grace                                                           

Let’s follow our Leader into the glorious unknown

This is the life like no other whoa ohh…

This is The Great Adventure

We walked down the aisle into the glorious unknown of what married life would be like. Little did I know all of the wonderful memories that we would be making and all the storms that we would walk through.

I’m glad I didn’t have any understanding of what “for better or for worse” really meant on the day I got married. I was a blissful, young bride, full of anticipation and excitement for my future. I’m glad I danced at our wedding—naïve to the often-stinging pain and endurance that loving someone truly requires.

Our life has been a great adventure. I never knew how amazing and hard it could be all at the same time. I never thought I would ever come to a place where I questioned our covenant. But the truth is, there have been days when I didn’t think we would make it.

When I received a wedding invitation recently, I was excited to get childcare and go on a date with my husband. I love marriage ceremonies and watching as young lovers gaze into each other’s eyes. I sat next to my groom of 19 years, four children later, and listened to their fresh vows of love—of those ready to step into their own mystery.

The pastor spoke the familiar words: Love is a choice and not a feeling. Every day, you will make a choice to love your spouse.

My husband and I had just gone through a season of chiseling.

A time where our wounds still felt a bit open and raw.

A time where our love was stretched to its limits.

And we figured out how to hold onto God and our vows through it.

A time where in order to come together we had to discover that even when we can’t seem to reconcile and our wounds still feel like they are bleeding, we can choose to be broken together.

Through the years, we sometimes embrace songs as our own. A few years ago on our anniversary, we danced to the song “Marry Me” at a restaurant in a quaint little town called Murphy’s. I’ve kept it as my ringtone ever since.

A few days before we attended that wedding, my husband sent me this song, “Broken Together” by Casting Crowns. I knew it would be a song we’d cherish as a representation of our love through the hard times.

It’s a song about choosing to stay with each other and be broken together instead of apart. It’s not easy and it’s often downright painful, but it’s what I learned that God wanted from me.

If you are struggling in your marriage, take a moment and watch this video Broken Together.

As the newlyweds finished their first dance and guests were invited to the dance floor, it was time for us to dance again. Time to remember what young love felt like. Time to rejoice in our love that has weathered the storms of life and grown stronger than ever—the love that has our history etched in every crease.

It’s a beautiful love. A love that’s matured. Every twist and turn on this great adventure has brought us closer.

Let’s dance again. Let’s forget the stress of the world and live in young, blissful ignorance of what our future will bring… knowing that 20 years from now, whatever that future will have unfolded before us, we will still end up here, dancing together again.

Let's Dance

When life has wearied your step, take a moment to dance.

First Dance

Do you have a special song that reminds you of your love and commitment to marriage? I would love to hear from you! Share your song in the comment section below.

If you are in need of prayer for your marriage you can email me at Valeriemurray@valeriemurray.com and I will pray for you this week. Your email is private and will not be published.

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