Beyond the Wedding

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” – Ephesians 5:25 

Weddings are events that are often grand and memorable. They are the culmination of months of planning and dreaming. The average American drops serious cash on engagement rings and weddings, investing not just money but also time and intentionality into making that BIG DAY perfect. And it’s worth celebrating, right? 

But here’s the kicker: marriages aren’t just about the wedding. No one walks down the aisle thinking about the storm seasons that might roll in later. Because let’s face it, when you’re picking out flowers and choosing the perfect song for your first dance, you’re not exactly thinking about the obstacles that might come your way. 

The storms in marriage are different. They hit you with challenges that you never considered on your wedding day. It’s like preparing for a summer day and getting hit with a winter storm – unexpected and demanding. 

We invest so much in that one glorious day, and it’s beautiful. But let me ask you something: How much time, attention, and intentionality have you put into preparing for the days, months, and years beyond the wedding? For the marriage itself? 

In Ephesians 5:25, husbands are urged to love their wives as Christ loved the church, giving Himself up for her. That’s a level of commitment and sacrifice that goes beyond the glitz and glamour of a wedding day. It’s about being prepared for the storm seasons. 

Imagine if we approached our marriages with the same level of intentionality we put into planning our weddings. What if we invested as much time and effort into understanding, supporting, and loving our spouse through the storms as we did in choosing the perfect color scheme? 

So, here’s the challenge, let’s shift some of that attention from the wedding plans to the marriage plans. Let’s prepare for the storm seasons together, understanding that they will come. Let’s invest in the foundation of our marriage, ensuring it can withstand the unexpected challenges life throws at us. 

After all, a strong marriage isn’t built in a day, but it’s sustained through intentional love and preparation. 

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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