Have you ever taken a good hard look at what makes your marriage work?  It’s different for everyone.  What works for one couple may not work for another. 

Have you heard the phrase ‘a match made in heaven?’  Well, I believe that was us.  The truth is that God was molding our marriage long before we even knew we’d be together.

My husband and I have known each other now for more than half the total time we’ve been on earth.  We met in middle school.  I was outgoing and not afraid to speak my mind.  He was reserved and shy.

Clearly we were meant to be, right?

We were best friends through middle school and high school.  Well, minus the few years I dated someone he couldn’t stand.  We lost a little touch during that time. I’m sure it was more me than him.  I was wrapped up in my first actual long-term relationship.   He couldn’t support it because he knew.

After that relationship fizzled, we were close again.  Another long-term relationship came by and lasted longer than it should have.  This guy was roughly 4 years older but I’d venture to say at least 6 years behind me maturity-wise.

Nick and I remained best friends though.  We were inseparable.  We spent long days at theme parks, dinners, pool halls, and movies.  We had a truly amazing summer before college.  Then, he moved away.  Yep.  That did it.  He was no longer my trusty neighbor that I could call on a whim to hang with.

The amazing part?

All of this was being orchestrated long before we realized it.  Our hearts were being cultivated. We were able to see just how well we go together.  We were able to see what we were missing when he moved away.  We belonged together.  We fit like pieces of a puzzle. 

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You see.  He is everything I’m not.  And I mean everything.  He’s calm when I’m flustered.  He’s messy while I’m organized.  He’s able to relax while I rarely do.  He’s easy-going and I’m more high-strung.  He was able to wait me out through two boyfriends.  I couldn’t even see him in that way at the time.

We’re so much different now than we were all those years ago.  We’ve grown up but we’ve grown together.  We’ve learned from each other.

He completes me.  I complete him.

Boy, did God know what He was doing way back when we were only 12.  The best parts of this story I’ve saved for another time.  For now, you can see just the bare bones of our story.

What is your story?  Why does your marriage work?  Spend some time thinking about it.  I’d love to hear your love story!!!

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In fact, I’d love to showcase your love story.  Who needs romance novels?  We each have an amazing love story.  Let’s share them! 

If there is enough response, I’d love to put them in another series.  Why?  Because I feel we all have a love story we’d love to share. Who doesn’t love telling theirs?!? 

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