Six months of marriage: One more answered prayer

one of our wedding photos by fyrefly photography

Today, Michael and I celebrate six months of being married.

Though it admittedly isn’t all that long in the grand scheme of things, it is pretty incredible to look back and see how far we’ve come: A year and a half ago, I was single and living in Cincinnati. At the time, there were two prayers on my heart: 1. To meet the godly man I would marry, and 2. Find a job in Grand Rapids and start the next chapter of my life.

I had only been praying adamantly and intentionally about both of those for a few months when I penned this journal entry titled, "things are happening… i can see it," that reflects on God working in these two prayers:

July 15, 2008

All I can say is that I feel like I’m at a point where I’m really able to watch God work. It used to be that God would do stuff without me realizing it and I wasn’t aware that the steps I was taking would lead here or there. But now, I feel like I’m finally able to see it and perceive in, in real, live time.

It kind of reminds me of the part in Fantasia where the magic just starts to kick in, and it’s happening little by little. But after awhile it swells into this huge symphony of magic coming together. Right now, it’s that beginning. Where the buckets are teetering and brooms are waking up and they’re starting that little dance, just now stirring. And to think i’m able to watch it as it happens to me and those around me. It’s so awesome.

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it…”

It’s interesting to note that when I wrote that, I had no word about a job in Grand Rapids and no men on the horizon. I knew Michael, but was convinced he had no interest in me so I had no expectation that anything would happen there at all.

Yet, there was a feeling in my bones that God was at work with these prayers. What do you know? Within weeks, I had my first date with Michael and a job offer in a city with one of the country's most depressed employment rates. A year later,  I was already a married woman and planning my next cross-country move. Miracles wrought, revealing that God can make the impossible possible, the loftiest of prayers come true, faster than we ever anticipated.

It has been so amazing to look back and see how God laid those prayers so heavily on my heart and then--why am I surprised?--answered them in such an incredible and powerful manner. A year and a half later, I'm still in awe and ever-so thankful, as both of them have indelibly changed my life and my heart!

Happy anniversary, Michael. I love you!

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  1. Happy anniversary! I wish I had a closer view (geographically), but it's been awesome watching you grow these past few years. I miss you dearly but am very happy that you're so happy!

  2. Happy Anniversary!! It seems you two have grown so much together and created a very nice home for yourselves down there in Atlanta! Proud of you and happy to be your friend!

  3. Carmen! I can't believe it has been six months already! It is almost scary to think about how FAST life goes (and is going!) I love you and miss you and can tell you from experience that the next six months will just keep getting better! :)

  4. Happy Anniversary, Carmen! :) And thanks for sharing the amazing ways God has answered your prayers. It's so encouraging to see how He works in others' lives. Such an affirmation that truly nothing is impossible with God.

  5. Ah, thanks friends! I very much appreciate the affirmations and all of your friendships. Each of you has a special spot in my heart!!

  6. I just hit my 6 month anniversary and it isn't going so well at this moment. Hopefully 'this too shall pass'. :)

  7. Thanks for getting in touch, AnnieG! I'm sorry to hear that your marriage is facing some challenges right now. :/ Hardships are inevitable in any marriage, so I do hope that they shall indeed pass and this is just getting them out of the way earlier rather than later!


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