I love doing weddings! There’s something powerful and profound about standing there with a bride and groom as they exchange vows and rings and enter into the covenant of marriage.
By God’s Grace and Love, I take you to be my wife/husband. To love and to cherish from this day forward. For better or for worse. In sickness or in health. For richer or for poorer. Forsaking all others. ‘Til death do us part.
As married couples or couples preparing for marriage, I believe it’s critical to be reminded often of the significance of these sacred vows. Renewing them doesn’t require a special ceremony…it only requires a commitment to live out these promises and recommit to them each and every day.
By God’s Grace and Love...God must be invited to lead your marriage. He created you, He created your Spouse, and He created Marriage so His plan has to be the one that is followed. He has so many blessings in store for you both. Don’t miss out on them by neglecting your relationship with Him.
I Take You...In all the world, you could only give this gift of your love to one person. You are choosing your spouse and they have chosen you! Never lose sight of this beautiful exchange.
To Love and to Cherish…God calls husbands and wives to adore each other and to pursue each other with an ever-growing love. This is a commitment to invest in the Friendship that sets the foundation for Romantic Love. It means to creatively, thoughtfully and passionately working to win the heart of your spouse over and over again.
For Better or For Worse…We’ve got to love each other NO MATTER WHAT. Marital love can’t be based on convenience or even feelings. This commitment means that our love will never be based on our circumstances. Our vows are most important in the moments when they are least convenient.
In Sickness or in Health…Our health may be broken but our love and commitment must stay healthy and strong. When your spouse is at their weakest, that is when your love for them needs to be the strongest!
For Richer or for Poorer...Commit to each other that money will never be your primary pursuit. Your love has nothing to do with whether you’re bankrupt or wealthy. Money comes and money goes, but your commitment to each other must stand firm.
Forsaking all others...If you are consistently confiding in a “friend” of the opposite sex, you are slowly sabotaging your marriage! Stay away from Porn or anything or anyone who could be a force that pulls you away from your spouse. Guard your eyes and your heart.
‘Til Death do us part...Our commitment comes with no expiration date and our marriage has no Exit Strategy! Don’t make Divorce an option! There’s nothing so broken that God can’t restore it if you’ll trust His plan and hold firm to your Faith and your Vows. Finish the Race Together!