Hi, I'm Nicole! I'm the blogger at bloom, a newlywed, a fur-mama, a part time librarian, and a full time photographer and videographer for 314 Productions. God is good to us.
Marriage is a sweet thing. I’ve been married for 649 days (as I’m writing) and I’m so incredibly grateful for each and every day we’ve spent together as husband and wife. Marriage is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced and I was shocked when it really was such a life change for me. I didn’t really know what all I would experience as I entered into marriage aside from finally living together and enjoying married life things (enter wink face). I didn’t know that the first few weeks of marriage would be so sanctifying. I didn’t know that my relationship with Jesus would grow exponentially. I saw my sin more. I saw my selfishness more. I saw my need, my daily need for grace more. Marriage is such a picture of the gospel. Of Jesus loving His bride, the church, and the church being submissive to Christ. I love that God gives us so many real and tangible examples of the gospel.
It has been truly incredible to see my husband really become MY HUSBAND. Not just someone I share a house with but someone who leads our home. Someone who I can trust and look to for spiritual guidance.
Our marriage has grown so much and specifically this year. Friends, can I tell you that year two is even better than year one? I hope that I can say that every year. :)
These past few months I’ve seen our marriage grow. And it’s because our relationship is becoming more Christ centered. I absolutely see the fruit of a Christ-centered marriage. I see how God uses marriage in our lives to refine us and make us more like Jesus.
I would encourage you to sit down with your husband and talk about the ways that you can be more intentional to keep Christ the center of your relationship. Because it’s so easy to allow other things to creep in. Decide a time to pray together or a day of the week to read together. Think about having another couple over for dinner and maybe studying something with them. Marriage is sweet. I’m so thankful that Jesus blessed me with this relationship and it is my desire to use it to glorify Jesus and spread the gospel through it!
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