When we got married, my husband and I decided to pour sand into a jar instead of lighting a unity candle. We took turns laying layer upon layer of tiny pebbles on top of each other to declare that our lives were so intertwined they'd be as impossible to separate as those tiny sand grains.
Through moving, decor rearranging, and just general time passing, the layers inside that jar are no longer straight and pretty. They've shifted into each other. They’re wavy and out of place. They're imperfect.
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Love in all our relationships is like that. Love with God, ourselves, family, friends, and spouses. You start out with this perfect, pristine connection. You pour out your time, energy, and thoughts. Then life happens- loss, gains, change, babies, highs and lows- and everything gets shaken up.
Your relationship withstood the fight against cancer. Your spouse held onto hope when you felt helpless. Even when your family felt abandoned, God never left your side.
Take a moment to look at all your lopsided layers. They aren’t the mess you saw them as before. They’re actually beautiful because they reveal how God always binds messy people together, shaking and sifting makes relationships stronger, and no matter what pushes us down, Love never fails to pick us back up again.
Download the FREEBIE above and fill in what makes up your layers. Look how far God has brought your relationship! What are the memories that make your marriage beautiful? How do you look at the mess differently now?
This blog was written by Kaley Rivera Thompson. She is the owner of this blog, an author, worship leader and speaker. She's always down for a cup of coffee or a good hike. You can find out more about her on this website www.kriverathompson.com or on her instagram, @kriverathompson.
Kaley Rivera Thompson is an author, copywriter, public speaker, and musician. She serves as the Director of Communications and Donor Relations for the student sports-centric nonprofit she and her husband, Gage, run called Twelve. When she's not championing other women, cheering on the rising generation, writing or playing her guitar, Kaley loves to sip strong coffee, go on hikes, or take a day trip to the mountains with her family. She takes the most pride in being a mom to two little girls, Lina and Lili. You can follow her on instagram at @kriverathompson or find out more on her website at kriverathompson.com.