I don't think I say it often enough, so I thought I would say it today, in the middle of this month of joy and gratitude and celebration and love.
One of God's greatest gifts to me in this life is my husband and his daily decision to work out our salvation together.
Jordan reads a lot of my posts before I publish them -- particularly ones about faith -- and he and I have had, already in our marriage, innumerable conversations about our spiritual walks. I cannot tell you what a comfort it is to have someone -- to borrow an evangelical catchphrase -- do life with me, someone who sits and listens to me as I vent at the dinner table, someone who handles my day-to-day frustrations and confusions with grace.
I love that my home is a "safe zone," a place where we can ponder Scripture, pray for wisdom, and ask questions about the faith we love so much. I don't think I realized how important that would be before marriage, so if you're single, consider this one of the only pieces of marriage advice I will ever give (at least now, while I'm still in my 20s and learning about it).
Marry someone who will listen, not react. Marry someone who will look you in the eye, take your hand, and pray for you. Marry someone who will discuss and challenge your beliefs. Marry someone who is constantly growing and moving, not content to remain the same in their faith, year after year.
As I work out my salvation with fear and trembling, I am eternally grateful I am not doing it alone. We are doing it together, and it is making us better.