It has been two years since our Real Women | Real Relationship series. I loved putting that series together. I loved the diversity, the honesty, and the women that so freely gave their stories. And this year…we are coming back–
to the same women. to the same relationships.
to new women. and new relationships.
We are returning to talk about love and marriage. We are going to sit down this month and have conversations about the hard things, the good things, the whole picture, expectations, the one-way street of love, marriage books, freedom, awkwardness, opening up, finding and fighting for the whole new story you get to live alongside your spouse.
It feels awfully bold to be so young and hosting a series on marriage as told by young wives, but we have a voice. If we continue keeping our mouths shut while saying, “Oh well, I’m not old enough to talk about that yet. What kind of experience do I actually have? I’ll just wait.”, then we help no one with our silence….when there are women who need us!
This October we have come together to SPEAK UP. These women will be sharing about their marriages which have turned out to be hard, beautiful, fun, freeing, HARD, healing, and worth it.
I recently saw the most ridiculous video on Facebook about singleness being your “your time with God.”….and marriage was just, you know, that thing that rescues you from exile. As if marriage makes you exempt from seeking out God intimately. As if marriage rescues poor damsels in distress. As if marriage lays a magical bandaid on all deep wounds and broken limbs.
Marriage rescues us from nothing. It highlights our weaknesses. It brings us no ultimate, soul-lasting joy. Marriage is just another season of life in which seeking God intimately and solely is the only Way to joy and fulfillment. Marriage is another window into the great love of God…a small taste of yearning satisfied.
This month, we will walk into the diversity of marriage, the weakness within it all, and the strength + grace gathered from this great commitment of love.
Society has painted marriage as the top of the ladder for happiness and love, but the marriage that will be painted for you this October is a lot of broken, a lot of difficulty, a lot of healing, a lot of love redefined, and a lot of God. Marriage is only ever wonderful & good when God is Who we seek…with everything and more.
Marriage is simply for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health…and God is never-changing within our teetering worlds of love. So wherever you are at in life, we want this series to help you see that NOTHING, no season whatsoever, will ever be able to fulfill as God will.
And we all have the opportunity for the best life, the most joy, no matter what, when we seek God with our everything & more.