Saturday, July 16, 2011

One Year

Today is July 16th, 2011. One year ago today I was marrying David Thomas Vogel in Acworth, GA.

I will never forget my excitement as I walked down the aisle. I could not wait to begin my life as Mrs. Vogel.

It was one of the few times in my life that I have been so utterly confident that I was following God's will for my life. David and I both felt that marrying each other actually brought us closer to God. Our wedding and marriage was one of the most powerful acts of worship I've ever participated in.

I can't believe a whole year has gone by, and let me tell you, it's been quite a year!
We have had our ups and downs, but I can tell you that I love him more than ever and can't wait to see what the next year and many more years bring.

In a year, we have...
Been to several dear friends weddings.
Bought a car together.
Sold a car together.
Gotten completely out of consumer debt.
Gotten a puppy.
Watched our church grow exponentially.
Faced 6 months of no job for me.
Rejoiced when God provided me a part-time, work from home job.
Bought a house!

God has been so good to us!

As I look back on this year and forward to the next, I am challenged to continue to grow and change. Being a wife is not as easy as I thought it would be. Being a good wife is incredibly hard. I have so many areas that I need to improve to be a "princess worth waiting for" as Rapunzel is referred to in the movie Tangled. (We watched it last it!)

More than that, I want to be a "wife of noble character" as it states in Proverbs 31. I try to read this often just to see how I stack up so to speak and let me tell you, I have a long way to go!

Here are just a few things that popped out at me when I read it today. I encourage you to read it on your own. For women, it is a beautiful picture of what a Godly wife should be. For men, it is a beautiful picture of what you should encourage your wife to be or look for in a mate.

~ "Her husband has full confidence in her." I struggle to even be confident in myself sometimes.
~"She brings him good not harm."
~"She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family" Is it still dark at 9:00? :-)
~"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks." I've got to get to the gym...
~"She opens her arms to the poor..." Desperately want to do this better...
~"She makes linen garments and sells them..." I did just get my mom's old sewing machine!!!
And the most important thing of all "charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."

I think it all starts with that last one. If you have a dynamic relationship with the Lord and seek Him first, everything else will fall into place. It's as simple as that. My first priority to my husband is to be close to the Father.

Happy Anniversary David! I love you more than I can say. We'll see what the Lord brings this next year!

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