This Momentary Marriage

Marriage. It feels like the end-all, be-all, but is it really? What if marriage is just temporary?

I spent a lot of time with my friend Natalie this weekend & we naturally talked a great deal about marriage {she’s dating a great man!}. She asked for wisdom, asked what it was like, and wanted to know what daily life together entails. After Michael went through the medical scare back in March, I have a renewed perspective of what it means to be in it–for better or worse–together. It was scary not knowing if Michael would be ok in the end. Would a good Dad inflict him with a disease?  I was far from  a pillar of strength and faith, as you’ll see from Larissa in the video.

What is marriage all about? I truly believe it is glorifying God better together, rather than apart. As you’ll see in the video, it’s not about happiness, prosperity, or even children. The joy living day in and day out with the one you love is indescribable–but with the depth of love for one another comes a cost.

This post today is not about Michael and I, but about Ian and Larissa. When I saw this video last week, I couldn’t help but weep. What a beautiful picture of God’s amazing love for us. I love Larissa’s heart in loving Ian so deeply. So fully.

I’ll leave you with a quote from the end of the video:

“When all around my soul gives way

He then is all my hope and stay.”

Beautiful. I’m pray for you both, Ian and Larissa! That God continues to be magnified in your love for one another.

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9 Responses to “This Momentary Marriage”
  1. Layne says:

    Ruth,
    have you read this book by John Piper? thoughts? Looking into getting it!

  2. Margaret says:

    What a beautiful testimony. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. L says:

    I saw this on facebook the other day and reposted it…such an amazing testimony of God’s grace and the joy His Spirit can bring in any circumstances. We need more of these sorts of stories rather than ones about celebrity divorce that dominate the media!

  4. Jen K. says:

    I just loved that video…thanks for sharing.

    BTW you weren’t in the Bay Area were you? Because I”d love to meet you sometime! :)

  5. Kristen says:

    Ruthie,
    I somehow missed this post when you wrote it back in May and came upon it today. What intentional timing since I am married now and wasn’t when you originally wrote this. This is so beautiful and really stole my heart. I am planning to read the book that they used for their marriage prep, Momentary Marriage. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Kristen

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Hi Kristen,

      First I must say your wedding pictures are STUNNING. Marriage is such an exciting journey–truly incomparably hard and joyful!

      I love this video & hope to read the book myself.

      Best wishes!!

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