Michael looks into my eyes and takes my breath away. Twenty-nine years after we said our vows in front of God and our loved ones, our love is stronger than ever.

During the hard years when the children were young and the stress seemed insurmountable, there were times when I actually felt nothing toward the man I had vowed to love forever. The misunderstandings and the hurts had taken their toll on my heart and it all seemed impossible to repair.


Now I know that with Christ all things are possible (Luke 1:37). Love grows out of hearts that are knitted closely with God. His love never fails.

I understand why God asks that we pledge our love to each other for the rest of our earthly lives because it takes a lifetime to learn how to love unconditionally and fearlessly.

After nearly three decades, our love is deeper than I could have ever imagined; it is a true miracle. As we remain close to Christ, His love is the strength of our marriage.

“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.” — Ephesians 4:15 (NLT)

I’m linking up for Five Minute Friday where Lisa Jo Baker and other awesome people write for five minutes flat with no self critiquing or no striving for perfection. This week’s prompt is: “Close.” It took me more than five minutes to write this post today.

The photos were taken the day we celebrated twenty-five years of marriage by renewing our wedding vows.

Five Minute Friday


  1. This is truly beautiful and hopeful. Thank you. I’ve been married just two (hard) years and this kind of love you speak of often feels unattainable even now. I’m praying, hoping, Christ’s love can keep us together, learning how to grow into the kind of love you speak of. Bless you.

  2. Amy Lynne on May 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm said:

    Amber, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I loved hearing that you are praying and hoping for Christ’s love to keep you and your husband together. I pray that you will be greatly blessed in your marriage as you keep persevering. Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

  3. Amy, this is beautiful. I’ve been married for almost 24 years now I could truly relate to what you shared… the times of feeling nothing towards the man I married to now falling deeper and deeper in love with him with every day. I am actually going through the Love Dare book and it’s having such an amazing impact. God is good!! Coming over through our Inklings group. Blessings.

  4. Amy Lynne on May 28, 2014 at 10:41 pm said:

    Thanks, Beth, for your sweet words. I loved hearing how you are falling deeper and deeper in love with your husband. It makes my heart happy every time I hear a testimony of God working in marriages. And I think it’s awesome that you’re going through the Love Dare book. Blessings to you!

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