On May 22nd, 2011, I married my role model, Peter Henchey. At the time we wrote our vows, we had no idea what marriage would actually be like, but we had spent the past couple of years studying what marriage should be about: the Gospel. As I read these now, the sincere but inexperienced words we wrote back then take on so much meaning as I've seen these things lived out. God is so gracious.
I, Peter Henchey, joyfully take you, Hope Chambers, to be my lawfully wedded wife. I realize that by entering this covenant I am being given by God the stewardship of one of His daughters. I know that loving, serving, and sacrificing for you is the highest calling on my life other than my salvation. I am unworthy of this wonderful calling and am humbled to receive it. I pray that God would give me the grace to be to you everything He has called me to be, and that He would bring me to repentance when I fall short. Therefore, with all the sincerity of my heart, I promise for the rest of my life to pursue fulfilling my role as your husband. I pray that my conduct towards you would reflect the truth that Christ loves His church unconditionally. I pray that as God in His grace fills me, with no reserve I would pour myself out for your good. I pray that I would be used by God as a means to make you more like Christ. Hope Chambers, I pray that I would lay my life down for you, physically if necessary. I pray that our marriage would be built upon this truth, that our greatest joy will come not when we are gazing into each other’s eyes, but when we are gazing into the eyes of our Savior. With this ring I thee wed.
I, Hope Chambers, joyfully take you, Peter Henchey, to be my lawfully wedded husband. I believe that in God’s infinite wisdom He has sovereignly brought us together with great intentionality and perfect purpose. He has called me to submit foremost to the headship of Christ, as you likewise are called to submit, but I am to also submit to you. To the best of my ability, if God gives me the grace, I promise to serve you not out of duty but with great delight. I graciously accept your never-ending pursuit of me and I promise to passionately pursue you in return. I surrender my independence and embrace this one flesh covenant relationship unparalleled to any human relationship in which I have participated before. And I promise to love Jesus, my heavenly Bridegroom, more than I love you, for if the very bottom of my hope is finite and fallible like you, I am cheating myself and you of the joy that comes from realizing and exalting the glorious preeminence of our infinite and holy LORD. He is the One who gives meaning to our love and purpose to our marriage. He is the One who will hold our marriage together no matter what may befall us. If it were not for Christ’s death and resurrection our love would be vain and our marriage empty. So I offer myself ultimately to Christ but now in Him also to you, and with this ring I thee wed.
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My name is Hope.
I'm 26, married to a former skater dude, and raising little people ages 6, 4, 3, and squishy-baby. I like lime green and sarsaparilla, and I wear my Crocs until they melt. (Florida problems.)
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