February 25, 2013

Run-Away Bride


As soon as the opening prayer ended, I knew I had to leave.

I ran as fast as my beige patent leather heels would allow, leaving my soon-to-be groom at the altar. Fast up the aisle my father had just walked me down. Past the wedding guests. Through the small hallway and into the powder room where my purse and coat were.

There they were, waiting for me.

My vows.

In true form, I’d forgotten them in the powder room.

I hurried back to Joshua waiting patiently for me at the altar where we exchanged our vows.

It’s not every day that a girl makes a lifelong commitment. But it is every day that I get to carry one out. Not just to my husband, but to my God.

At times I’ve been a run-away bride from God. The altar, Jesus and my vows have been left in the dust as I took off for what I thought were greener pastures. All along, He waited patiently. Waited for me to return to pick up my vows and come back to the altar … to Him. The very place my heart belongs.

We can run all our lives, but we’re never truly settled until we make a lifelong commitment to the One. In Him, we have all good things, including the gift of love: God’s love and the love of a husband. And so I share my wedding vows to Joshua with you to show my commitment to my husband that are similar to my vows to Jesus.



Dear Joshua,

There really is no place like home. I’ve come to know this with great certainty as we’ve fallen in love and decided it was right and good to get married. I tell you all the time, “You’re my favorite place to be.” And mostly that’s because you are where I am most at home … you are where my heart is settled, comforted and loved.

I vow to always keep you as my home base. To never stray emotionally, physically, or in my thoughts from our marriage covenant.

I vow to keep Christ as the center of our home. To seek Him every day with all my heart, mind and soul, and serve Him with all that’s within me.

I vow to keep our home clean from doubt, strife and unnecessary cares, and will aim to fill it with believing the best about you, humility, and prayerfulness.

I vow to willingly submit to you as head of our household, to lean on you, and not be stubborn. And to allow you to serve me.

I vow to hear you out, compromise, be totally honest with you, and value your strengths as well as balance out your weaknesses.

I vow to stay healthy and keep active doing fun stuff together.

I vow to always make silly puns and to laugh and have fun with you. To bring a cheerful, playful warmth to our home. Because laughter is ‘gouda’ for the heart!

I vow to dream and plan and pray for our future with you.

I vow to fulfill your needs and wants to the best of my ability, including making awesome sandwiches

I vow to love mercy, act justly, and to walk humbly with our God.

I vow to let you know every day just how very much I love you, respect you, care about and cherish you. And to thank God for all the wonderful things about you that make you … YOU!

If home is where the heart is, then my heart will always be with you. And I vow to be the best wife for you with the strength and wisdom and love God gives me for all the days of our lives.

Because whether in good times or bad, whether everything hits the fan or life is a breeze, we should always be able to count on our home being a soft place to land, a warm place of acceptance, and a place of peace and calm. So know this, you can count on the way I’ll love you, honor you, server you and I’ll always make my heart, your home.

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  1. Carol Bruntlett says:

    Wow Sam those vows brought tears to eyes thanks for Sharing your heart with us, you are an amazing woman of God , love your heart .
    Be blessed my friend
    And yes I need to stay close to God and always go to Him even when things are good .
    Thank you Carol

  2. Kristi Seat says:

    Speechless. Beautiful vows from one of the sweetest spirits I’ve ever met. Praying for you and Joshua every day.All my love Samantha!

  3. Sam,

    Beautiful sweet sister! Reading this blessed me. I’m so very happy for you my precious friend. 😉

    Much Love, Hester 😉

  4. Hey Sam, really enjoyed this. You really need to download the song, “When I Think Of Home”, by Bryan Duncan. It is an old song but perfectly goes with this story. Congratulations friend! 🙂

  5. Hilda Quintanilla says:

    Bam! I love it all!

  6. After 26 years of marriage, I can tell you that it is ALL worth it – good times, tough times – I’d do them all over again to be where my Beloved and I are today. God bless you both!!!

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