Yesterday we packed up Carter and Aiden and took them to the elementary school parking lot. Both of the boys had received new bikes for the holiday. Carter’s is a smaller version of a regular bike with training wheels still attached. Aiden’s is a smaller version of the Big Wheels tricycles we had as kids.
Carter took off like a rocket around the empty lot, doing circles and turns around the light posts. Aiden pushed himself along on the ground, not yet willing to put his feet on the pedals. I looked at Val and stole a rare moment of peace. It was inspiration to consider what our marriage could be in the new year.
May 2015 be the year we reclaim ourselves and not lose each other in life, work, and parenting. May we make the most of the down times and rare moments alone. May we rededicate ourselves to each other and go on a date night when possible, even if it means sharing leftovers while the kids play in the living room.
If you are single and searching, I pray 2015 is the year you find that person who is searching for you. I pray for patience and peace, that you can know you are worth finding the right person and being loved and respected. Know that you are valuable as a person, friend, romantic partner, and child of the Creator.
I pray that 2015 offers a new dawn and second chance for those relationships and marriages struggling under stress from outside and within. Never forget that love wins, that we are called to serve with a selfless love like the one who died to set us free. Keep the lines of communication open, say what you feel and trust the person on the other end of the conversation.
It does get better.
I promise you that.
“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” 1 John 3:23