May the Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Ashley , Michael many different views about marriage have been expressed throughout the ages..I invite you to consider the following as a message of true love and empowerment. As an invitation to embark on an excellent adventure. the vows you are about to take are not to be taken without careful thought. For in them you are committing yourselves exclusively one to the other for as long as you both shall live. This love is not to be diminished by difficult circumstances.
Marriage offers us Opportunities for growth, for full self-expression, for lifting your lives to their highest potential.
You are on a journey with the one you love as an equal partner, sharing equally both the authority and the responsibilities inherent in any partnership, bearing equally what burdens there be, basking equally in the glories.
Security in life comes with knowing that everything you think you need in life, all of the love, wisdom, compassion, and strength resides within you, and that you are not each marrying the other in hopes of getting these things, but in hopes of giving these gifts, that the other might have them in even greater abundance.
Always be mindful that being in a relationship does not mean that you are each responsible for one another’s happiness…you are responsible for your own sense of joy…in this way you each bring your share of happiness to the relationship..giving one another the opportunity to grow , to heal and to evolve into a kinder and more loving human being.
Relationships give us the greatest opportunity in life to allow Love to heal our hearts. You may be faced with challenging times as you journey together, times are not always going to be easy, your love and commitment will be tested…..if you remember how you feel about one another right at this moment and allow the love that has led you here you will move through those tough times and you will become stronger..your commitment will grow deeper….
Be gentle with one another, be quick to forgive & slow to anger. Honor one another, trust one another, love one another with a kind & gentle love.
Never loose your sense of self , always take time to celebrate who you are and work at remaining authentic. Do not concern yourselves with what you can take from the marriage but only with what you bring to the marriage. The goal of a marriage should never be 50/50…but rather 100/100….sure it won’t always be so but the goal should remain the same.
Of your home continue to Create a safe place where each of you can grow and experience your own life process with trust and tenderness. True harmony occurs with balance, to know when to move forward and when to step back, when to speak and when to honor the silence, when to lead and when to follow, a happy marriage is much like a beautiful dance, it is holding each other close and moving to the same music.
Michael , Focus your intention on being the best husband, Ashley , the best wife, the best friend you can be to one another. Forgiveness is the key to happiness,.
Throughout your days ask yourselves, what is most important is it to be right or to be kind and loving.Forgiveness says I love you without condition, I love you for who you are not for who I think you should be.