When a Man Loves a Woman

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"When a man loves a woman
Can't keep his mind on nothin' else
He'd trade the world
For a good thing he's found
If she is bad, he can't see it
She can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend

If he puts her down"

You guys remember this song? It has always been one of my favorites & reminds me of how much my Nathaniel loves me. When a man loves a woman he would... well he would sacrifice. 

His comfort, his pleasures, his time... He'd give it up for the woman he loves.

Marriage has been a true test of love, sacrificial, selfless love. We have only been married 5 years but have been through so much. Living out of the country, a few different apartments/houses, 3 beautiful children, losing over a dozen people close to us, and the list goes on. 

Nathaniel has known me thin & heavy. He has experienced me as a working wife & a stay at home mom. He has held my hand as I pushed out babies & held my head as I almost died. He has come home to a spotless house & hot meal but also to a filthy house & an overwhelmed wife.

When a man loves a woman, he'd trade the world for a good thing he's found. 

You see, the reason I love these lyrics is they tell me that Nathaniel loving me is a sure thing. In our culture & generation we are led to believe in superficial love. A love that can end, a love that can mistreat, a love that can fade, a love that we do not deserve. 

We are daughters of a King & our men here on earth should treat us as such. They should make us feel worthy, beautiful, desired, & like royalty. 
I have been so loved by my man & I know this is a love not many will know in an entire lifetime so I do not take it for granted.

Nathaniel, thank you for loving me through it all. Thank you for seeing me as beautiful, always. Thank you for sharing the pain of life with me. It is easy to walk through the pretty things together but the hard things... Thats where love is shown. 

& even when you struggle to love me, even when things are hard & loving each other is more work than fun, I am grateful it is you. Gosh we are a hot mess, but a beautiful mess because of Jesus.

One thing I have learned about marriage is the cost of love. Love without cost is superficial, but sacrificial love is deep. I have learned that when you love with depth you will never stop going deeper. That is what keeps marriage exciting. 

I don't want to live in the shallow end of love but I want to sink deep with you Nathaniel. I didn't know it was possible to love you more than that day we said "I do" but here I am... 
More in love with you than ever before. Gosh that makes me excited for the years ahead. 

xoxo Jalyssa
(p.s. Nathaniel is making fun of how I pose for pictures, hater)

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