Note from Dustin: This is the BEST GUEST POST ever! Honestly, I couldn’t be more excited because after 2 1/2 years of Engaged Marriage, my wonderful wife Bethany makes her writing debut today to share her love of the book The Vow.
If you enjoy her post, please leave a comment – she’s a bit insecure about her writing and I’d love her to share more!
As a fan of Engaged Marriage, I thought I’d contribute a “guest post” regarding the book The Vow: The True Events That Inspired the Movie by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter.
I read this book because I am a fan of romance and had seen the trailer for the upcoming movie.
I imagined that the book would be a moving story of how their love conquered all and got them through what anyone would think of as a horrible time in their lives.
It is true that the book is a love story, but what most inspired me was not the love that Kim and Krickett had for one another, but their faith in God and how that faith seemed to move mountains that appeared insurmountable.
It is obvious from the title that the “vow” that Kim and Krickett took on their wedding day was one they did not promise lightly…but I’m sure that any married couple thinks that when they are standing up in front of witnesses on the day of their own wedding.
I don’t want to go into too much detail about the book because I’d like those here at Engaged Marriage to read this testimony of faith and love for themselves. However, I did feel compelled to write this to encourage more people to read this book, if they haven’t already.
Through reading this, I was reminded of how much God truly loves the vocation of marriage and how much He wants to be a part of what we have promised in front of Him and to each other.
I was reminded that all of us will face troublesome times in our marriages, hopefully not as terrible as that of Kim and Krickett, but also realizing that there is a reason for everything. God uses us as tools to spread His word and grace to others.
Kim and Krickett saw their story as a way to share their faith. They used interviews and TV shows to spread the message of God’s goodness.
Can we do the same? When faced with challenges in our lives and marriages, we should be asking God “Why?”…not “Why me?” but “What are you trying to say through me?”
When we remember to include God in our marriages, we are strengthened in our vows to each other and given graces we would not have otherwise received if we hadn’t promised to love each other.
It was no coincidence that the first miracle performed by Jesus was at the wedding feast at Cana!
We are all called to vocations in our lives: married life, single life, or religious life. Make sure that the vow you take is not done lightly and that you are prepared to walk the path God’s will has laid out for you.
It won’t always be easy, but when we include Him, nothing is impossible.
What do you think? Has the depth of your vow been tested, and how would you react if it was? Share in the comments below!
Bethany Riechmann is the loving wife behind the scenes of Engaged Marriage. While she only writes once every 30 months, her husband would love your encouragement to get her to share her valuable perspective more often here on the blog!