Thursday, July 3, 2008

what a difference a year makes!

a little over a year ago, i kept hearing about this boy named joel alley. many people in my life were determined that we should meet and that we would be perfect, absolutely perfect for each other. i think it took some convincing on both our parts to allow these friends to set us up (i have never been a fan of the blind date scene and neither has joel); we really made them work overtime in order to make it happen but they were (obviously) able to pull it off and a year later i can tell you that i've never been happier!

it amazes me to look back over the last year to see how the Lord has not only changed and developed my relationship with joel but to see how i have changed over the last year. i cannot begin to express how thankful i am to have been blessed with such a Godly man. i have learned so much about God's love for me this year through my relationship with joel and all i can say is that i'm thankful that i will never be the same! it has been such an amazing thing to see the picture beginning to develop in my own life that is described in ephesians 5; i have a true desire to submit to joel (even though i can be quite the strong willed girl ;) because he loves me as Christ loves the church and i know without a shadow of a doubt that he has my best interest in mind.

i am beyond excited to start this new journey that will begin on december 6, 2008, at 6:00 pm. i can't wait to see where the Lord will take us and how He will change us, grow us, and use us!

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Will said...

Amy, You should really consider dying your hair again. Your dark roots are starting to really show in that picture. Has Joey been working out?

Melissa said...

That pic makes me laugh! It IS such a blessing to have a man that loves Jesus! And he is blessed to have you! Congratulations to both of you! Can't wait 'til Dec. 6th!

amy said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!! One year! I just decided to swing by your blogspot today and wow, it's been a year! We love you and your soon to be husband, but you know that. BTW: it was the Holy Spirit that moved moi to make "it" happen. Mr. Boyles had nodda to do with it, he just said, "Great idea!" And then he sat down to eat!!! Ha ha! Nonetheless, CONGRATULATIONS. Now you get to start all over come December 6th!

joel said...

Amy, it has been an amazing year. I have absolutely no doubt that the Lord has brought us together, (through the efforts of some persistent, Godly friends :-) ), and I am so thankful that He did. Every day I see just a little bit more of how you truly are the companion divinely suited to me (Genesis 2:18). When I'm feeling small you build me up, and when I get too big for my britches you gently burst my bubble. When I'm down you comfort me, sometimes without even realizing it, and when I'm up, you laugh with me. You encourage me, and you love me, and the time I get to spend with you is the most precious of my whole day. I'm starting to understand why the wise man spent so much time extolling the virtues of an excellent wife (Proverbs 31:10-31), because I see those virtues in you. I wonder what I ever did to deserve to have such an amazing woman in my life. I spend time every night thanking the Lord for bringing you into my life, and asking Him to give me one more day to show you how much I love you. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you!