His banner over me is LOVE ... ( a repeat for mm&m)

I have absolutely loved participating in Rachel's carnival for meetings marriages and memories! I thought that last week would be my last post (I talked about the meeting, proposal, and wedding) but I just can't help but re-post this one! I wrote this a couple months ago to share with the world how wonderful my husband is. I thought it would be the perfect way to end my time with the mm&m meme. So ... here's how it's been since the wedding...

I love the study of the Song of Solomon by Tommy Nelson. It's a dvd series all about love, sex, and marriage (not in that order... obviously). My husband and I started watching the dvd's when we were dating, then we got to go to the conference and see it live about a month before we got engaged. While we were at the conference, John bought a copy of the dvd series for us to have. We watched them in the evenings on our honeymoon. Now we try to watch them once a year (usually during the week of our anniversary) and it is such a blessing to us and to our marriage.
One of the verses that I particularly love is "He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love." SOS 2:4 When you go to a football tail-gate (at VMI at least) there are banners all over the field. "Class of '04"... "Mom's of '07" ... and so on. You know who each person is, and where they belong, based on which banner they're standing under. Well, Solomon's bride was known to belong to him because of his demonstration of obvious love for her. Everyone could see it - and they knew she was his. My husband loves me like this. I am so blessed to have a man who so obviously loves me that no one would doubt for a second who I belong to. I just want to give a few examples of how John shows his love - because he deserves some recognition!

First of all, John has been doing the sweetest thing for me our entire marriage (almost 4 years). He wakes up a lot earlier than I do... so every morning when I come out to the kitchen I find my Bible open to the verse that corresponds with the devotional he has laid out for me and a love note from him to go with. My coffee cup is always sitting there and all I have to do is push the button to the maker. He does this every day. I have an entire drawer full of all his notes - and soon I am going to have to start filling another drawer.

John comes home from work to eat lunch with me almost every day.

He prays for me every single night before we fall asleep.

John takes care of the kitty litter box (because he knows how gross I think it is and he doesn't want me to have to smell it).

When I decided that I wanted to start learning to run this spring he was all about it! My wonderful husband said he would be with me every step of the way (even though he could run a lot longer and my itty bitty strides are tough for him with his super long legs). He stays right by my side as I puff and pant my way around the track. He usually runs a couple laps when I'm done to get his exercise in... but the other night it was getting dark when I finished. I told him to go ahead and run - I would be okay. He got halfway around the track and turned around to come back for me saying he didn't want to leave me when it was dark. (my heart melted a little bit).

I told him the other day that I was participating in Beth Moore's memory verse challenge. I gave him my verses and asked him to print out a few copies so I could put them up around the house. He came home with several copies in all different kinds of cute fonts! (He knows how much I love cutesy things) Then he said he would be doing it with me and sure enough - he's memorizing them too and encouraging me!

Last year on our anniversary he gave me a really special gift. A ruby necklace with 3 little diamonds. The card said, "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies." Proverbs 31:10 He went on to say that the three diamonds were representative of our 3 years of marriage and also of "a cord of three strands is not quickly broken" Ecclesiastes 4:12 I cried.

And this last act of "bannerful" love... he left the most precious comment on my thankful thursday post yesterday :
John said...

"I am thankful for my bride. You are breath to my soul, and you make everyday brighter and brighter. How could God make someone like you for me ... somone who loves me so much? It makes me realize how much more God loves me, and how He delights in providing for his children. And realizing that makes me fall even deeper in love with you Lauren, because I can only truly love you with His love; He who loved me first. See you after work! "

Could anyone doubt who I belong to? Nope! Because "his banner over me is love..." How does your husband wave his banner of love over you? How can you respond in kind? As for me... my daily goal: "She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life." Proverbs 31:1
I am such a blessed woman! Tomorrow I plan on writing about our amazing chapel fellowship that we just left (because of our move). They blessed our socks off this weekend and I can't wait to tell you about it! Until then... head on over to Rachel's for more love stories! :)
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"Rachel" said...

Oh my goodness, I remember reading about him setting out your Bible. That is SO SWEET!!!

PLEASE keep participating! :) I love how you write and reading about you & John. You guys are the cutest couple!

sara said...

wow, you have one amazing guy there!! I love that he prays for you each night!!

3 Blessings said...

What an amazing relationship you two have! That is such a blessing in this life.
Have a beautiful day!

Jill said...

What an amazing guy! You are definitely blessed.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a beautiful pictures of the love of God...and what and aweseome husband.

He & Me + 3 said...

I am so glad you reposted this. It is so beautiful. What a special man you have. Truly a blessing from the Lord.

LAURIE said...

How awesome! I am always blessed to see how God brings two people together and flourishes their love for one another. Isn't it amazing how easy that is when we put God #1 in our relationship. I can see that you two have done just that! -blessings.

Amy said...

Aw! It's so great to know that your husband is so wonderful to you! I can see that God has really blessed you & your marriage!

Kristen Love said...

Your husband is a treasure straight from the Lord- wow!
You are truly blessed :-)

Kari said...

Saw your name of Filled With Praise today and stopped in. Enjoying your posts. I like the book by Tommy Nelson, Song of Solomon. We got it when we were engaged (been married 9 years). Have a wonderful day.