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  • Ian and Larissa asked me to read a couple of quotes

  • from a man named John Piper

  • who is a well-known Bible teacher

  • and he talks about marriage

  • and how this mystery refers to Christ and the church

  • and he says this

  • "Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically

  • It is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love

  • between Christ and his Church"

  • he says, "Knowing Christ is more important

  • than making a living

  • treasuring Christ is more important

  • than bearing children

  • either way, it is short

  • it may have many bright days

  • or it may be covered with clouds

  • but if we set our face to make of marriage

  • mainly what God designed it to be

  • no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way

  • every one of them will be not an obstacle to success

  • but a way to succeed

  • the beauty of the covenant-keeping love

  • between Christ and his Church

  • shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it"

  • Ian and I first met in 2005 at college

  • and had a blast for ten months getting to know each other

  • I was looking through and I found one of my favorite pictures

  • which I think was actually taken right before his accident

  • he set up a camera on his tripod

  • and it's just a classic Ian face

  • that, to me, sums up who he is

  • we had been dating for ten months

  • and he was working an extra job for his dad

  • and he was on his way to work near Pittsburg

  • and we got a phone call that he had been in an accident

  • and we didn't know if it was when he got to work

  • or on his way

  • and so we got down to Pittsburg

  • and I was just praying the whole time in the car

  • that it wouldn't be his brain

  • after being at the hospital for a few hours

  • we found out that it was

  • and he had been in brain surgery for a few hours

  • and had suffered a traumatic brain injury

  • God totally spared his life

  • one night he was failing four out of five brain activity tests

  • and the next morning he was doing well

  • and his brain was starting to respond again

  • I moved in with his family after the accident

  • so I was really involved in his therapy

  • and just did whatever I could to make his life fun

  • we'd go out on dates and, looking back, it's weird

  • cause he couldn't talk

  • and he couldn't eat

  • so we probably looked like complete weirdos being on dates

  • but we had a blast and I just talked to him all the time

  • I knew that before Ian's accident he was very serious

  • about marriage and was ring shopping

  • so I knew where he was

  • and that helped me so much

  • after he couldn't talk

  • I knew that he loved me

  • and I knew where he wanted the relationship to go

  • because we were dating very intentionally

  • we just prayed that marriage would someday happen

  • and watched all of our friends get married

  • and start having families

  • and that was challenging

  • but we just tried to hold out hope

  • that that would be us someday

  • This is our board of gratefulness

  • and we encourage anybody who comes in

  • to write a note of something they're thankful for

  • it could be really small

  • mine is just Saturday mornings

  • it's just a good way that we found to be

  • just practicing gratefulness

  • Ian, I think half of yours say, "My wifey"

  • yeah

  • which is pretty cool

  • yeah

  • we decided that we couldn't really

  • consider marriage as an option

  • until Ian was able to communicate

  • but if he could communicate with me

  • then we could have a marriage

  • knowing it would be really different

  • but as long as Ian could talk to me

  • then we could make it work

  • so once Ian began communicating

  • it became a little bit more of an option

  • and then we just kind of watched Ian progress

  • Hi, husband!

  • Hi, wifey!

  • How are you?

  • Fine. How are you?

  • What?

  • How are you?

  • I'm good, it's good to see you

  • How was your day? Good?

  • Good, yes

  • A conversation I had with his dad

  • it was one of those conversations

  • where I realized this could happen

  • then that August his dad was diagnosed with brain cancer

  • and at that point his dad's biggest concern was Ian and I

  • and whether or not we were going to get married

  • or step away from our relationship

  • he wanted us to make a decision

  • to move our lives in some direction

  • he passed away before he was able to see us get engaged

  • but that was a huge impetus in why we started to pursue engagement

  • throughout premarital counseling

  • we just used This Momentary Marriage

  • it was so helpful because John Piper talked a lot about

  • primary things and secondary things

  • which is real important for us

  • because we were walking out our marriage practically

  • Ian can't do the secondary things like working

  • or making a meal for me

  • everything that's primary, though, he can do

  • which is leading me spiritually

  • Ian always comes back to

  • the foundational truths of who God is

  • and kind of reels me back in from my emotions

  • and that's the most important thing

  • we have two friends that we're going through the book with

  • I think we've just been able to help them see

  • that maybe the little things that they're excited for

  • about marriage are worth being excited about

  • but they're not the end-all and be-all of their marriage

  • but we also have so much to learn

  • and we're learning from them

  • and things that they share

  • because our relationships are different

  • and we can glean different things from each other

  • I think what helped us in deciding to make

  • this commitment to each other

  • at least for me

  • is knowing that Ian wouldn't have left me

  • if the roles were reversed

  • and that we love each other and we know

  • that God is going to be faithful to our marriage

  • we're able to love each other

  • with, I think, a more Christ-like love

  • because of Ian's disability

  • and just understand that picture

  • a little bit better than if you were healthy

  • Do you agree?

  • Yes

  • What about God enables you to have a happy marriage?

  • You know...

  • What?

  • He's awesome!

  • He's awesome?

  • Yeah

  • "When all around my soul gives way He then is all my hope and stay."

  • Desiring God exists to spread the truth that

  • God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

Ian and Larissa asked me to read a couple of quotes

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イアンとラリッサの物語 (The Story of Ian and Larissa)

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