Gift of God

Gift of God

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:8

One Year Ago
Every day with Nathan is a blessing, but today I’m feeling especially blessed. One year ago today, Nathan took me to dinner, and afterwards he played his guitar and sang “From the Ground Up” by Dan and Shay to me. Our one year anniversary is today, and I can’t help but reflect on what a blessing he is to me.

Gift of God
Gift of God

When God Gave Me a Gift
We came into each other’s lives when we both were going through the worst semesters of our lives. He reminded me of my worth when I felt worthless and helped me heal from a massive heartbreak. Although I still didn’t know him very well, I knew that he was a genuine, kind, and generous soul. I reminded him of these realities which helped him overcome the struggles that he was going through. Nathan’s name means “gift of God,” which is so appropriate because I’m certain that God put him in my life to remind me that I’m his beloved daughter.

Showered with Love
I always dreamed of dating someone who treats me like a princess and never lets me forget how much he loves me. From our first date, Nathan has always reminded me of his love for me. He never stops trying to win my heart although it’s already he already has it. From singing to me on our first date, to surprising me with beautiful bouquets, to dedicating the most beautiful song to me at his senior recital, he isn’t shy about showing me how much he loves me. Although his grand gestures are heartwarming, I appreciate the little things he does for me just as much. The sweet goodnight texts he sends me every night put me in a good mood before I fall asleep. He gives me a big bear hug every time he sees me and gives me little kisses on the top of my head.

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Returning the Love
Because Nathan loves me so much, I want to do everything I can for him. I love to go to his music concerts and support him as he does what brings him to life. I listen intently as he tells me about the work that he’s doing, and I love talking with him about what a wonderful music teacher he’ll be. I surprise him with thoughtful gifts like candy, shirts, and art supplies to remind him that I think of him often. I love the little moments of having dinner in my apartment together and talking about our days. I give him hugs, hold his hand, and put my head on his shoulder to remind him that I’m here and I love him so much.

A Christ-Centered Relationship
This is the first relationship that either of us have had that is truly Christ-centered. I’ve never dated anyone who prays with me and for me. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to bring each other closer to God, and a year later, we both have strengthened faith because of each other. I constantly thank God for Nathan and ask him to make him a godly gentleman, and I see my prayers working in him all the time. He prays so beautifully and he uses his gifts to praise God in his church’s choir. In all things, he points me toward our Heavenly Father and helps me to grow in holiness. 1 Corinthians 13 provides a litany of love’s attributes, like patient, kind, not boastful, etc. I see these characteristics in our love. It’s not perfect, but Our Heavenly Father is constantly working in us to help us love each other the way we were created to be loved. By loving each other, we’re learning to love Christ more. Please join me in prayer, praising the Lord for our one year anniversary, asking for His intercession in our relationship, and that one day we’ll reflect Christ’s love for the Church in marriage.

I love you endlessly, Bean! I’m looking forward to the years to come!

Stay radiant!

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Published by madeline_mckissick

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Madeline spent a year of service in Washington DC before settling on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She and her husband, Nathan strive for holiness and Sainthood by living simply and intentionally with their eyes fixed on God. You can find Madeline wearing cardigans, enjoying a charcuterie board and a glass of wine, playing board games, spending time with her loved ones, and sometimes doing all four at once. Check out and @radiantwjoy on Instagram!

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