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“I never ever thought someone could love me as much as he does.”

When I first met Ashley through Socality on her Instagram, I never expected that a year later I would show up at her home in Seattle, be welcomed
into her home and community, and fall completely in love with her heart for God, her marriage, and the people of her city.
The way she loves Joel is captivating. She said, ‘You marry someone knowing the flaws that they have, but through covenant we can better
one another the way Jesus betters us. You expect and anticipate the way you are going to grow. I’m thankful for who Joel has encouraged me
to be. In the deepest moments of my brokenness he pulls me in and I feel altogether safe. He’s everything I could ever want. At the heart, he’s everything.
He’s perfect for me.’

And Joel. I’ve never seen someone with such an intentional and inquisitive mind also have a soft and vulnerable heart. I’m going to give you his
words, not mine, to share with you one of the most important truths I’ve learnt on this trip, but also what I think would radically change any marriage.

Ash,
Let’s live our lives slow.
Let’s take it all in,
And enjoy what and where we are.
Let’s live our lives fast.
Let’s blaze through this life,
And leave a smouldering pile of dust at the end.
We’ve been married for four years,
And if there’s anything I’ve learned,
It’s that time goes by fast.
Let’s make sure to make it all count.
Let’s not let our remaining years slip past us,
Scoot right on by.
Let’s live them.
Let’s cherish every moment, and I mean every moment.
Our lives are sort, and time goes quickly,
But life lasts longer when it’s filled with joy.
I married you because you exemplify joy,
And I want to live the rest of my life life experiencing joy with you.
Four years seems like a lot,
But we have a lot longer to go.
Let’s go fast,
Let’s go slow,
Let’s go together.
I love you so much.
– Joel

 

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