With This Ring: Promises to Keep

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A beautiful celebration of the promises that bind two hearts forever.

Centered on the traditional wedding vows, this exquisite keepsake book celebrates the beauty, delight, and mystery of married love.

Soul-stirring quotes and inspiring stories illuminate the history and deeper meaning behind each aspect of the wedding ceremony, from the betrothal pledge of "Will you be mine?" to the declaration of two hearts ...

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Overview

A beautiful celebration of the promises that bind two hearts forever.

Centered on the traditional wedding vows, this exquisite keepsake book celebrates the beauty, delight, and mystery of married love.

Soul-stirring quotes and inspiring stories illuminate the history and deeper meaning behind each aspect of the wedding ceremony, from the betrothal pledge of "Will you be mine?" to the declaration of two hearts eternally united as one. The elegant design includes space to record treasured memories, shared dreams, and meaningful reflections.

With unforgettable insights on sacred love, With This Ring creates a personal treasury of romance and devotion, perfect for anyone preparing to exchange vows, celebrating a marital milestone, or simply wanting to recapture the beauty of the promises they share as husband and wife.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400074761
  • Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,188,766
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Weaver is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and the award-winning gift book With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, Guideposts, and HomeLife. Joanna and her pastor-husband, John, have three children and live in Montana. Visit her website at www.JoannaWeaverBooks.com.

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Introduction

You hold in your hands the book of my heart. I wrote it for those of you who are just now embarking on the great adventure called marriage. But it is written for married couples as well–from newlyweds to those married half a century or more. It is for all of us who, having once said, "I do," attempt daily to live out the brave promises they spoke in their wedding vows.

The inspiration behind With This Ring came from an unusual place. As a friend and I browsed through a local interior design shop one day, we entered a room that featured a lovely bedroom ensemble. However, it was the calligraphy dancing just below the ceiling that caught my attention.

Along the upper wall, an artist had hand-lettered the words of the traditional wedding vows in a lively mix of painted calligraphy and golden confetti: "Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony.…"

"How beautiful," I told my friend as I circled the room, looking upward. "I would love to have this painted in our bedroom."

A loud snort of disgust interrupted my musings. Turning, I found a middle-aged man shaking his head with a sneer of amusement. "No one means those words anymore," he said.

Shocked, I replied, "Well, I do."

"Take it from me, sweetheart," he said, leaning in as if to let me in on a secret. "The men never do."

I could only stare at his self-satisfied grin as I pulled back in disbelief. To have a complete stranger be so openly cynical about marriage was new to me.

"Well, take it from me," I said when I finally found my voice. "My husband meant those words. And he proves it every day."

I went home shaken and saddened by the exchange, not because I am unaware of the challenges and disappointments marriage sometimes brings, but because the world so easily dismisses what God so highly values.

Out of that encounter at the design shop, however, came a determination to look deeper into the words we say so sincerely, though perhaps a bit naively, when we stand before God and family to become husband and wife. My search to find the meaning of the wedding tokens and traditions and the beauty surrounding them led to the writing of this book.

As you read this book and weave your own story into it, I hope you will find the same inspiration and sense of wonder I experienced as I looked at the history and meaning behind the phrases of the wedding vows and the significance of the wedding ceremony. But even more, I hope you will walk away with the same holy determination to live out those vows daily in a deeper and more meaningful way than ever before.

From this day forward… 'Til death do us part.

The Day Love Was Born
The angels saw it all. Creator spoke, and suddenly the dark, swirling chaos of the cosmos disappeared, leaving an ordered universe in its place.

Night. Day. Land. Water. Word by word, day by day, the plan of Creator unfolded before the heavenly host, each creation more wonderful than the last. The Father spoke. The Spirit moved. And the angels applauded.

"Marvelous!" cried one angel. "Incredible!" said another.

The brilliant blue and green planet beckoned with beauty, nestled against the black night sprinkled with stars. Layered with lush forests and soaring mountains, it was a palace fit for a King. As though God himself would dwell there.

"Unthinkable!" cried one. "Ludicrous!" said another.
And yet it was so. Each evening Creator left his throne and walked in the garden he'd created, visiting the man he'd formed from the dust of this new world. The man created to fellowship with almighty God.
Why?
the angels wondered. Never had such an honor been given. And yet somehow they understood. The heart of Creator was so large it ached to love. The adoration of angels and their unrestrained praise filled his ears but failed to touch his heart. He longed for love. Not worship. Not fearful reverence. But love.Laughter echoed across the garden and into heaven. The fellowship was sweet. Creator smiled as Created named each animal, exulting in every one. Together they explored the secrets of Eden and the wonder of this new friendship. But as the days passed, a growing conviction gripped the heart of Creator. A bittersweet realization that there was still more to give.
Each creature had a mate. Another of its kind. But the man was alone.
"It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helpmate."
And in that moment love was born. Not in the creation of the woman, but in the Creator's willingness to share the man. In the Creator's willingness to give. For God so loved…he gave. Though it meant sacrificing the single-minded devotion of the man, God gave. Though it meant sharing the communion meant only for him, God gave. Though it meant the willful disobedience of man and woman would someday cost Creator the life of his dear Son, God gave.
We, too, must give if we endeavor to love. Love holds no room for selfishness. It is only in laying down our life that we find it. It is only in losing that we win. We can learn a lot from the day love was born.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
—Philippians 2:3

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
The Betrothal Pledge     7
Will You Be Married?     10
"Love Comes Quietly"     12
Giving the Bride Away     13
God's Surprise     16
"A Marriage"     18
The Day Love Was Born     20
The Ceremony     29
Gathered Together     32
Come What May     33
A Place to Rest     37
The Wonder of It All     38
A Dream Come True     42
The Vows     51
The Love Chapter     54
A Strong Foundation     57
Endless Forgiveness     59
May You Have Enough     60
To Have and to Hold     62
A Program for Happiness     64
Transforming Love     65
"Love"     68
Stirring the Oatmeal     70
Let Me Be Your Mirror     72
The Tokens     79
So Very Good of God     84
Diamonds in Your Backyard     86
Rich Blessings     90
Sharing the Wealth     91
My Wife     94
My Husband     95
The Declaration     101
Shelter to the Other     104
Sealing the Agreement     105
What's in a Kiss?     108
First Kiss     110
Forever and Always     114
"Under the Harvest Moon"     116
Two Become One     117
I Do Love You     124
Sources     129

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