As a little girl, I dreamed of the day when I would eventually get to walk down the aisle.
At only 6 years old, I had every detail planned out in my mind. I would grow up and marry someone funny, and they definitely had to love dogs. This was a perfect plan to me because we would always laugh ... and have approximately 10 dogs. I couldn't wait to grow up and fall in love and get to wear a beautiful white dress.
As I got older, I realized that love was something much more complicated than I had imagined.
I watched my parents divorce and began to have a very different outlook on marriage from that point on. It's hard to not be afraid of love after seeing your own parents struggle, and I tried to not look at relationships through the lens of divorce. There were so many times when I thought I had the found right person, but God had better plans in store for me. I almost settled for less, and by doing so, I put myself through so much heartbreak.
I prayed for years that God would send the right person into my life at the right time, and he did not disappoint.
When my boyfriend came along, it was then that my whole perspective shifted. I remember soon into our relationship feeling like everything had fallen into place and that he was going to be the one. He was someone I had known my whole life, but I never expected that he would be the person I would marry. After all of those years of heartbreak and knowing nothing but the wrong kind of love, he changed everything. God answered my years of praying and gave me someone better than I could ever ask for. There wasn't a second of doubt in my mind that he would eventually be the person I would marry.
Through my now fiance, I have become a better person. He is the most patient and kind person I know. And, in return, he makes me better. He is funny and makes me laugh when I'm at my lowest. He loves dogs and together, I can't wait to have a house full. I strive to have a heart as he does and to put others first. These were qualities I had never thought of to be important in my future spouse, but that was just another answered prayer. God knew how I needed someone like Corbin to complete my life.
I had no idea what was missing until everything fell into place.
In less than a month from now, we will be walking down the aisle. I couldn't have handpicked a better husband, and if I had settled for the wrong person, life wouldn't be as sweet as it is now. Wait for the person set aside for you. The one who truly completes you and contributes to your own growth. The person that God has in store for you will make all those years of painful heartaches and waiting seem like nothing.
Follow the plans he has for your heart, and trust that he will give you more than you ever even expected.