I love you even with your braces and bangs.

Braces and bangs…what was I thinking?! I didn’t realize how awkward I would look. And I must admit that I struggle with vanity from time to time. The comedy of it all is I had to give so many talks these past two weeks. There were blog readers who came up to me wanting photos and I wanted to run away because I am vain!!! I didn’t want to smile and pose for the camera. I know…it’s silly.

After one of my seminars, Edric confronted me in a loving way and told me to get over it. He knew I was self conscious because I was hardly moving my upper lip. I looked like an unskilled ventriloquist. Part of the problem was my lips kept snagging on my braces.

It’s been a few weeks since I first got them. Thankfully, these are fast braces so I shouldn’t have to wear them for too long. In the meantime, while I am looking like a teenager with wrinkles, I am so glad Edric told me two mornings ago, “I love you even with your braces and bangs.”

He would prefer that I didn’t have either but at this stage, 13 years into marriage, we understand that physical appearances aren’t the most important aspect of a marriage. I am not saying it’s not necessary to be attracted to your spouse and to do your best to be attractive for your spouse. But it’s certainly wonderful to know that braces and bangs aren’t going to change the way Edric feels about me. I don’t have to look perfect. I am not pressured to be flawless.

At the recent wedding of my cousin, Joseph, the officiating pastor, Jay Jackson, said, “Because love sees more it is willing to see less.”

He certainly meant more than just the physical but since I am on the topic of external appearances, permit me to say how much I appreciate a couple of things about my husband…

I am so thankful I married a guy who doesn’t compare me to the attractive women he meets. (He interviewed three gorgeous beauty queens for his TV show a few weeks ago.) I am so thankful that he doesn’t entertain attractive stalker women online. (Some women don’t care that he is a married man. They still attempt to get his attention and flirt with him.) I am so thankful he doesn’t ogle at bill boards of younger women or look up pornography. He admits that he is tempted to just like any other man, but he tries his best to guard what he sees.

Why? Because he loves God. He wants to please Him. If Edric didn’t have an intimate relationship with the Lord, I wouldn’t have the same sort of peace that I do about our marriage. But because he does it affords me rest from trying to KEEP him attracted to me. I try to stay fit and take care of myself so I don’t fall apart physically. However, no amount of striving in this area would make him faithful to me unless he desired to live for God.

I have seen the same conviction in my father who has stayed faithful to my mother. The other day I was showing my dad old photos of him and my mom. And he began to have tears in his eyes. My dad hardly gets emotional! But he went through each photo with me, commenting on how beautiful my mom looked. Afterwards he asked me to send the photos to him. As he made his way up the stairs to his study room, he glanced back at me with an expression of tender affection and added, “It is good for a husband to look through old photos and remember how much he loves the wife of his youth…” He seemed to be lost in a moment of sweet remembering as he smiled and climbed the remainder of the stairs.

When he said “wife of your youth,” I remembered this passage in Proverbs…Drink water from your own well— share your love only with your wife. Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. (Proverbs 5:15, 18 NLT)

A man marries the woman he loves but a man who loves God keeps loving the woman he married.

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Comments

  1. Hi sister Joy , I’m blessed to read your article, I just got my braces and bangs too at the age of 38 :), Praise God I got a loving husband too:)

  2. Johann Antaran says:

    Superb ! Well written and well said.

  3. Very comforting and loving words. It just makes me smile

  4. This post was so funny yet sweet. You two look so much like each other!

  5. Hi joy you still look beautiful even with braces and bangs!

  6. You know what Ms. Joy? Honestly you’re one of my epitomes of truly beautiful women (inside and out) and the list isn’t even long. I’m still in college but I hope that when I get older, I will become just like you and be married to man like Mr. Edric.AND have kids like your own. He he he

  7. Hey, Joy (“,) I agree, you look beautiful with or without braces and bangs (“,) You look like your mother in one of her wedding photos and you look like your second son in the family photo you included about your parents’ courtship (“,)

    I always enjoy reading your little stories about you and Edric.. It’s like reading a favourite novel like Pride and Prejudice… Hehe…

    You are so blessed to be married to a man like him… I would sometimes see him in the food court of St. Francis Square when we would held our Bible studies Tuesday morning in CCF… Ang gwapo in his pink t-shirt and khaki pants! Hehe… (“,) God bless, always (“,)

  8. Vanessa Alexis Barnal says:

    Awweee still pretty! Godbless. I wish I could have braces tooo.

  9. Kathy Mae Vestal says:

    It was so inspiring! I am so blessed that i was able to follow your blog. It always reminds me to live and walk according tto what God designed you. A life who is honoring to God. How i wish I could marry a guy who is God-fearing and a man who is madly in love with the Lord.

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