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January 7, 2006 I stood before God, my husband, and witnesses…..to a new beginning. I became a wife, a servant, a witness, and one with the man of my dreams.

Today I want to share with you our vows we made to one another.

Anna, I commit myself to love you as Christ loved the church.

I commit myself to being your Spiritual leader as I am submissive to Jesus Christ.

I will die to myself to take on your welfare above my own.

I commit to present you with pride as my Holy, beautiful, beloved bride and best friend.

I long to seek your best interest by guiding you and cleansing you through the Word of God so you might obtain your beauty from a submissive heart to Jesus Christ.

I commit to be faithful to you, cherish you, and provide strength for  you.

I will commit to be patient, seek righteousness and truth, hold no record of wrongs, endure all things while recognizing you are not the enemy rather Satan is.

I will make a conscious effort to actively love  you through communicating and listening daily.

I commit to rejoice and mourn with you. I will be honest, truthful, and sincere.

I commit to always be by your side.

I commit myself to set aside all other women and look on no other one as I do you.

I will always love you and never divorce you, because Jesus Christ is never going to stop loving nor divorce His Church.

Anna today our chord of three strands is complete. May we be led by the Holy Spirit in every part of our lives. Let us commit ourselves to keeping Jesus Christ first in our lives than each other by continually coming together to love and honor Jesus.

And my vows to my husband….

Justin, today I stand before God vowing to you a life commitment.

I commit myself to being your helpmeet as God sees fit for a wife to be to her husband.

I commit to support you, serve you and encourage you with pride as my leader, supporter and best friend.

I will be submissive to you in everything, every decision, very move, every plan and all everyday affairs as I am submissive to Jesus Christ.

I commit to be the keeper of the home.

I commit to always set my needs aside to meet your needs first.

I commit to rejoice and mourn with you.

I commit to be your prayer warrior, lifting you up and praying with you daily.

I will be merciful, faithful, and honest.

I commit to not give myself to any other man emotionally, physically, or spiritually.

I will always love you and never divorce you.

I commit that these vows will never be taken lightly, but lived out through the rest of our earthly lives.

Justin I love you and I will hold true to our vows in all seasons of our lives. May we pursue holiness in all aspects of our lives and Christ be the center of our marriage.

What a blessing it is to read over my vows today and see these lived out in our marriage…when we married, I had no idea one day my husband was going to tell me there was a chance we would be moving to Huntsville, Alabama. I’ll be honest, my heart was not pure when he told me of this news at first. I rebelled in my heart, and said I would not pray about it, and the answer was no. Then, God reminded me of our vows, and how I vowed to to submissive to Justin in every decision, and trusting him as my spiritual leader, trusting him for what would be best for our family. It was within hours of conviction, I began praying, and my heart was happy and excited for the journey ahead in Alabama…

We have rejoiced together…..(two little blessings, a new home, witnessed my brother and his wife getting married, graduated with my M.A. to name a few….

We have mourned together…..both lost our grandparents.

A few pictures on our wedding day…….

 

My husband washed my feet on our wedding day to symbolize his service to me, as Christ serves His Church….

 

Did you write  your own vows? If so, how were they the same or different from ours?

What stands out to you from our vows?

May your marriage seek to stand out from the crowds, loving one another unconditionally….maybe get out your vows, and read them together tomorrow on Valentines. What better way to celebrate this love day.:)

 

xoxo

Anna


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We as women all want to be beautiful…media tells us what is beautiful, but what truly is beautiful inside YOU? What makes you come alive from within? When I watch this girl dance, the grace that radiates from her is beautiful to me….

(fyi….the added flair to the images is just something fun for the video);)

Princess Terri from Anna Pociask on Vimeo.

And images without the whimsical flare…;)Check back later for the full session!

This is something I am critiquing and working on to give to my clients….like what you see? Please share!:)

xoxo


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“Women, your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as b raided hari and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their husbands.” 1 Peter 3:2-5

Wait…don’t leave now that you have read that last verse that gets most women riled up….be submissive to their husbands. If this turns you away, then maybe there is a deeper issue. Ask God to check your heart….Is it a pride issue or is it a trust issue?

Lets get some definitions out there to help clear out some fog or misconceptions that you may have….

Submission: to yield oneself to the authority or will of another: surrender.

Pride: putting ourself above someone else/thing.

Trust: a person on whom which one relies.

So, maybe submitting to your spouse is hard because he/she has failed you more than once, or maybe he/she is degrading toward you with words of defeat. But, then there is a flip side where it has nothing to do with trusting your spouse, but, maybe you believe there is no such thing as having to “submit” to your spouse. I like to call this denial of the truth, or better yet, pride.

How does this all tie together you ask? Being submissive makes us beautiful?! Why yes it does. Beauty truly does come from within, beauty on the inside never fades, but as much as I hate to admit it, wrinkles start showing up, grey hairs pop up, gravitation takes hold…haha…but, all those things do not matter when we have lived a life of submission to our God and to our spouse. Because these things come from within….

Let’s go even a little deeper….”The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 I believe when I possess to live a lifestyle with these characteristics my husband is proud to call me wife, his best friend, his teammate, his lover……

  • compassionate
  • kind
  • humble
  • gentle
  • patient
  • forgiving
“All these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” I don’t know about you, but I want to be unified with my hubby.

What are some qualities or characteristics you possess to live out in your home? What difference do you think it would make in your marriage?

xoxo

May your marriage continue on each day reflecting the love that once was, is, and always will be!

Anna


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I have a lot of bridal shoots coming up this year, and am looking forward to all the new and fresh images for my portfolio. This shoot more so shows my creativity, and was a shoot more so for me. This gal is one of my good friends, and she is beautiful….and a past time real model.:)

The watch represents my logo…..my images are timeless…..and you are only a certain age, in a specific time of life that captures your beauty and love….I love capturing the awe and glow brides radiate during the engagement period…

And the tea pots…well, that was just me being fun.:)

 


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To end the last monday of the month I thought I’d bring in some input from a couple that I look up to very much in more than one way. I am 100% positive I am not the only one that adores this couple….Todays featured couple is a couple that I met in college, was a roomie with, and sought much Godly wisdom from. You may remember this past session….

 

I sent over some questions to them (last night,oops) that I felt would be encouraging and questions we as couples struggle with…

Anna: Give a brief history of your relationship before you were married, and how things led to knowing you were meant for one another. How long have you been married?

D&D: We have been together for 12 years and married the last 8 ½ of those. We began dating towards the end of high school and continued through college until we were married at the ages of 21 and 22! I look back and think, “That’s so young! I think our parents were just trying to get rid of us.” ? As far as how we knew we were meant for each other… Sure, there were times dating that we thought we were so perfect for each other, but I really don’t think that we ever felt like we were the only options for one another regarding marriage. Even in dating, our focused prayer was just for God to use our similar passions for Him—simply to be used by Him. As we focused and prayed for that while dating, we saw God do amazing things in us. I’m so grateful for that perspective because when we were 18, 19, 21, even 25, our pride told us that we would never find it hard to love each other or hard to keep our marriage fun…then we bought a house, had two kids, and took off our rose colored glasses to actually see how “incompatibles” and different we actually were. ?
Without our focus on Christ and being used by Him in our marriage, the idols of life would have swept us away after our first kid.

Anna: how did the “tag your it” all begin, and keep going all through your marriage?
Was there ever a time it fizzled out, or has it always kept going strong?

D&D: “Tag” was a game that we have played for so long that I honestly don’t remember where it came from. I think we heard it mentioned on Focus on the Family or something…it was like 10 years ago. In all honestly, I feel like it was just another way for God to show us His grace. It has been so crucial to our marriage during the real tough and stressful seasons. I think there were a few years prior to having our first kid that we did not do much with the game- just a “tag” every now and then- but for the past 4 years it has made us laugh and feel thought of over and over again.

You may remember from the past session Danielle actually snuck in this playful game during the session, and Dave had no idea, when I was snapping this picture….until I posted it on his fb wall the next day.:)

What I love about this, is that they have to keep working at it….not because they have to, but because they want to. They want to keep FUN in their relationship. The proverb says, laughter is medicine….and I could not agree more.

I had Danielle email me a few pictures of a few more examples of silly ways they have “tagged” eachother…

Anna: What have been some life changing books you have read on marriage?
D&D: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas, The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

Anna: If your marriage could reflect one couple in the bible who would it be? And why?
D&D: Well, our desire is for it to reflect Aquila and Priscilla in Acts 18. We have a passion to team together to further the gospel and train up Christians to be disciples who make disciples. We love that this couple- graciously, boldly, and faithfully–,fought together to train up those who were seeking truth. New Testament believers/ couples like these, who walked in the power of the Holy Spirit, are the reason why the gospel spread so quickly.

Anna: Share any other things that you do that helps keep your marriage alive.
D&D: The obvious ones are to go on intentional date nights; those breath life into us. While that one is huge, for us personally we feel like we have to be almost more intentional in the daily things, like “Tag,” than the “event” of dates. So, that means that we try to incorporate Prov 5:18, “Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth.” To us, that phrase, “wife of your youth” speaks so much to how we interacted in the youth of our relationship. We pursued one another, served one another, and laughed with one another, and had “eye ball to eye ball time.”

Anna: What advice would you give to young parents to help keep the focus on God first, your spouse second, and THEN your children?
D&D: Ultimately your pursuit of the Lord as a couple and a family has to be a way of life. Yes we “schedule” things that line us up to sit under the waterfall of God’s grace but it’s more of an all-encompassing thing. It’s the day-in and day-out individual pursuit of Jesus that fuels our marriage and family. If our individual walks with Jesus aren’t going well, then our marriage will suffer. Honestly, we spend more time sitting with Jesus as individuals than we do as a couple. As a result of this, our conversations, love, service, and parenting are fueled by the love and grace of Jesus rather than our flesh. At the same time though, we sin against each other and Jesus more than we’d like to admit, which makes repentance a huge part of our consistent conversations. Honest and open confession and actually dealing with sin issues, rather than “sweeping them under the rug of life” goes a long way to maintaining a healthy marriage and walk with Jesus. As far as parenting goes, this also leads us to have consistent Jesus-moments with our kids. So, pouring the gospel into our kids looks more like teachable-moments of grace and discipline where we are speaking scripture to our kids throughout the day rather than the typical bible story before bed (which we also do very consistently).

I hope  you leave today encouraged and inspired to bring a little fun into your marriage….

I would LOVE to hear some fresh and fun ways you bring FUN into your marriage! I want to hear some silly things you love birds do.:)

May your marriage continue on each day reflecting the love that once was, is, and always will be!

xoxo


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