Come As You Are


This week I celebrated ten years with my amazing husband. My best friend. My confidant in Christ. I made this video for him for a wedding surprise. We played it before I walked down the aisle. Since you all missed it, I am inviting you all into our big day.

Wiebel Wedding Movie from Jaime Wiebel on Vimeo.




This is us. Ten years ago. I look at those two kids and wonder who those people are. We have not only gotten older, our lives are very different. We now have three kids that keep us very busy. Our greatest conversations revolve around God and what He wants us to do with our lives.

In these pictures, I loved him but now I love him. He has my heart and is truly the other half of myself. Before we got married, I never understood the verses used in marriage ceremonies.


The verses come from Genesis when God made Eve from the flesh of Adam and then Jesus teaches them again in Mark 10. I thought they were just part of ceremony and tradition. Now they are real to me.

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." Mark 10:7-9

Now that I am married, I understand my husband and I are one, united by Christ. I am living this out in my life. I could write all day about this topic but I am not going to, not today.

Today, I want to tell you a story about when my husband and I first started dating. We would stay up at night and have long talks sharing our lives with each other.

It was that time in a new relationship when the past or exes may come up. I really do not like those moments and think they can be completely unhealthy for a relationship. Once something is said, and this goes for many things, it cannot be unsaid or unheard.

Even though I believe in honesty and transparency, some things just do not need said. It was not that I was trying to hide things from him. I just could not see how it would help us move forward.

So one night as we are in a conversation, he said to me, “I don’t need to hear about your past, about your exes and such stuff. All of that has made you who you are and I like that person.”  Awwwww!

No, this is beyond sweet. This is a gift. He was going to like me regardless of any history. He was mature enough to handle my past and I was of his. We just did not need to discuss it. It had no benefit. We would continue this path no matter our past.

Who was this man?

The gift that he gave me that day was, come as you are.

What did this mean for me? What did this mean for our relationship?

What would that mean to you?

There is some exciting news for all of us. God is an amazing Father that gives us that same exact gift. He says to us come as you are and let me love the person that you have become.

For a long time I was afraid to face God. Even though I was a Christian, I was on the run. I was afraid to face the person that I had become. If I had only realized then His pursuit of me was with those exact words, come back to me as you are.

In Revelation, there are several beautiful pictures of Christ and the new heaven and the new earth being revealed like a bride to her bridegroom.

Maybe it's just me, but when I attend a wedding, I always look at the groom as the bride is entering the room. The first moment when the groom sees his soon to be bride with fresh eyes is such a precious sight.

No matter how many times he has laid his gaze upon her, there is something about that moment. The moment his eyes connect with the beautiful bride that is about to become the other half of his one flesh.

This is a picture of Christ. We are His bride. He looks at us with the greatest of love. He desires our oneness and our devotion to His heart.

Here is a beautiful gift He offers to all of us from Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. 

Do not let your situations from the past, from the present, or what you foresee yourself facing in the future keep you from coming to the Lord. He knows who you are and He loves you anyway. Hear His voice. See His Word. He says to all who all willing, “Come.”

Thank you Lord Jesus for loving us in spite of who we are. Thank you for not turning from us in time of our greatest need. Thank for simply telling us to come as we are. 
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37 comments :

  1. So encouraging and beautiful. Awww too. Your husband sounds like a great and Godly man. Congratulation on your anniversary.

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    1. Thank you very much Mary. Kind words go so far.

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  2. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! God definitely has blessed you and your family.The video you made is so sweet and romantic! My hubby and I also met on a blind date. We are coming upon our 29th in January. We renewed our vows for our 25th on a beach in S.C. I also made a video of that and last year for our 28th. It is so wonderful to look back over the years and see how the Lord has been leading us, step by step. May you enjoy many, many more loving years together!!!!
    Blessings, Ann @ Christ in the Clouds - http://christintheclouds.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ann, it sounds like you have been blessed with an amazing marriage. I hope that you have many more years to come and thank you for the encouragement to me and to others.

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  3. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! We're in our 42nd year! I love the analogy with Christ, our bridegroom and His precious expression of love as He looks at us coming down the aisle to Him...just as we are. Many blessings to you ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much. Love hearing from people who have made the journey and are encouraging others along the way. Thanks for stopping by and wishing you many more years to come.

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  4. Beautiful and so encouraging! I recently had a college roommate visit for a weekend whom I had not seen in years. She brought up something about my ex from 45 years ago that bothered her. My husband was with us at the moment. My blessed husband said to me later, "I did not need to know that about him or the way you were at that time." I am so very grateful for his love for me as I am. Thank you for confirming what I have wanted and tried to place into words for my own heart. I am near tears for the joy I feel. Praising God for His ever-kind mercies.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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    1. Oh, PS...congratulations on your tenth anniversary!

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    2. This is so encouraging to me. Writing a blog is very time consuming and so much work. I know that I am supposed to do as God has called me to do and that is why I continue but these words help encourage me in the rough times. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I am glad that God has given you, hopefully, a gift of freedom through the ways He reaches us. All the Glory to Him. Many blessings friend.

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  5. What a beautiful tribute to your husband, marriage, and of course worshiping God who loves us and brings us to His altar with our spouse, to love and to hold in sickness and in health! So glad I'm nextdoor at #PlaydateswithGod @Lauraboggess today!

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    1. God has created such a beautiful gift when He gave us marriage. With Him being the bond that holds us together and helping us get through times of trials we can conquer many things. I praise Him for this gift He gives us.

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  6. Wonderful video. What a cute couple you are!

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  7. Sweet blog post, I (we) have been married 42 years and I can tell you it's a journey like no other. hang in there it is worth it.

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    1. Thank you for you Thoughts for today on this post. I appreciate the encouragement.

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  8. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! It is so true how we love our hubbies as we are married, however our love changes and that love changes and intensifies because it takes on such a new and different respect!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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    1. Time really flies. Those little things make the heart grow fonder. You are so right the love intensifies and what an amazing thing that we can grow more in love as time passes.

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  9. Congratulations on your anniversary and what a great video and even better commentary. My wife and I have been together for 26 years now and a marriage is an event yes, but it is also a process, and it changes over time. Here is to a bunch more years for you two!!

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    1. Totally great advice. So many people focus on their "big day" and get so wrapped up in this one day. It can be an amazing event but it goes very quickly and then you have to make a life together. That is where the real work comes in. Congratulations on your 26 years.

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  10. Keep your eyes on Jesus! That's how my husband and I have stayed together for 31 years!

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    1. You are right and honestly there is nothing better to keep your focus on. Even when you have an amazing husband, only Christ can give you total satisfaction and that takes a lot of pressure off of a spouse. Congrats on your 31 years.

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  11. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your special day! My hubby and I just celebrated 28 years...ups downs, but that is what those vows mean...better or worse...and I would do it all over again! BEST TO YOU BOTH FOR MANY, MANY MORE HAPPY YEARS TO COME! Aloha

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    1. Thank you for sharing with us Hula La. My husband and I actually had the Hawaiian Wedding Song sang at our wedding. We were serenaded by some friends from Hawaii that I taught with, via video. And my other friend sent us leis to present to my parents. It was pretty special.

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  12. What a lovely testimony. Happy anniversary.

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  13. I love that thought "Come as you Are." Jesus says that also and then He will clean us up, renew our soul and guide our days. Congratulations on being married 10 years. May you continue to be best friends and communicate about what God desires in your lives as man and wife (and family.) Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. Thank you for those added thoughts. He will definitely clean us up and give us a renewed hope. He is truly amazing. Thank you for stopping by and for the sweet sentiments from Tell Me a story.

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  14. Happy anniversary, Jaime! These are beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing your wedding day surprise with us! And Happy Thanksgiving :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and hosting Playdates With God. Thank you for the Anniversary wishes and you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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  15. Jaime, what a gift your husband gave you that day. You are so right...God gives that to us too. I am still single, but that is the type of relationship I pray for when I find my Mr. Right. Blessings to you and yours. Blessed to be your neighbor at Coffee for your Heart today.

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    1. Tara, God has a plan. Be patient and let Him work it out. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today.

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  16. "This is a picture of Christ. We are His bride." What beautiful words, Jaime! God is amazing in the spouse He choices for us, knowing what both people need to grow together towards Him. Happy Anniversary! Glad you shared this with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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    1. God is amazing and gives us what we need when we need it. He is my great provider. Thanks for letting me be Social Butterfly with you.

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  17. Thanks for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival!

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    1. Thanks Donna for hosting. I added your link today so I won't forget to link up with you every week. Thank you for stopping by.

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  18. Awwww! sweet video...just watched it with the girls..they were all smiles...sorry I'm late but happy anniversary to you and your hubby...hope to see you at my wedding!...now if I could find that groom of mine!,,, :)

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    1. Oh, thanks. Better late than never and since we didn't have a party this year you didn't miss much. We had a nice quiet date, alone. The kids were very upset we were celebrating without them. You have to send me a video when you find that groom of yours. You are so funny. Glad to see you here.

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