Kaitlyn and Albert Naveed were born worlds apart. But their love for God brought them together.
When Albert left Pakistan to pursue a calling in medicine, he never could have planned to meet his future wife half way around the world in West Michigan! But true love isn’t defined by geographical borders. True love is defined by God.
Describe your husband in three words.
Godly. Faithful. Humorous.
How did you and Albert meet?
We met through mutual church friends on a group dinner at Famous Dave’s!
Who was interested first?
Albert was interested first… he waited for a year and a half until he knew I wasn’t seeing anyone to make his move!
Wow! His patience paid off! What qualities made you realize he was marriage material?
On our first date, the quality that stood out the most to me was Albert’s godly integrity – and my respect for this part of his character has only increased since we met! His love for God affected every conversation we shared because it was the foundation of his worldview and every action he took. He has consistently always tried to do the right thing in every situation, even when it’s inconvenient or painful. His humility and selflessness in thinking of and serving others before himself was obvious from early on in the way he treated not only me, but his family, my family, and those around him. Also, his purity was so inspiring to me…he had not held hands with a girl or kissed a girl ever in his life – he treated these things as a sacred gift, and that lifelong faithfulness captivated me. Not to mention… he was tall, dark and handsome, and his humor always kept me laughing!
What was your favorite detail of your wedding day?
Just one?!?!?! Might have to be our very first kiss, which we saved for our wedding day! Our parents prayed over us during the ceremony, which I cherish. We changed into traditional Pakistani wedding attire at our reception which was so fun, too!
What’s your best advice for those pursuing sexual purity?
It’s a precious TREASURE and GIFT worth guarding, protecting, and saving out of love for your future spouse!! Proverbs 4:23. Pray often/daily for your future spouse and for GOD’s HELP in staying the course of sexual purity. Also, surround yourself as much as possible with likeminded friends and mentors who will support and inspire you to press on in purity if/when you are tempted to compromise. Don’t ever allow others to make you feel silly for guarding what is sacred and precious in the eyes of the Lord!
What has been your biggest lesson in marriage?
Ooooh good question… HMM! I think marriage constantly is teaching me how to be truly selfless… There are so many opportunities to serve one another, and sometimes you are so excited about that… and then there are times when the fleshly side pipes up and would rather serve self! I can’t count the number of times I have failed at selflessness, and God just brings me back on my needs before in dependence on HIM to make me more of a reflection of Him and less of myself. Ultimately, we think we know a thing or two about love when we get married, but God, who IS love, keeps working out what love looks like practically, day to day, and I realize how much I have to learn!
How do you keep God the focus of your relationship?
I think what helps us the most here is each of us seeking to be faithful in our personal daily time with the Lord in prayer and in the Word. When we are individually faithful, it impacts our relationship as a couple SO much. Praying together brings so much richness to our relationship, too. Lastly, being at and serving in church together on a regular basis!!
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