Friday, July 27, 2007

Marriage and the whole crazy thing

The planning is done, the candles have been burned out, the flowers have withered, the honeymoon has come and gone.... Sometimes you wonder why you go to all the trouble to bring something together and then everything is done and you realize why you went to all that trouble... it's beautiful. I can't wear a big princess dress every day and have my dad walk me down the aisle to hand me off to my husband to be, i can't go on week long trips to mexico every week, and i cannot have big beautiful parties on golf courses with all of my friends and family every evening, though all of these things cannot happen everyday they are beautiful memories that will never fade with time. I had such a carefree day on July 14th, there was nothing to stress about and nothing to fear because our God is greater than details and desasters, He is also greater than us. Though Jared and I are but one man and one woman, we are one in Jesus Christ and with His never ending help we will endure the challenges of life and press on toward the Goal. We have been encouraged through the Psalms this week.Specifically, Psalm 91:14-15 it states:

14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

Because our beautiful day of marriage is over and life has set in there will be days when not so beautiful things will arise but through the great grace of our God we have a hope that will sustain us through the deepest of waters. when we know him, love him, and call on him daily we can rest assure that He will see us through. Even in the Jungle of Tulum i was reminded of this grace. Why fear a zip line that stands 40 feet above the jungle floor and cenotes that hold fresh water that gets up to 60 feet deep, or snorkling through a cave that is barely big enough to breath in... Our God is with us through all of the jungles of life and i found that when we let him take us through those, the journey is the most amazing thing. Jared and I had an amazing wedding day. We also had an amazing week in Mexico. But we've found more clearly than ever that we have an amazing God who has allowed us to have this great love; may we never see it differently.

Thanks to all who were a part of our wedding in large or small ways; you have been a blessing to us. Thank you also to those of you who pray for Jared and I; we need you.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Sneekin' up like wild flowers

Sometimes the most beautiful things in life just seem to sneek right up on you. For example, in the spring, just about the time you think winter might just be over for the season, you find yourself staring summer in the face with the beauty of a small wild flower. Many days have passed since that night in december when Jared and i made it official that we would one day become Husband and Wife. That day, is 2 days away! It is such a good feeling to know that soon the details will be over, Thank You's will be sealed and sent, Tears will be cried and dried, and the photos will soon seem old. I do not want to rush the day away. I do want to be a wife and i do want to love my husband with the love that only God our Father and supply us with. I long to have life and have it to the fullest. I know that there will be hard days, and very hard days, but i look forward to going through those with my best friend and our God. Throughout the years that i prayed for my unknown husband God laid a piece of scripture on our hearts it is found in Ecclesiastes 4:12; it reads, "... A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." i have recently been so encouraged again by this verse and it's promise that though we are only two people together as we seek God we have the power of that threefold cord to withstand the storms that life will eventually bring. Jared and I appriciate any prayers you may offer for us as we begin our marriage and we look forward to serving together for the Kingdom. The days will be over soon but the love will last forever. Though the wild flower seems to end with the season, it always comes through in the spring. likewise, as love seems to have it's seasons it's life is always there....

Sleep well,
God Bless.
-Christina Lindsey