Monday, June 09, 2008

A Marriage Worth Celebrating...

This weekend one of my dearest friends got married. I knew it would be a great weekend. How could it not be? My college friends Natalie and Emily were coming in from Nashville, there was tons of fun hang out time with them, and great wedding festivities all planned out. I'm not sure if I have ever been more excited about one of my friends getting married. The greatest part of the weekend, though, was watching Michelle & Charlie enter into marriage. A covenant that I know they take seriously and one that is setting them up for a life of ministry together.

My favorite memories from the weekend are mainly from the rehearsal dinner. As we sat around the room at Texas Land & Cattle and heard person, after person, after person, after person testify to the work of God in Michelle, and in Charlie, and in their relationship, I was just floored. One, because I could not be more happy for my dear friend. I mean, what a way to go into marriage, surrounded by people who love you and are affirming that God is in what is happening in your life. Wow. On a personal level, I was hit with something else at the rehearsal dinner, that what they have is completely and totally worth waiting for. I know it seems simple and kind of obvious, but it was huge for me in that moment. I, like most single girls I know, sometimes get impatient with being single. But it was so fun to tell Michelle on Friday night as we were about to fall asleep, that her marriage to Charlie was already an encouragement to me, and already spurring me on to walk in what the Lord has for me, just as she has done on her own in my life for the last 7 or 8 years.

Everything about their wedding was just amazing! It was so fun for me to be a part of and I truly walked away from the weekend just feeling incredibly blessed. I have friends who follow wholeheartedly after the Lord and spur me to do the same thing. I got to see one of those friends marry the man God had for her - it just doesn't get much better!
Bridesmaid's Luncheon.

Me, Ryan & Emily at the Rehearsal.

Pictures before the Wedding! (Nat, me, Em)

At the Reception (Nat, Sarah, Liz, Meredith)

There was much dancing...

The college friends with Michelle!


emmysue said...

ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto...

love you!

Natalie said...

AMEN to everything you said!!