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Preparing for the Big Day (part 2)

Ever since our engagemIMG_3194ent began on April 13th, life has taken on a new challenge and thrill as we make preparations for the wedding while being in two different states. Since Tennessee and Illinois aren’t very close, much of our planning has involved texting information and pictures, emailing design ideas and music clips, and cell phone brainstorming sessions.

Having this distance between us – especially at this stage – hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world… but the Lord has been so gracious in providingGetting Ready 2 several opportunities for us to be together. Having to deal with the distance has also allowed us to see more clearly that our relationship will be lacking if it doesn’t have the second thing that was mentioned in the last post… the “revelation of a mystery.”

The Bible talks about this mystery in the book of Ephesians, where it talks about Jesus and His bride becoming one (see Eph. 5:31-32). The “bride” that is mentioned is the group of people that have covenanted themselves to Jesus through commitment and belief. This covenant actually makes them “one” with Him, which is stated to be a “great mystery.” AndGetting Ready 1 for good reason! If you think about it, how could anybody, whether in the past or present, actually become “one” with Jesus? The answer is found through the covenant He offers to all humanity. This covenant is the only thing that can produce this oneness.

As we (Brandon and Michaela) anticipate entering into covenant with one another, where the two of us will “become one,” we realize that our uniting is only a picture and reflection of something God has established since the beginning of time, which is that the creation of God would be brought into true oneness IMG_3180with Jesus Christ. We see that our marriage is only a representation of the ultimate marriage of Jesus Christ to His bride, and as we walk in the revelation of what that is, it is then that we can receive, not just the deepest kind of love for each other, but also the vibrant life and love that lasts forever.

But we also realize that these things can only be experienced through the commitment of a covenant.

(To be continued – Anticipating the making of our covenant.)   IMG_3170

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  1. Hi. I wanted to thank you both for sharing your story for us to read. We live in Brisbane, Australia. I homeschool my 3 children as, along with following God’s leading, I became increasingly unhappy with the things they were being exposed to in the school system that went so against the Christian foundations we wanted their upbringing and education based on. I have a 14yr daughter and I cannot tell you how great it is for her to be able to read a story like yours (& see it on the show on the rare occasion we are able to get it here in Australia) and actually SEE that putting your future spouse in GOD’s hands is not only the BEST thing to do, but it is also entirely POSSIBLE.. even in this broken world we live in. It contradicts what so many of her non-Christian (& sadly even some Christian) friends are choosing to believe & pursue on the subject. Anyway.. I”m waffling…. Just wanted to Thank you both from the bottom of my heart. Huge Blessings !! xox

  2. Brandon and Michaela: I have been following your wonderful family from your brief time on TLC and through the various social networks and blogs; unfortunately we don’t get UPtv here in Calgary, Canada. From what you’ve shared..yes, God has indeed brought the two of you together despite the distance and He did an awesome job in His own way. God the Father knows best. Congratulations! I wish you both a wonderful and joyous wedding day. May God bless you both as you embark on married life together. (I can’t wait to see your wedding pics on instagram and please continue to keep us posted from Chicago). Iris

  3. Thank you for allowing us to share in this happy and exciting time in your lives. God’s blessings to you both and to your families as your big day draws near and you begin your life together that God has planned for you. I pray that God has wonderful things in store for you. In the words of the old Irish blessing, “May you live forever in love; may love live forever in you; and may you live to see your children’s children.”

  4. Michaela and Brandon,
    As your wedding day approaches I am thinking of you and praying for you both! My fiance and I are getting married August 8th, and we are so excited! We actually both live and work in Chicago–I was just catching up on Bringing Up Bates episodes, and I saw y’all’s visit to the big city; I want you to know that I sense how lonely this city get sometimes, but I wanted you to know that you have friends here already who are wishing you all the best! If you need any advice about places to go or things to see, we are here! God Bless You and have a beautiful day!

  5. That was absolutely wonderful to read! I can tell that Christ is really the center of your lives. That’s why you’ll stand strong in times to come. Because you’re building on solid ground. God bless you in your preparations!
    Your sister in the Lord,
    Sara from Sweden

  6. Hi Brandon and Michael. I remember you guys (the Bates) from episodes of 19 kids and counting. I’ve never actually seen the Bates show because I don’t have cable, lol. But I began following you on instagram after seeing that some of the Duggar girls I follow liked your pics. First, congratulations on the engagement and upcoming wedding. I can see you guys are great friends and have deep love and respect for one another. This is my first time visiting your website. I just read your story. It literally moved me to tears. Our religions are different, but they are somewhat alike. I love God and try to walk in Jesus’s footsteps as closely as I’m able. I fail daily to be honest. But I am always trying to be a better person. Most of all, I desire to meet the love of my life and marry. I had started to become discouraged because I am getting older. But I was very encouraged after reading your story. Thank you.

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