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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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Preparing for the Big Day (Part 1)

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As we (Brandon and Michaela) prepare for the wedding that is now just a few weeks away, we continue to be amazed at how the Lord has been bringing various details together. There is definitely a lot more involved in planning a wedding than either one of us originally thought :), but the process has been a fun, new adventure as we’ve been able to learn more about each other, and discover how our tastes and preferences complement each other.

As we look back at our relationship up to this point, and how the Lord has brought everything about, we are beginningIMG_3050 to see more clearly that a relationship of this kind is incomplete without 2 things – a genesis and a revelation. Yes, these are the names of the first and last books of the Bible; but if you look at the meanings of these words, it can be seen that a relationship, as God intended it to be, cannot be complete without either of them. The word “genesis” means “beginning,” and the word “revelation” means “something revealed or disclosed… as of something not before realized.” It’s obvious to all that a relationship needs a “genesis”… that is, it cannot take place if it never has a beginning. Everyone that has ever entered into a relationship has obviously started somewhere.

For us, the “genesis” of our relationship officially happened on November 28th, 2013… and what a day that was! 🙂 After permission was granted for our courtship to begin, each of us have been genuinely grateful to the Lord in bringing about this relationship in the way He did and in the time He IMG_3072did!

Since the time that our courtship progressed to an engagement last April, there has been a shift in what we talk about. Up to that point our conversations had been more focused on our past… our upbringing, our convictions, our struggles. In other words, we talked a lot about where we came from, and that was so incredibly helpful in deepening our relationship. However, that was only the beginning (the first part) of what a complete relationship really needs. The second is a revelation… the revelation of a mystery.IMG_3110

(To be continued – What life has been like since our engagement began.)

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Welcome to Our Website

Hello and welcome to our wedding and family website! We are excited you stopped by. Take a look around and let us know what you think.