Since August 4th, there have been quite a few incidents where people have encouraged us to elope.
"It'll save money."
"It will mean more."
"You won't have any 'wedding pressures'."
Boy were they right! I'm halfway through wedding planning and I've got decision fatigue like no other. The florist asked me what kinds of flowers I'd like and I told her, "White." She asked, "What kind of white flowers, honey?" and I said, "The pretty ones." HA! That was pretty much all she got from me until my sister stepped in and took over.
I'll tell you what- there have been quite a few times when I've wanted to just chunk all of the planning out the window and waltz downtown to the courthouse in the white dress I've got stored away at home. I don't have white shoes yet, but you probably couldn't tell if I went barefoot.
Ha. I've heard that this "I'm-not-gonna-finish-planning-this-sucker" happens to nearly everyone, so I'm not worried. But after the third or fourth time I wanted to give up on wedding planning, I started giving it some serious thought.
Seriously- why are we doing this?! It's a bunch of money, time and effort. I'm spending a ton of my time trying to make sure that I don't forget what the day is all about, but that's pretty hard when the caterer wants to know what color plates I want and I'm trying to figure out which one of 10,000 different stamps to put on the invites.
But then I remember.
I'm a part of the body of Christ. JD is a part of the body of Christ.
As I thought about just getting married with my family there, I remembered everyone in NewSong. I remembered how awesome it was to see that person finally text in, "I got the job! Thanks for the prayers!" on one Sunday morning. I remembered how awesome it was when I got to go to her birthday party last year. I've gotten to watch her grow up over a whole year! I remembered how hard fourth grade was when it started last August and how their parents have learned that patience and persistence is helping their children. I remembered the text that said the baby had been born and mom & baby were doing well. I've celebrated and prayed for so many people who are near to me and if they suddenly stopped sharing with me, I would feel robbed.
I remembered that celebrating our major life events together is so rewarding.
One of the greatest joys in this life is sharing our stories and living our lives with other human beings. God designed us to live that way and instructed us as the Body of Christ to live in that way. God encourages us to talk together.
Sometimes, it seems like its not worth all of the work.
But then I remember.
I remember that if I stop living in fellowship, I would be robbed of seeing God in other people. They would be robbed of seeing Him in me.
I remember that if we don't invite anyone, we wouldn't have anyone to celebrate with.
So this week, invite someone. Let someone in. Share your life with someone else. It may seem like a lot of work, but it will be worth it.
January 12th, we sang:
"Sing and Shout" by Matt Redman
"Cornerstone" by Hillsong
"Not for a Moment" by Meredith Andrews and
"Oh How I Need You (Find You)" by All Sons and Daughters
January 19th, we sang:
"Reign in Us" by Starfield
"Nothing is Holding Me Back" by Bryan & Katie Torwalt
"O the Blood" by Kari Jobe and
"Steady My Heart" by Kari Jobe
On January 12th, I encouraged all of you to SING out and bring your sacrifice of worship that morning. I was blown away by you guys that morning and this past Sunday. I love to hear a congregation who is worshiping and I'm fairly certain that God does too.
Keep up the good work troops!