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Joe and Josephine

by admin on June 20, 2013 in Reception Traditions with No Comments

The crowd went wild, following Joe and Josephine’s lead at cheering for the bride and groom. I don’t know how they got the two bears there, but I suppose there is always someone who knows someone who is the mascot.

There was nothing more perfect for this particular couple’s wedding celebration than bringing in two beloved symbols of cheer and victory from the couple’s mutual past (and it definitely beat shirtless guests with the bride and groom’s initial painted on their chests in blue and gold body paint).

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The Sweet Christian Bride

The Timing of a Thank You

by admin on June 18, 2013 in Purpose, Thank You with No Comments

With wedding gifts, some brides and grooms don’t open them until their wedding, in which case they wouldn’t write thank you notes, even for gifts received months before the wedding, until after they are back from their honeymoon. Guests will be patient and will accept the rule of thumb that brides and grooms have a year to write all of their wedding gift thank you notes.

But do keep in mind what a thank you note is for. It is a note of gratitude that not only helps to keep you humble and aware of your blessings, but it is also an opportunity to tell your guests that you appreciate them—not just their gifts, but also them. It’s a sort of love letter.

The Sweet Christian Bride
The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: Psalm 90:12

by admin on June 16, 2013 in Faith, Relationship, Thought for the Week with No Comments

Lord, my life is but a blip compared to eternity. Give me an eternal perspective in my marriage so that I could endure the dark times and always find worth in my daily sacrifice. Help me to live with a wise heart that cherishes each moment of my life as an opportunity to know You better and to share You with others, especially in my marriage. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

Receiving the Vows

by admin on June 13, 2013 in Relationship, Rings, Vows with No Comments

Receiving love from someone, even in moments when you don’t want to, is a strong statement of trust, humility, and gratitude. Receiving your spouse’s promise to love faithfully, especially in moments where you might not clearly see it acted on, is an even stronger statement of faith in God to uphold the promise in all circumstances.

With both the wedding vows and the ring vows, consider taking the time in your ceremony to acknowledge and receive the commitment your spouse is making to you. You can add a spoken acknowledgment that your guests can hear or you can make it a private look in each other’s eyes or a squeeze of your hands that is just between the two of you in order to say, “Yes, I receive your promise for our marriage.”

The Sweet Christian Bride
The Sweet Christian Bride

Marriage from Prayer, Letter 3

by admin on June 11, 2013 in Faith, Purity, Relationship with No Comments

One of my favorite things about you is that you put Christ before everything.  You pray for me and I hear the words my heart longs to receive.  Your voice is the instrument of our Lord.  Such sweet breath.  Such lovely words.  I am amazed that you, being so sweet and lovely, have chosen me to be your husband.  How grateful I am.  How wonderful you are.  How beautiful.  How excellent.  

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The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: Psalm 90:17

by admin on June 9, 2013 in Purpose, Thought for the Week with No Comments

Jesus, You are more glorious than I could ever imagine. Your sovereignty reaches beyond where I can see. Your wisdom is more profound than I could ever comprehend. Forgive me for knowing all that yet keeping control to myself. I desire to control the process, and I desire credit for the results I yield. But I know in my heart, my control barely scratches the surface of Your purpose. Help me to do Kingdom work in my wedding planning, that all of my efforts would be for You, and help me to release the details to You so that You might perfect my efforts for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

Mother of the Groom

by admin on June 6, 2013 in Family with No Comments

After the wedding, the groom will likely keep connecting with his dad in ways that males do, but the wedding is sort of the official last time that he will connect with his mom as her son.

He will always technically be her son, but not having any brothers or grown sons of my own, I had never before considered the dynamic of grieving the relationship change of a son while simultaneosly celebrating the relationship gain of a daughter-in-law.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

This is Beautiful

by admin on June 4, 2013 in Relationship with No Comments

I began learning the hovering feeling once we said “I Do.” It’s one of refinement without pressure to succeed. One of raw vulnerability concealed in grace.

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The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: Psalm 107:1-3

by admin on June 2, 2013 in Guest List, Thought for the Week with No Comments

Heavenly Father, You do not mess up when You bring forth circumstances, and You do not mess up when You prevent them. I can’t fully see the great plan that you are orchestrating, and I don’t always know what You hold back when You are preventing something; all I know is how I feel about what I perceive. I confess that it will be very hard for me if (name people) doesn’t/don’t show up to the wedding. Will You please gather those who are supposed to be there and help me to trust that those who can’t come are somehow in Your will for not being there? In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Sweet Christian Bride
The Sweet Christian Bride

Song of Solomon, Sexy and Sacred

by admin on May 30, 2013 in Ceremony Traditions, Scripture with 1 Comment

Friends of mine were so moved by Song of Solomon that they chose passages from this book as their wedding ceremony Scripture reading. They stood next to each other, with the Bible in front of them, and read to each other—in front of the congregation—the words of the lover and the beloved.

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