• Life as a Wife,  Wedding

    Wedding Bibles: More Than A Symbol

    I think I have mentioned in previous blog posts that I am a sentimentalist. Like many women, I am very fond of little trinkets, tokens, and keepsakes that evoke a flood of special memories. I save almost everything that has any remote significance. The items I hold most dear are the mementos intricately linked to my husband and the relationship God built between us. My wedding dress and veil, cards and love letters from him, an impressive collection of dried roses and petals. Dozens of little shreds of paper that probably look like garbage to others, but are actually sweet notes written on napkins or ripped corners of notebook paper…

  • Life as a Wife,  Wedding

    Why We Don’t Wear Wedding Bands

    We broke a cardinal rule of society. We did not exchange rings at our wedding. Most people do not dare to ask why, but we get some funny looks from time to time. I do not doubt the absence of such a “fundamental aspect of marriage” is very perplexing to a great number of people. No wedding bands on the fingers of a happily married Christian couple? I’m sure more than one has thought “You people are not normal.”   So what were we thinking? Some may assume it is because of possible ties to pagan rituals and roots in magic. To be truthful, I have never looked this up…

  • Single Girl

    A Single Yellow Rose – A Reminder to Keep God First

    On Valentine’s Day 2012 I found the token of a promise in the presence of a single yellow rose sitting timidly on my desk, crowded by piles of ministry-related work. Prior to its appearance in my overly cluttered office I had been a single girl, in my twenties, struggling with the same general fears that plague any single girl’s heart. Let’s face it. As strong as we try to be, sometimes that road is harder than what we allow others to see. I loved my life, the people in my life, and the work that God had set before me. I sought above all, to lead a godly life abandoning…

  • Wedding

    Wedding Details – 5 Things I’m Glad I Changed Last Minute

    You know how they say every girl has been planning their wedding from the time they were little? Well… not me. I may have occasionally thought about who my bridesmaids would be, or how many I would have or what colors I wanted, but, other than that… it was the farthest thing from my mind.  But, when Mark asked me to marry him and I began planning in full force… it was SO FUN. The majority of the wedding was DIY since I like to be creative. We pulled it off on a minimal budget (less than $1000) and I do not feel in any way that our wedding was…