Wednesday, April 20

Reminiscing: to indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events.  my beautiful bridesmaids.
Yep. Reminiscing. If you have already had a wedding, are currently planning a wedding, or have watched a friend fret over planning her wedding then you know how much it entails. There are so many little details that must be hashed out. Here is my advice... it really doesn't matter. I honestly don't even remember. All I know is I felt SO unbelievably loved, I felt beautiful, and the night ended and I had been transformed into Mrs. Thompson. I look back at pictures to jog my memory and help me remember exactly what everything looked like and exactly how I felt... funny, huh? Something that consumed my life for several months, you'd think I would have savored every last second of it. Nope. I remember the night ending by me being forced to run through a tunnel built by all my friends and family leading us out of the reception hall. All I could think is, seriously? It's over? Why didn't someone warn me? I wish I would have worn a watch (although, that is ridiculous), or a big countdown clock hanging somewhere.

Apparently we had a good time, uh? Like I said I like to look at these to remember to help me reminisce the day, that is said to be the, "the best day of my life". When else will we ever have a circle of people around us singing "Don't Stop Believing"? The answer- only at your own wedding. It's just not something that happens in real, everyday life.

This day was beautiful. It is my favorite day to date. The pictures were beautiful too, they help to capture the feeling and the atmosphere of this . I felt like I need to keep up with my posting. This is what has been on my mind. and what a great opportunity to show off our beautiful wedding, and the great work that our photographer did. When the wedding is 4 months past, you don't get to show wedding pictures anymore. The comments stop coming in on facebook, and I'm left looking at them reminiscing on what a great day it was.

Monday, April 18

Exactly 4 months.... and counting

Today has been exactly 4 month since mine and Jeff's wedding. My how things have changed. We got married on December 18th, 2010. We still have yet to experience comfort in our new life together. Immediately following our wedding we began praying for the Lord to reveal to us if going on Young Life staff in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina was what would glorify him most with our marriage. The answer we got was undeniable and Jeff accepted the position as area director of Hilton Head Island High School and Bluffton High School. The whole process is revealing so much to us. Not only has marriage been an adventure of itself, but we are going to embark on another journey. 

I could not have EVER dreamed of how appropriate the title of this blog was going to be and how accurately it would describe my life. I love how the Lord was working in my heart MONTHS ago. Preparing me to encounter new seasons, and reminding me that He will remain constant. 

As I've started to journey through the season of marriage, being a wife, and pursuing holiness, another journey is waiting not so far off. A journey of the unknown: leaving everything we know, leaving everything that is comfortable and pleasing to us, leaving our communities, family, fellowship, leaving the future we foolishly started planning. We are leaving what we started to call home behind to go and be missionaries in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Obviously, it's not a terrible place to be sent, and we're definitely not complaining. 

I am 4 months into one new season of beauty. And eagerly awaiting another. As I wrote in the title of this blog, "The beauty of entering new seasons of life is that there will always be one constant through it all." How mind blowing is that? That no matter what twists, turns, or loops our lives take... there is ONE constant. This really can't be misunderstood, it is imperative to the Christian life. 
I was reading in the BIble today, a friend suggested that while I'm "bored" on Spring Break I should study 1 Peter, so I am. Peter quotes from Isaiah... 
"All men are like grass, 
and all their glory is like the flowers
of the field; 
the grass withers and the flowers fall.
but the word of the Lord stands
1 Peter 1:24-25

but the word of the Lord stands forever! This is the only constant that I have. When we are moving our entire life this summer everything around me will be different and unfamiliar, except the Lord and his Word (and Jeff, of course). What a great reminder. I know that in 4 more months, when I'm shaken and my world is rocked, I'm going to humbly look back and remember these words...