Wedding Bells Will Be Ringing

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Wedding Bells will be ringing!

Wedding Bells will be ringing on Saturday evening! Please lift a prayer and a toast to the bride and groom as my son Matt marries Lyndsey this weekend.
Were they trying on this "relationship" thing or committing to each other? I pray their marriage is a cherished covenant; that through good and bad, thick and thin, they hold onto and uplift each other, standing together, side by side, in love and loving each other.
Were they trying it on or committing to each other? This momma wanted to know when they got serious about each other. The good news is they have committed! I pray their marriage is a cherished covenant; that through good and bad, thick and thin, they hold onto and uplift each other, standing together, side by side, in love and loving each other.
Would you like to know how precious Lyndsey is? She asked me to carry Kyle’s portrait down the aisle – yes, a portrait of the son I lost 10 years ago. Why? Kyle introduced Matt and Lyndsey – and she wants him “there” too. I pray we put Kyle’s portrait on an easel behind Matt – to be there beside Matt like his best man.
I thank God for each one of you who encourages and prays for me and my family. You are loved.
 
Most importantly, you are loved by our mighty God.

God Is Love

7-10 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.

11-12 My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!

13-16 This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.

To Love, to Be Loved

17-18 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.

19 We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.

20-21 If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.

1 John 4:7-21 The Message (MSG)

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17 thoughts on “Wedding Bells Will Be Ringing

  1. What a great lady your son is marrying to be so concerned about the whole family… even those who cant be physically present. Blessings to you as your family expands!

  2. Congratulations, Susan! What a wonderful time in a mom’s life–to see her son marrying such a sweet young lady! I love that she wants to carry a picture of your son, Kyle, as she walks the aisle! And congratulations on your book too! I saw the good news on FB! Praying you and your family continue to be blessed!

  3. Susan,
    How wonderful! Praying your family relishes every moment this weekend and then I hope you’re going to GMS next week so I get to see you??? 🙂
    Have a blessed weekend!
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

  4. Susan,
    Congratulations! Enjoy this wonderful celebration! How tender and loving that your daughter-in-law to be wants Kyle to be right there in the midst of all your love. Gives me goosebumps. He is there and will be looking over all of you with love. Enjoy the day….
    Blessings to all,
    Bev xx

  5. <3 I love your tender heart for their marriage! Can't think of a better person to point them to the One who is faithful to guide them through life's up's and downs! Blessings to you and the happy couple!

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