Time to Rejoice

It’s about lunch time, Chason’s at a meeting and i’m sitting here supposed to be working but instead find myself a bit emotional and convicted.

I read a post that my cousin shared on her blog, and i started to cry. The blog was about a new thing she’s starting up called “Now Rejoice”; a post on her blog every Tuesday where someone will share how God has restored them. The scripturte she based it on is Psalm 51:8 “Oh, Give me back my joy again; you have broken me – now let me rejoice”.

So many things have been stealing joy lately. Work stress, wedding stress, and on and on. It’s those things that make us forget that we have indeed been restored and we should be rejoying instead of quarreling or stressing.

Both my husband and I have been through enough pain in our lives. We’ve been to that place where you cry to God and ask him to be your joy because you have none left.  That dark place of having nothing to cling to, and being complety lost and joyless.

But now, now we have been restored! Both of us are still healing from past scars, but we have been given back our joy! Where once our arms were empty, they are now filled.

Before I met my husband there was a day when I was crying to God for some comfort and clarity, and the scripture in Revelation 21:5 jumped out to me; “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true”.

I believe that was God’s answer to my confusion and pain. I make all things new. These words I speak are faithful and true. Believe them.

And He does my friends, God really does make all things new. The Lord has been faithful to both my husband and I in restoring us and our joy. We are starting are new life together, one that is full of joy and is a testament to God’s faithfulness and love. It is now time to rejoice in that! It’s time to cherish and laugh and be happy, because He has redeemed us and given us this time to rejoice in that redemption!

And this is what I am convicted about. I have not been rejoicing enough. And that ends now. That scripture will be a staple in our home, and from now on when things are stressful and tension builds, I will remember where we came from and how far God has brought us, and remember to rejoice in His restoration!

Take some time to visit my cousin’s blog These Happy Times and see what all this rejoicing is about! 🙂 

~Cecily

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Wedding Planning Madness…

These past couple weeks have been spent in wedding planning overdrive, and i must say, i am going a bit batty! Our wedding is 2 and a half months away (eek!), and i feel so unprepared! I’ve been planning for this day my entire life (not joking, i was “that” girl…you know,  the one who saved wedding photos since she was tiny for future inspiration for her “big day”…yeah…), and now that the time has come i feel like i’m running around like a chicken with her head sliced off.

I had a major wedding meltdown the other night…it was bad, just ask my husband (thank you honey for putting up with my crazy!). Between finding bridesmaid dresses that everybody likes, and budgeting, and calling cake places and flower shops and all of the above, i now completely understand why “Bridezillas” exists! It’s so true, i tell you!! These woman may not just be crazy on their own, it’s the wedding that drives them to act like a batty, fire breathing, raging mad wedding monster!! This i relate to this week.

(I wonder if i’ll look cute as a monster…hmm…)

All venting aside, we actually got some big things done these past weeks.

We booked our venue

I’m so happy with the place the wedding will be held at; it’s a beautiful and whimsy nature center in the town about half an hour out from my hometown, it’s perfect! Chason was actually the one to think of it, he remembered it from passing by when we were in Tx…i on the other hand having lived there my whole life never noticed it! ha! I don’t want to give much about it away but here’s a sneak peak!

I bought my wedding dress!!

Oh what a process this has been! I originally picked a dress back in March when i was in Tx. My mom and my sister were with me at this small little shop in the town over and the first dress i tried on was the one i picked…i loved it! It was such a beautiful dress with lovey beading, and it fit perfect. I had a wonderful time shopping with mi madre and mi hermana!

However, after months went by, i changed my mind on what kind of dress i wanted. I was looking for something more fun and spunky…this is how i feel with my husband so why not have my dress reflect that? Long story short, my mother in-law was sweet enough to come with me shopping this past Friday while i tried on six dresses. She really is a blessing, i would have had to go by myself if it wasn’t for her. It was such a fun experience to be taken in a dressing room and having different dresses be put on you! Love being the bride!! 🙂 And my mom in-law is very sweet and we had a fun time getting to know eachother better though the day 🙂

After looking for a while it came down to two completely different dresses, both i loved! Finally after discussing the options over a lovely lunch with my mother in- law i came to a decision! Sooo, i have my dream dress!!! I freakin’ looove it!  It’s fun and spunky like i wanted, and also has elegance and sexiness! And i’m so excited for my husband to see me in it! ❤

My passport came!

Chason booked us a honeymoon a couple months ago that required me to get my passport…i have no clue where we are going as he is keeping it a surprise and not even letting me ask questions! lol. All i know is that we are changing planes on another country! Epp! So excited!!! 😀

So, while there are still a million things i have to do (like make invitations, book a cake, etc) these definitely are some happy positive things that have gotten taken care of and hopefully those things (along with watching Bridezilla marathons because they are strangely comforting at this time) will help me through the rest of the wedding planning madness! If you have any helpful tips to deal with wedding stress please feel free to share! 🙂

~Cecily