Beyond the Happily Ever After…

Seven weeks ago today we said our ‘I do’s’ and walked off into the sunset…

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So now what?

We have been incredibly lucky – the adjustment to married life has been a fairly effortless one. Sharing our space and finding the balance of daily life routines (and negotiating the toothpaste cap, toilet seat and other petty issues) hasn’t proven difficult at all. As I say, we’re lucky in that way… so to make things interesting we decided to throw our lives upside down and start not one, but TWO new businesses – because why not? What else do newly weds do with all their spare time..?  Oh, and Garth has enrolled at UNISA to take on a short course for 2019.  Its quite exciting.

But what’s closest to my heart is Hello Love Events.  I have had the idea brewing in my spirit for well over six months and we put it off to focus on getting the wedding organised, but now that that’s over, we felt the new challenge could be faced.

As a single in her 30s, I found it exceptionally hard to meet new people and even easier to stay cocooned on the couch at home.  It was an unhealthy cycle.  And to be honest, as much as I loved my married friends, many spoke to me about meeting single men but none ever actually did anything about it… sorry to those reading this… yes, I know God had a plan and Holy Spirit has written our Love Story quite clearly, but. The more I have thought and prayed about this issue, the more Holy Spirit has laid on my heart the deep loneliness of Christian singles in churches across the city.  Hello?? If we preach ‘family’ why are there so many desperately lonely single 30-somethings sitting on couches over weekends with nothing to do? Not okay. And that’s the need I felt Holy Spirit lay on my heart: create opportunities for singles to meet, have fun in a relaxed environment and simply build relationships with other Christians, outside of their usual church circle… and so, Hello Love Events stepped out in faith, developing a Facebook page (because if its on Facebook, its Official…) and arranged our first Singles event in February.

We kept the event simple and fun and were amazed at the response – people were so grateful that somebody cared enough to arrange something.  It was a small step, but we are looking at building slowly and surely, trusting Holy Spirit to lead – as He has every step of our relationship so far… I don’t know where this will lead, but am trusting it forms part of a bigger picture that Holy Spirit occasionally gives me glimpses of.  Its not much, but its a start and we’re both hoping that as we step out and share our own Love Story, we will start hearing other Holy Spirit written Love Stories too…

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