When Holy Spirit plans a wedding…

Shortly before we got engaged (as in the Saturday before…), I was sitting with Holy Spirit and felt challenged about the wedding details.  Yes, I am going to get very personal and real here for a moment: I am one of ‘those girls’ who has a secret wedding board on Pinterest. There. Confession made. It’s out in the open. Label me if you like, even dare to judge me, but let’s be honest – I am not alone. That morning, I felt Holy Spirit say we need to review all the images I had pinned and He began to question my choices – what was significant about each image.  Slowly but surely I started deleting pins, admitting how much significance I had placed on trendy concepts. Eventually I paused and simply asked Holy Spirit how He would style a wedding; I felt Him smile and pull in closer…

He showed me all the images I had kept of the flowers/ decor and kept using the word ‘Garden’.  I asked for a Scripture about a garden (no, my mind did not even think about the Garden of Eden) and He reminded me of a verse in Song of Solomons 4, where the Lover describes the Beloved as a ‘enclosed garden, a sealed fountain’ and then proceeds to describe several fruit and spices found in its midst.  This isn’t the first time Holy Spirit has led me to this scripture and He used the phrase ‘garden of intimacy (with Jesus)’ – that a Kingdom-marriage can only be built on the foundation of one’s First Love in Jesus; that we need to walk daily in that refreshing presence and intimacy with Him first… giving us strength and capacity to love our spouse. I knew instantly that this would form the foundation for our wedding… I just didn’t know how. Yet.

Cue Sylvia; my wedding floral decor creative genius (and amazing friend who has walked a path not only similar to mine, but has encouraged me and inspired me for a good 15+ years).  I had already felt I needed to ask her to create my bouquet prophetically, allowing Holy Spirit to guide her, so when Holy Spirit extended the idea to approach the whole wedding design from the prophetic, I was all in.  And so was she. I simply shared my heart (Pinterest Board), scripture and several key symbols Holy Spirit had said to include (totally another blog post all in itself), and left the decor aspects of the wedding in their (more than capable) hands. How very unlike me to give over creative control for a day I have spent years play-planning. I cannot begin to explain the freedom and joy it has given me – I know my wedding will be beautiful, but I don’t need to worry about a single flower colour or availability as I lift my eyes beyond the wedding to Forever with my (future) husband.  I get to become Marriage Minded, while Enjoying the Engagement.

I took Sylvia to visit the venue yesterday and we spent the afternoon/ evening sharing our Heart Journeys and allowing creative ideas to flow.  She had had a Holy Spirit revelation about a ‘Covenant Carpet’ – a literal mat upon which you pledge your vows that is custom created to tell your Love Story.  This then becomes a daily reminder of that day when we stood before God and friends and promised to give the best (and worst) of ourselves to eachother. I loved it. We spoke through various elements and symbols and colours that Holy Spirit has instructed to include in the wedding, while also including special details that tell our unique Love Story.  This morning we played.  And by that I mean, I moved furniture about and watched Sylvia do her thing: create floral magic. And then it was my turn to take the photo and play a little too…

Nope, I am not going to share the final product (yet). G gets the first preview… but I am so excited to stand upon our Love Story – in the Garden of Intimacy with Jesus – filled with Promises and Hope for our Forever Future.

And this is just the beginning of the wedding planning – I can’t wait to see what Holy Spirit has planned.

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Growing (closer) together

For as long as I can remember, my heart’s desire for my future marriage was to find someone who (after loving Jesus and dancing) would approach life as an Adventure – someone who stepped out in faith with courage and boldness, holding my hand tightly as together, we faced the Unknown, secure in our trust that God provides.  Its how I’ve always lived my life and knew I needed someone who would adventure alongside me…

What I didn’t realise when Holy Spirit drew G and I together was that is exactly what He had in store for me – a man who looked to God first, and who was willing to step out in faith when called to do so. And what’s more: God gave me an Encourager. G has this effortless ability to speak encouragement into any and every situation. Most of the time he doesn’t even realise how incredible his gift is – it comes to him so naturally. I stand amazed on an almost daily occurrence.

We’ve both started new businesses in the past couple of weeks, so we are very much stepping out of our little comfort zones and trusting God to lead us along these paths. [Quick shameless plug: please go LIKE G’s FB page – Selah and check out his online ordering system while you’re there… and yeah, happy stalking??]  On Saturday, I had to do an engagement shoot for a couple and on a whim, I invited G to come along… it was amazing having him with me, helping me climb rocks, holding me in place while I leaned over ledges to get ‘that shot’ – supporting me not only physically, but emotionally too. And I think for the first time I appreciated the extent of what (who) God has blessed me with: when joining our hearts together, Holy Spirit also joined our paths – our personal Adventures – to include one another. Although our businesses are very much our own things to grow and build, the other is always included and shares both the highs and the lows. We do happy dances for each step of faith the other takes (there was whooping when G began his FB page and there is oohing and aahing for every baby romper I sew).  But what’s more: when the one is lagging in faith or has a confidence wobble, the other is there to speak Life and Encouragement – to believe enough for both. We’re in it together. And its drawing us closer together every day; we’re learning not just how compatible we are, but how we have been created to complement eachother and bring out the best in one another – I guess we’re becoming a team.

I honestly do not know how my business is going to grow or what’s around the corner for either of us, but I am fully convinced that this relationship is from God and will be used not only for His purposes, but to His glory.  And I know that He will provide for both of us, every step of the way.  And every step we both take towards God, draws us closer to one another. Together, we have been called to a Life of Faith-filled Adventure and yes, I will admit there are moments when I feel completely overwhelmed at everything that seems to stand against our chances of success… but those moments fade in comparison to the awe I stand in when reminded of God’s greatness and faithfulness.  If he can create and co-ordinate our Love Story right in front of us (without us even noticing), I know He will continue to write it with as much Joy.

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