My beloved spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.”
–Song of Solomon 2:10
We have been blessed to be part of five weddings over the past twelve months! There are too many joys to list, but here are some highlights:
- having the couples over to our home for premarital counseling sessions after our kids are in bed, sharing & praying together, often late into the night
- discussing: what is God’s purpose for marriage, anyway?
- getting one-on-one time with both the bride & groom, to get to know them more deeply and care for them individually
- premarital counseling is a great way to remember how much God has matured our own marriage, and weddings are a great time reminder of God’s covenant love!
- watching the love grow between our children and these couples. Braedon was twice a ring bearer, and Carissa was asked to greet guests at one of the weddings.
- and finally, watching Bryan pronounce them “husband & wife!”
The verse above is the one Bryan had engraved on the inside of my wedding band nearly 17 years ago (by grace!) As we recount God’s many blessings to us, I are reminded His gifts are rarely for us alone, but intended to also be a blessing to others.
Hopefully the photos capture just a hint of the great joy we’ve had in being involved in ministering as a family to these younger couples. I love hosting brunch Bible studies in our home, meeting up with the individual women on campus by text, email or in person, as I’m able — as well as mentoring couples.
I feel like the blessings are all mine – but I know that’s not true! I trust God is also blessing YOU richly for your partnership in these things. None of it would be possible without your support. We remain deeply grateful.
Yours in Christ,
Please join us in the following praises and prayers:
- Praise God for the privilege of being involved in the lives of young couples. Pray that God sends more our way!
- Praise God for the Grace Prescriptions course we’re using in our bible study brunches. Students are learning to share their faith with peers and patients in their everyday, secular contexts. One student decided to pray with patients just two days after our first session!
- Praise God for a great Graduating Student Roundtable, where our students interacted with practicing professionals about issues they’ll soon face upon graduation.
- Praise God for a medical student who came to Christ at an Easter service! God used the witness of the Christian community, and getting hit by a bus (he’s alright now), to lead him to faith.
- Pray for our campuses as leadership transitions are taking place. Pray for us as we assist them through the transition.
- Pray for us as we spend more time developing our ministry team. There are so many opportunities that we need more laborers to take advantage of all that God is doing!
- Pray for the many personal interactions with students God is giving us in person, over the phone, email and, increasingly, via texting.