Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lucky 7

Hi readers!!  Today is a very special this calls for a very special post. I am taking a break today from the couples bible study and reviews and all that good stuff.  (Plus I need to start reading a new book to review ha ha).
Today is K and I's 7 year anniversary! I am big smiles today. I can't believe 7 years ago we were in Pigeon Forge, TN and getting married. We live in South Louisiana, but after doing a lot of research and we learned how much a big wedding would cost, we packed up our stuff and drove 12 hours to Pigeon Forge. We saved so much money and had the best wedding and honeymoon ever! We brought our immediate family with us along with a couple we were very close to (we had stood in their wedding.)  So for this post I thought I would have fun with a few lists of 7s...I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed this post! It brought back some great memories!

7 Pictures from Our Wedding:

Our chapel :)

After we were married...we were so happy 

We love to take goofy pictures...the photographer had lots of fun with our crew

Me and my beautiful bridesmaids (that's my sis on the right)

And our groomsmen caught red handed writing on the car (brother is on the right)

7 Interesting Facts about Our Proposal and Wedding:

1) I didn't cry. I got asked if I cried when he proposed or if I cried when we got married. Nope. I am not an emotional person. Something really has to catch me off guard to make me cry. I laughed for the proposal. I was so happy he finally had done it!

2) He wanted to surprise me for the proposal and got our friends (who came to TN with us) involved. I thought we were celebrating the fact that they were expecting! (which I later found out was a trick and not true!) They even had a list of baby names picked out!

3) K not only asked my dad for my hand (do guys even do that anymore?), but he also asked my mom and step-dad.

4) Our wedding was nontraditional, but I was very adamant about K not seeing me in my wedding dress until the wedding. He didn't know what it looked like until that day. 

5) My something borrowed and something old was a bracelet that my grandma lent me from my great-grandmother and my wedding dress was my something new...however, I did not have a something blue. I forgot!

6) It snowed the day before our wedding. It was beautiful the day we went to check out the chapel and it just started snowing. I believe that was the angels saying, Finally! 

7) We spent the evening of our wedding day with our family in their cabin, listening to music, talking, "cutting up" (as we say here) and playing pool.  We stayed until midnight and had a blast!

7 Things that make K and I's marriage Rock Solid:

1) Christ Jesus- we pray together and rely on Him to make our marriage great

2) We make time to date each other

3) We laugh a lot (sounds so simple...but it really helps to laugh at each other)

4) We make time for our own interests

5) We respect each other and trust each other

6) When things get really crazy and we are both stressed...we take moments to just lean on each other

7) We hug, say I love you, and kiss daily (this is really huge, readers.  It seems simple but it is so important to do this daily!)

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Couples of the Bible 2-Zacharias and Elizabeth

Good morning everyone! Sorry for the little has been busy. A little insight into our I have mentioned I work at a program for young children and was working with 2 year olds. I have very recently changed to 3 year olds. I miss my old class, but I love the 3 year old age. They are very energetic, but so eager to learn. K is also facing change at work and in our off time we have been getting ready for new bedroom furniture, which I am very excited about.

Last Monday I spent time studying a new couple after K and I did a bible study in Luke. Luke is a gospel I have never studied before. It's very interesting because he was a doctor and is the only writer to record John the Baptist's birth. Which brings me to our couple for today: Zacharias and Elizabeth, parents of John the Baptist. I studied Luke 1:1-25.

Zacharias was a Jewish priest and his wife Elizabeth was from a family of a priestly line. After doing a little research, I learned because Zacharias was a priest, he was expected to marry a woman who was of a priestly and religious family. Both were righteous people in God's eyes; it wasn't just out of obedience but it came from their heart.

Elizabeth was unable to conceive, so they prayed all the time for God to give them a child. Being childless was actually viewed as a curse. An angel appeared to Zacharias and told him in verse 13-15 that Elizabeth would give birth to a son and he was to be named John.

Let's stop for a minute and talk about faith.

God answers prayers...just in his own time. I think that is one of the most important lessons from this couple. I had a funny lesson with that before K proposed. Of course at the time it didn't seem funny. I prayed and prayed for K to finally take the big step. I knew that God had brought us together and I knew K was the one I wanted to spend my life with...but I had been waiting 6 years. So I kept praying. I even tried to take matters into my own hands and gave K an ultimatum. Not one of my brightest decisions...let me tell you. The crazy thing was we had talked about getting married...we loved each other so much and I knew he wanted to marry me. But God had fun with me. In 2006, I had told K that I wanted him to propose by June. What was I going to do? Nothing...I had no intentions of taking serious action. I was just so tired of waiting. I thought it might scare him. K proposed on July 8th, 2006. The point of this story is if I would have just trusted God and put my faith in Him, everything turned out ok. I wouldn't have had to put us through that. I learned a great deal about my faith after that test and changed my way of how I handle decisions. I have put my full faith in Him when I am faced with something. And K and I both trust Him when we face something as a couple or pray about it until we get an answer. 

So back to our couple. Zacharias made a mistake also when the angel told him about the pregnancy. He doubted and wanted a sign of how he could know it was true. God responded to his doubt with the consequence of Zacharias being mute until the baby was born (vs 18). Even the most religious people have doubts...but it is how we handle those doubts that matter. 

Something I found really interesting was when Zacharias came out of the sanctuary, people waiting for him realized he was mute by his signing. My question was...why didn't they think he was crazy? After doing some research and reading, I learned he was highly respected and they just knew he had received a vision. That was pretty amazing to me.

Let's talk about Elizabeth for a minute. When she realized she was pregnant, she went into seclusion for 5 months. There isn't a documented reason, but because of their faith it is believed that it was out of reverence to God. 

"How kind the Lord is!" She exclaimed. "He has taken away my disgrace of having no children." (NLT vs 25)

Since being childless was seen as a curse, she was so happy God answered her prayer. Although Zacharias doubted, because of their age, they never gave up praying for God to give them a child. 

This couple teaches a lot about faith and how to have faith as individuals and as a couple. They continued their devotion to God by following through with naming the baby John, although the family wanted to name him after Zacharias, which was customary. 

I hope you enjoyed this study as much as I have! Until next time, have a good night!