Friday, November 8, 2013

New Experiences

10/5/12 Getting married in the Chapel

This may seem weird, but I'm really enjoying growing with Chris as husband and wife.  After 13 months of marriage I'm finally getting comfortable, and used to my "wife" role.  After being single for so long, and accepting I would happily live my life as a single person, this whole "couple-dom" has been a concept I've been trying to get used to over the past 13 months.

Chris and I are growing in our church family, and it is such a warm and welcome change.  Recently we were even in the "We Care We Give" campaign video for the church that was shown at all 5 Sunday services.  Over the past few months we've spent more time with Pastor Ken, and the musical director Joe.  We've gone to our first church outing, and soon we hope to join our first small group.  It's been such a blessing. 
Last night we went to our second church "thing", at a group dinner (at Buca di Beppo - YUM!).  This coming Sunday is Consecration Sunday, where the church will ask about ways you can give.  We were invited to come and pray to help the church in the numerous ways you can give.  And to pray that other members will give whatever they can as well.
It was a big group, and a lot of fun.  We were asked to sit by someone we didn't know, and to get to know them and learn about their faith journey over the past year.  I sat next to Elaine who has been a member of the church for 18 years.  It was such a fun opportunity to get to know so many members of the church, and to hear part of there stories.  At one point everyone was able to introduce who it is that they got to know, so you truly got to meet everyone in the room.

On the drive home after dinner, Chris and I were talking about the night, and I voiced my excitement, that this is the first big thing that we are doing as a married couple.  Growing within our church, and creating this church family.  He too was so excited, and was able to see that even though we were there as a couple, we were still individuals having separate conversations away from just each other.  Bev, who introduced Chris acknowledged Chris' faith journey, and how it's been full speed ahead.  She pointed out that he didn't really grow up in religious family or household, and prior to belonging to Broomfield United Methodist Church he had never officially belonged to any church.  Chris pointed out he had never it looked at it that way before, but realized how true a statement that was.  Then I told him how I was concerned way back after he proposed that he wouldn't want to get married in a church, but how after proposing and talking about our wedding, it was his idea to get married in a church.  And how that offering, was just another one of the many reasons I knew he was the man I was meant to be with.  (I had seriously thought I would have to do some major convincing on my end to get to him to want to get married in a church.) 
It's crazy how planning our wedding, and getting married in a church, as blessed us with so much more.  Who knew that when we found this church to get married in, we would be blessed with a growing relationship with God, create a stronger married foundation, meet and connect with so many nice people...this list goes on and on...?!  We truly feel so blesses, and excited to continue our faith journey and grow as a married couple.

I love new experiences, and last night was a special highlight for me.  As it was a great experience to feel a special growing bond with my husband. 


Emily Foley said...

That's so great. If there's one thing I know, it's that prayer makes everything better, even marriage. I'm glad you guys have found a way to fit God into your marriage.

Andrea Ryall said...

It’s amazing to think that married people without Jesus in the middle are able to make it right? So happy to see your faith growing and that it has in turn brought you and Chris together in a deeper way. My church recently did a giving series which I thought was amazing! I know we both have been working so hard to be financially responsible in the way God wants to see so I thought I would share my favorite message from the series. It is for real hilarious and really resonated with me so I hope it will do the same for you. Enjoy!!

Andrea Ryall said...

wow.... here is the real link!