By: Tim Sader
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)
It was great getting to spend Christmas with my fiancé and her family. We got some nice gifts that we wanted but just being together was all we needed. On His birthday, Jesus though He wasn’t what people wanted; He proclaimed that He is what we need to be fully refreshed. New Year’s we spent apart because we couldn’t stay in town that long. We missed that midnight kiss again so I decided to send her a giant Hershey’s Kiss instead. For a while wedding planning was on hold after an upset over the dress and the holidays to get through. That year we had a lot to do and the first order of business was coming up with a plan for our wedding. We considered planning everything on our own but Sammy’s sister-in-law Laura offered to be our wedding coordinator and that worked since somethings we couldn’t without help. This trip to town would include our meeting to discuss the details of our wedding coming up in April. We still didn’t have a wedding venue because none of the places were right for us. Sammy had a dress and someone to customize it to fit her and work with her chair. At our meeting we discussed guest lists and who we wanted in our wedding. We decided to invite 40-50 people each in hopes for around 70-80 guests. Each of us wanted four people standing with us, a ring bearer and flower girl. The colors we wanted was plumb colored dresses and guys in silver tuxedos with purple accents. We chose to have her bridal party wear cowboy boots and me and the groom’s men wore grey skater shoes to represent our different tastes in music. We wanted to have a bridal shower, bachelorette weekend, bachelor party and rehearsal dinner. Music was very important the wedding party walk song was Give Me a Lifetime, Bridal walk was Marry Me by Martina McBride and our unity candle song was A Living Prayer. The exit song was Cinderella by Daughtry, first dance was Golden by Lady Antebellum; we had father daughter, son mother and money dance songs. Laura and her family did all the catering; we had lasagna, salad, bread, and brownies at rehersal dinner. We had appetizers before dinner of pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and green beans at the wedding. The cake was offered a friends mom but when we finally booked a venue the cake was included so we did that instead. We had 5,000 dollars, we hoped to save some but weddings are expensive and having a bar put us near our budget.
Making plans helped that day be a success and dispite a few mishaps everything related to our wedding was great and we had a lot of fun. When we make plans it is important for us to include the Lord in that process because He is the one who establishes them. He wants to fulfill the desire of our heart and make it so that our plans are successful (Ps. 20:4). This is why commiting our plans to Him is important so He can establish us. We may have many plans in our heart but the purpose of the Lord will prevail (Pr. 19:21). Would we dare to obscure His plans without being able to know everything the way He knows it (Job 38:2)? God knows the plans He has for each one of us. His plans are not bad; He wants to prosper us, not harm us and He will give us a great future (Jer. 29:11). This doesn’t mean He will give us anything we want like some kind of genie. The world gives us certain circumstances that will bring out the plans of God inside of us but it is our job to do the work necessary to accomplish them. The plans of the diligent will be profitable to us just like rushing everything and being impatient will lead to poverty (Pr. 21:5). I think this is why important dates or events are planned six months to a year in advanced. We waited about as long as anyone ever should to plan a wedding but after our engagement we started comparing ideas. Everything was not written down but we knew what we wanted and somehow the Lord helped our wedding plans fell into place.
Lord help us to be people who are willing to make plans so that our lives have a good profit. The best laid plans are the ones that you have made for us so help us to commit our ways to you so that your plans prevail. I ask that we would not take it upon ourselves to get in the way of your plans without knowledge to back it up. Lord we are getting out of the way by commiting our plans to you so that you can establish them and make us successful in whatever we do. In Jesus name, Amen.
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