From the Groom

She's barefoot, He's snacking...only 3 months into it.

She’s barefoot, He’s snacking…only 3 months into it.

The World we live in is very large.  It’s abundance of life and beauty leaves us all in awe.  Everyday we are blessed with the freedom to journey in it.  In this grand journey we pursue a multitude of different things, some power, some wealth and some fame.  Of all these things, we as humans pursue and convert, nothing in this world is more important or valuable than the grandest prize of all, Love.

From the days of the Greek city states, where the beauty of Helen launched a 1000 ships, to the spark I felt when I first laid eyes on Morgen Reynolds, Love has proven time and time again to be the most powerful force in the universe.  With all that said, it should be no shock that once I was presented with just a mere taste of that precious commodity, I jumped at the opportunity to thoroughly explore it.

Mo and Ed in Colorado

Colorado, his family, 1 year later

So now here we are, a year later looking back on the path we have forged together, realizing we have not only bettered each other’s mind and character but also our heart and soul.  We have captured that mystic creature, sought after by many, and plan to do nothing short of spending the rest of our lives cherishing it as it grows and spreads in our lasting commitment together.

I love you Morgen Lee Reynolds, and may God continue to bless our union and those around us!

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A Year for Love

What is...

What is…

It was just over 1 year ago, sometime last spring, when I started desperately praying to God to show me what “love” was.  I felt like every love I had encountered came with conditions, wanted me to change, or didn’t actually find joy in me as a person.  I feel like our generation has no concept of how the verb “love” plays itself out once the noun “love” is claimed to be possessed.

 “Love you!”  “I’m totally in love with your shoes”, and “Dude, you brought wings?  I love you!”  have somehow diluted the concept and I was completely and unashamedly searching for what LOVE should actually look like.   How could I, as a friend, daughter, pastor, and maybe one day wife or mother, ever show love to others if I didn’t understand it myself?

Well, God has been answering that prayer…and I mean Answering! 540920_575454823370_1655214684_n I never in my wildest dreams imagined that God would choose to show me an example of His deep love for me, by sending Edward into my life.  I was just expecting some type of text-book definition to appear in my mind and then I could explain that to people.  But here are some things about True Love, Christ-like love, that I have learned this year.

  1. Love is a choice
  2. Love is an overwhelming and undeniable 
  3. Love sees the very best in you, even when your actions don’t show it
  4. Love hurts
  5. Love heals
  6. Love sees the future with hope and a smile
  7. Love forgives easily
  8. Love challenges what feels wrong
  9. Love fights for what is right
  10. Love tells you who you are on the inside
  11. Love brings out your best
  12. Love shows you your worst
  13. Love makes you choose the high-ground to keep it
  14. Love takes delight in every little detail of you

I’m so blessed and fortunate that I get to live this experience with Edward Rishi Szall.  I know he must be hand picked because no one else could be this tailor made for me.  We gush, we challenge, we affirm, we debate, we cry (or I do),  and we marvel at all that this life has to offer.  He reminds me of who I want to be.  Praise the Lord.