Tomorrow my husband will have the honor of marrying two of our former youth. Yes, this makes me feel very old that we have kids that went through our youth group that are old enough to get married!!
Thomas and Tiffany have been dating almost as long as Ric and I have been married......this summer in July they had been together for 7 years....7 years people! They were just young 'uns when they started to date....Thomas had just gotten saved that year and Tiffany had finally moved out of her middle school, blue eye shadow days. They were so cute back then.....and somehow I always knew that it would end this way. With her walking down the aisle in a gorgeous white dress....Thomas looking regal with his perfectly placed hair...and all of us crying because they have seriously grown up before my very eyes!!
I am proud of this young couple. They have, in my eyes, lived a dating life that honors God......if I ever write my book on purity...which Lord willing, one day I will.....Thomas and Tiff may just have to be on the cover!! They learned in our youth group basic principles on Purity and how to date in a way that would honor God. Teaching this to youth has been a passion of mine for so many years...I just love to do it.....but it does come with heartache. I see way too many girls mess up....give in.....cave.....conform to the world....and yes, I blame myself some. Did I not teach them right??....could I have been clearer??...yes, those thoughts go through my mind....but they won't tomorrow! Nope, not one time. Tomorrow I will revel in the fact that they got it....that it stuck with them.....that they applied God's word to their dating lives....and I will cling to that for a while!!!
I will enjoy tomorrow.......I am pulling out my inner Truvey(you know Steel Magnolia's), and helping fix hair in the morning at the gorgeous Inn that they will be married at. I will yell and holler at the bridesmaids and groomsmen to stand in their spot and to listen to me since I am the coordinator(just kidding....I won't yell)! I will watch my handsome husband stand in front of these two young adults that he has loved for so many years and marry them! And I will praise God for using these two "kids" in my life for the last 9 years.....and for letting me see that sometimes....just sometimes......it really does stick!
I love you Tiffany and Thomas.......congrats...best wishes....you are finally getting married!!!!!!!