My BFF Planned Her Wedding In A Week And Here's How It Went

My BFF Planned Her Wedding In A Week And Here's How It Went

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My best friend moved to Colorado right after college graduation. A few months after being out there her boyfriend popped the big question! Shortly thereafter she asked me a pretty big, and somewhat intimidating, question, herself: “Shannon, will you be my maid of honor?” Of course, I said yes, and I am so excited to help make her wedding the wedding of her dreams!

Her wedding is ten months away, but since she lives on the other side of the country and we have to battle a time difference, when she was home for the holidays this past week it was wedding central. You should have seen her schedule. Since this past week was most likely the last time she will be in town until the big day the challenge to conquer was to plan as much of the wedding as humanly possible in seven days.

She had her dress appointment, hair appointment, and makeup appointment. She also had scheduled meetings with the venue, photographer, and pastor. It was such a hectic week for her and it amazes me how she didn’t wind up looking like a chicken running around with its head chopped off.

While keeping her focus and her sanity, she was able to pull everything off. Literally, everything for this wedding is falling into place so perfectly. In one appointment we found her dress and all three bridesmaid dresses. Everything using flowers is completed; she decided to use silk flowers because they will last forever, and she and her mother tediously put together every bouquet, corsage, boutonniere, and several of the centerpieces. Plus, she has already picked out all the hairstyles for her bridal party as well.

If you ask me, in order for this amount of planning to happen so smoothly, every star, moon, and planet had to be aligned for this amazing couple! Cheers!, to the future Mr. and Mrs.

Cover Image Credit: Photo by Ivan Cabañas on Unsplash

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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