planning your marriage while planning your wedding: week 3 “in the balance”



“The way we achieve balance, my dear, is to consider prayerfully God’s priorities for us in this current season of life.” – Priscilla Shirer

Wedding planning is a season, let me tell ya.

In life, we will experience many seasons. There are times when we can focus on one thing more than another, when we can excel at one thing more than another. There will be seasons of singleness, seasons of working, seasons of marriage, seasons of babies… the list goes on.

There will be seasons when you can focus more on creativity, more on friendships, more on community. And there will be others when you must focus more on your spouse, your children, your family.

And, of course, there is this season we brides-to-be are in right now: The season of wedding planning.

At first I fought it. I didn’t want wedding planning to “consume my life.” I wanted to hire a full-time wedding planner so that I could focus on “what was important” – my career, my writing, my ministry.

However, what I have slowly come to realize is that wedding planning is important. I can look at this season as an opportunity to focus on planning my marriage while planning my wedding. How am I going to make decisions? How and I going to work together with Clay in doing so? How are we going to be financially responsible? How am I going to put God first and Clay second? 

I pray as I settle into the wedding planning routine that the Lord helps me to cultivate great practices for marriage in this season. He is so faithful. He is working when I am worrying. His constant provision is such a humbling reminder that He is in control and I am not. He will give me everything I need. And how often does He give me so much more than that?

As we continue planning our wedding, let’s continue planning our marriage. Let’s settle into this season, accept it for what it is, and trust that while we may desire more time to put our thoughts and focus elsewhere, God will use this season for His good and for His glory.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

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