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I’m Getting Married Next Week!

I know I’ve said it already, but I’m getting married next week!!!!!!! Have I ever told you how we met? I shared the short version on our wedding website, michaelandkenlie.com, but I thought I’d share it here too since this site is permanent.

The end of 2015 was a time of change and growth for Michael and me individually. In early December I told God that I was tired of hearing myself whine to Him about wanting to be in a healthy relationship with a Godly man. I said to God, “You know my heart, and You gave me these desires. I’m surrendering them to you right now. This is not my biggest prayer anymore. I want to fulfill your purpose, and so be enough for me. Satisfy me.”

The next day Michael walked into my church for the first time. I didn’t meet him that weekend, but over the next few months I would greet him on Sunday mornings when he walked in.

In February we both joined a Bible study group, and a few weeks in I jokingly admitted that pizza had been my Valentine that year. Later during the same group he mentioned that pizza was his Valentine that year as well. After the group I went to talk/flirt with him because he’s handsome and because he understood my pizza story, and a friend interrupted us for a moment.

She came to me and said she needed prayer I said, “Okay, let’s pray now. Michael, do you want to pray with us?” He said, “okay,” and now we pray together and get to watch GOD do amazing things all the time.

I’m so thankful for the lady who wanted to pray with me that night. I’m thankful that the cute guy from church asked me to have coffee (even though he doesn’t even drink coffee,) and now I’m thankful that I get to be his wife.

We’ve served together, led small groups together and spend time with our friends and family watching movies or playing board games. He loves to eat the foods I cook, which is a great way to get me to continue cooking for him. He’s disciplined in areas that I’m not, and I’ve helped him loosen up in areas in which he’s too rigid. We complement each other. We’re good for each other.
I can’t wait to pray with him, laugh with him, go to sleep with him everyday and enjoy our friends and family with him for a long, long time.

He’s sensitive, loving, respectful and godly, and I love him, and I’m so thankful for God’s perfect timing. I’m thankful that He worked in us and prepared us for each other, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend my life with a man who works hard, fights for resolution instead of fighting to win and whose loyalty to God and to me is already evident in our lives.

Seriously, friends…This is such an exciting time for us, and while I’m gushing about how thankful I am I have to say that I’m thankful for those of you who have listened to me and encouraged me throughout our time here.

Thank you for being here. I’m really looking forward to the next chapter…


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    May 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Happy & excited for you both!!! Sent you something from your Target registry, but I don’t know how it shows who it’s from, but it goes along w/ your love of baking…from your Wilton Instructor friend 🙂

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    May 25, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Of course I am SO happy for you both!!
    I felt confident you would meet the love of your life someday, and I’m so thankful it is now.
    My son is getting married this Saturday. I have you written in my planner, and will be thinking of you on your special day! It’s almost here!! Muah! XO Chrissy

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    May 25, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Oh, & I cannot wait to see the photos!!
    XO Chrissy

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    May 25, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Enjoy this wonderful time

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    Toni Martin
    June 2, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Rejoicing with you in God’s marvelous provision!!!! What a story you have to share about God’s perfect timing!!!! May God be glorified in each of your lives and in the ceremony that unites you two that, through the mystery of God’s of His power, has ordained that in marriage 1+1=1 in Him forever. May He bless and keep you!!!!

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