Making Herself Ready

After four bridal gown shopping trips, the dress is ordered! As you may remember, our daughter Kelli got engaged in August, and since then she and I have been buzzing with all things bridal.

The dress, in fact, was the first thing we buzzed off to find, searching high and low, near and far. The shot above is from a Tulsa trip in August, and Tulsa was where we found ourselves again this past weekend. Kelli tried on her dream gown one more time just to be sure, and with oohs and ahhs echoing from all standing nearby, she made her final decision. Moments later, I handed over my credit card, making my little girl’s dream come true. Being mother of the bride definitely has its perks :)

I hope I don’t sound like I’m bragging, but Kelli is going to be a beautiful bride. I can’t wait to see Jake’s face when he sees her coming down the aisle on their wedding day. For you see, she’s making herself ready for him. I’ve seen and heard it time and again the past couple of months — she has him in mind.

I’m thinking today of another bride as well. The bride of Christ — the church. If we are believers, that includes you and me. To what lengths are we willing to go to make ourselves ready for Him? Are we buzzing with all things eternal as we await the day He comes for us? Do we have Him in mind?

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see His face…

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:7

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  1. She IS going to be a beautiful bride. Enjoy every moment as you prepare for the big day. It’s a blessing and thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. Being the mom of two daughters makes me smile all the more at your bridal posts…I know this day awaits me, too, and I look forward to it!

    Oh, the day of that bridal feast, when we behold our Groom face to face.

    Oh, that day.

  3. Kristin and Kelli, I can hardly believe that I have two daughters as beautiful and smart as both of you. We should all be thankful for your mother’s genes! And, on top of
    that, I have a handsome, smart, soon to be, two handsome, smart sons-in-law. Mom and I were infinitely blessed with the birth of you girls. To see how God has worked in your lives, has simply blown me away! All of you continue to keep your focus on THE LORD, and I know HE’LL do things in your lives which are unfathonable.

  4. A beautiful parallel, Cheryl. I know you can’t show us the dress now, but one day soon! I imagine you have lots of reasons to think about being the bride of Christ these days. I look forward to more “gleanings” along these lines.

    On another note, sorry about your recent rejection (I read about it on facebook). No matter; someone will see its worth and publish it forthwith. You are one terrific writer, friend.

    Blessings and peace to you all this weekend! I look forward to being a mother of the bride someday down the road.


  5. How wonderful! I remember searching for the perfect wedding dress, and when I found it… what joy. My wedding was one of my parents’ and my fondest memories. Such a special day.

    I pray you all will cherish these memories for a long time to come. Keep us posted on the details!

  6. Good stuff, Cheryl! I love the way you’ve brought it all together.


    p.s. and Dad’s comments about made me cry…and I’m not even kin to y’all! :)

  7. It’s OK for you to brag on her. You are her mother after all. Liked the way you teased us with the picture of her holding on to several dresses.

  8. What a beautiful bride! And you’re right, we need to be as excited about our groom and our wedding day as any bride.

  9. Kelli will be a beautiful bride!!! And we’re excited to have a new brother-in-law in the family. Thanks for your comments, Dad. We’re blessed to have you and Mom as our parents. You have seen us through so much and continue to do so constantly.

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