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Wedding dress shopping with Jesus

Ever since I’ve been a Teenager I loved to dive into the world of weddings with all its glamour and romance. Every now and then I would buy a bridal magazine and loved looking at the various dresses, the wonderful flower arrangements, table decorations and everything else. I began to imagine what my wedding would be like one day. One day I found my absolute dream dress in one of those magazines; I must have been 18 or 19 at the time. I cut the picture out and put it into my Bible to keep it safe and hide it there. From time to time I would take the picture out and take a moment to dream of my wedding and the wonderful dress. After that I would put the picture back to its place.

Quite a few years went by and I was sometimes anxiously wondering if my big day would actually happen at all… And now it is almost here and I’m so happy about this wonderful guy who has been gifted to me by my Father in Heaven.

When Tom proposed to me and we set a date for the wedding I wanted to make sure that one of the first things I took care of was the wedding dress. At the beginning of the year I visited a wedding fair together with a friend of mine who is getting married this year, too. We gathered a lot of ideas and I took a leaflet from one of the booths that advertised wedding dresses.

Bevor I went there for the real appointment, I wanted to go there and have a look how the shop presented itself. It didn’t look very promising. I prayed and asked Jesus to show me in which shop He sees my wedding dress. There are so many bridal shops to choose from and I didn’t really want to run from one to another and try on 100 different dresses, only to find that I still didn’t know which one I liked. I still had this picture of “my dress”. Well, Jesus showed me very clearly that my dress would be found in the not very promising looking store.

To be honest I doubted this and arranged an appointment with another store initially. I went there together with my Mom and took my little picture with me, too. We had only just entered the shop and were almost still on the door step when my enquiry was brushed off with the advice that this kind of style (a dress with arms) is not in fashion at present. Allegedly everyone wants to present their arms and shoulders naked. I was told that I could maybe let a Bolero with the dress. But that didn’t come in line with what I had in mind. At the end of the day it was meant to be “my dress” and the one I would feel the most comfortable in.

We bid the shop farewell and made a spontaneous trip to the other shop which Jesus had shown me and which I didn’t have any hope for at all. We had no agreed appointment with them and it took us a 30 minute trip through Rush Hour traffic to get there. We arrived short before they closed and were asked to take a seat for a moment.

Moments later we were told to go and have a look at the section which presented all the wedding dresses to the customers. It was really very small. And right there it was! “My dress” was hanging there, slightly different than the one on my picture, but it is my dress. I tried it on and love it immediately. We also found the suitable accessories fairly quickly and they fitted very well, too. Both my Mom and the shop assistant were very happy. And the best thing – I had a 30 % Spring discount as well!

This experience has shown me once again that I can trust in Jesus to make everything perfect. Even when I have a different perception of the outward circumstances, His plan is coming together and beginning to work when I trust HIM – HE knows the whole picture!

And now I can’t wait to wear this wonderful dress very soon.


The wedding suit

Another story from the God cares category:

I’ve been looking around for the right wedding suit for a few weeks and I was considering if I should hire or buy the suit. The arguments for hiring were mainly financial as the hire appeared to be much cheaper. However, it would have still been a substantial amount. It felt wrong to spend a considerable amount on a hire outfit, only to give it back after the wedding. That’s just like throwing money out your window.

Therefore, I decided to look around for purchase options that were within my price range. I found that Marks & Spencer sell suits on their website that were reasonably priced. And despite not being too expensive, I still knew the individual items wouldn’t be made in sweat shops. I went to the shop in Cardiff and they didn’t have them there. I was told they would only be available to order online.

I had some great customer service in the men’s clothing section and got to try on some standard suits from the same range the wedding suits would be from. This helped to find out the right sizes for the jacket and the trousers as well as the shirt.

At the time I would have been able to borrow the money from someone and buy the suit. I was expecting some money from shared of the company I work for and would have used that to pay it back. I was close to making this decision, when I had the impression that God was telling me to wait as there would be a sale on men’s clothing very soon.

About 4 weeks later I received an email from Marks and Spencer that announcent 20 % off on all suits. So I thought to myself that this wouldn’t include the special wedding suits. But I went online to check anyway. By that time I still didn’t have the shares money, but expected it the week after. And yes, the wedding outfits were included in the offer! YES! Awesome!

Corrie was so kind to give me the money until the week after and I ordered the suit, went to the shop to try it on and it is a perfect fit. I absolutely love it! Funny thing is, my favourite part of the whole suit are the cufflinks.

I’ve saved quite a lot with this deal and I’m glad I listened to the still voice inside of me and waited. I’m really looking forward to our big day!