Always faithful

I will be sharing pictures of camp soon, but today a story is just bursting out of me. A love story.  The story of a sister of mine who waited a very long time for love.

She played the cello at my wedding at the age of 13, maybe even then dreaming of the day she would walk down the aisle.

She grew up and began life. She attended friend’s weddings and more sisters’ weddings, doubtless always with a question in the back of her mind. A wondering when her turn would come to fall in love. To find a partner.  Her own soul mate.

Her 20’s went by and she kept waiting. Wondering. Striving for patience.

All the while she led a busy and mostly happy life. Productive and active and adventurous and faith-filled. Except for those moments late at night when she wondered if she would even get to fall in love. Ever get to walk down the aisle into loving arms. Ever have the chance to establish a family with a man who adored her.

She was resolutely, determinedly cheerfully. Determined to find joy in exactly what God had for her future, whether it be single or married. But there were times when that good cheer was hard. Because she wanted a family of her own, plain and simple.

Why is such a simple dream so hard sometimes?

And then last winter a blessed, wonderful miracle happened. My dear sister met the right man. Her man. The one she’d been waiting for all along but didn’t know it.

Turns out he’d been waiting too.

They fell in love.  He proposed.  She said yes.

And today. Well, today is their wedding day. At the age of 35 my precious, beautiful sister is a bride. Today I get to go and cry my eyes out for her. Rejoice with her. Praise God on her behalf.

Because God is good. All the time.

Great is His faithfulness.

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  1. Congratulations to the happy couple!

  2. Your sister is marrying Dennis Quaid? (Kidding of course, but am I the only one who sees the resemblance?)

    Beautiful story, and wow, what a beautiful smile she has!

  3. I was 34, too, when I was married – it was a long wait. But so worth the wait. Congratulations to your sister. :0)

  4. Awww… I have a soft spot for brides who marry a bit later in life because my own parents were 32 and 36 when they met and married, and my brother was also 36 (his bride was 30, I think. And yes I should know this).
    What a GREAT smile your sister has.
    Congrats to them both! Wishing them a long and happy life together.

  5. How wonderful! I got married when I was 28, had my first child at 31 and then my second child at 35. Wishing the happy couple a day filled with love and precious memories!!!

  6. Congratulations to the happy couple! I have a special place in my heart for older brides because my college roommate married at 35 and my two closest friends friends married at 37 and 39. Blessings to them as they begin their life together!

  7. That’s SO awesome!!!
    And I thought I had it bad not meeting my husband until I was 26! I’m so happy for her!

  8. Congratulations to the happy couple. I found my one and only when I was 45 and he was 47. Some of us take a bit longer but find the right one in the end.

  9. Congrats to her! Wishing them a beautiful life TOGETHER 🙂

  10. This has nothing to do with weddings, but I thought I’d let you know that I have read your book, and also passed it along to a friend, and I plan to review it on my blog some time soon.

  11. That’s wonderful – we need to remember that there is always hope in God’s plan. A friend of mine waited for love until she was over 30, and now she has a wonderful hubby & a sweet daughter just a few months younger than my son! 🙂

  12. What a beautiful love story. Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. Well I’m just crying for joy – I married young and it was NOT what the Lord wanted in my life but one lives with the consequences of choices. Now in my 60’s – married to a good, godly funny active man who loves the Lord and me – in that order! Bless your sister and her Dennis Quaid double (I see it too) – and bless you for sharing with us – doggone it – just bless everyone Lord because Love and being united as a bride to her groom was Your plan all along!

  14. what a wonderful story.

  15. I am one of those still waiting……stories like this do give me hope, but some days it is still hard to wait. (I’m 33)

  16. Awesome and beautiful reminder of God’s ever-present faithfulness. Just what I needed to hear today! Thank you for sharing!

  17. What a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing that beauty to us all!

  18. Aww. Congratulations to them!

  19. Great post! I loved this story. When I needed the smile I came here and got it! Thank you so much for the wonderful news!!

  20. I love a good love story, and this one is so special. Have a wonderful time at the wedding.

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  22. Oh, how this made me cry. Many, many blessings to your sister and her man.

  23. I love it 🙂

  24. How wonderful. They both look very happy.
    Congratulations!

  25. What a wonderful, wonderful story! Congratulations to them. Thank you for sharing this today.

  26. A beautiful story. Your sister and her husband look so happy, as they should. What a wonderful thing.
    The sister of a dear friend of mine found love last year. They both (bride & groom) had waited so long for the person God had chosen for them. They married very shortly after the bride’s 40th birthday(last summer)…and had a son this month. God is so good.

  27. Congratulations! Happiness is worth waiting for, thank you for sharing!

  28. Bekah’s smile is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!

    What a lovely post, Mary!

  29. What an awesome pic, Mary! And he’s really smiling! Nice work 🙂

  30. “All the while she led a busy and mostly happy life. Productive and active and adventurous and faith-filled.”

    Thank you for noting that your sister was living life while unmarried. I’m single and hate hate HATE the implication that I should be sitting around awaiting the man to come make my life “complete.” No one knows what God intends for their life, single or married. I’m happy with my life as it is and only find the bitterness creeping in when married women look down and inform me I’ll truly be happy/satisfied/complete/etc when I have a husband.
    Your sister sounds amazing and I hope she enjoyed her day to the fullest!

  31. Ron and I both cried when I read this post to him. And our photogenic Bekah – isn’t she just gorgeous?! Dennis Quaid – yes, I think I can see that too. How fun. I hope Bekah reads this.

  32. Newlywed sister says:

    Mary, today is one week since my wedding, and this post made me cry! God’s Faithfulness IS never ending, and I’m so thankful that He kept me waiting for the right man… Marriage is wonderful, and definitely worth waiting on God’s timing!

  33. This post made me tear up. A friend sang that song for my husband and I at our wedding five years ago. God is good.

  34. My daughter like your sister is living a good life but she really wants to marry and have a family. Can I ask you how your sister met this very nice man? Thank you for any help you can give.

  35. Sweet. I waited too. God is faithful, on HIS timeline. Not ours.

  36. Larissa says:

    My sister passed this story on to me, as I am 29 and waiting for a husband. What a wonderful reminder of God’s goodness and faithfulness! It makes me look forward to the day when I can share my own love story written by our loving God.

  37. Shauna W. says:

    I love this sister of yours! She played cello at my wedding, too, and I am so thrilled for her…what a precious article you wrote about her–and the Lord and His every good and perfect gift! 🙂

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