I am participating in the 31 Days of Free Writes October challenge. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. (Confession: I *may* not be able to resist spell-checking!)
Today’s prompt: Invite
When I invited my friend Mary Jane to be my entire bridesmaid party of one, I walked down to her office, said “will you stand up for me at my wedding?” and that was that.
Wow, how things have changed. Many of the brides I know these days prepare elaborate “bridesmaid proposals” (here’s an entire Pinterest board full of them!).
I definitely think brides should have fun with their bridesmaid invites, but I am personally a bit more basic. (I also probably belong in the “my unpopular opinion camp” for not being a HUGE fan of over-the-top gender reveals, but again — it’s not my baby (or money).
When it comes to our spiritual lives, it’s easy to be casual about how we give God access to our hearts, minds and spirits. I will admit lately it’s been a bit of an afterthought.
But if a prospective bride can put together an entire gift box with cute wording, a monogrammed wine glass, and a coordinated ensemble of goodies, along with the love for a friend that comes with the invitation, maybe I have in that a blueprint for how I should invite more divine moments, and more honesty with God, into MY life.
(I also must admit the “invite” prompt has now inserted “Just as I Am” as an earworm into my head. Thanks, Southern Baptist upbringing!)
The sweetest invitations in our lives do warrant a little extra prep time and bells and whistles. Once they are accepted, it’s a long-term deal.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.