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Brewing a Perfect Marriage

We took a lot from our wedding day. Joy, the love of dear friends and family, countless moments stored in our memories. Not to mention photographs and film that will preserve those memories and that day for years to come.

We also took away two Starbucks mugs, props used by our pastor to symbolize his four-point sermon. It was titled Brewing a Perfect Marriage…because, you know, we do love our coffee and our Starbucks

1. The true taste of friendship
2. The refreshing aroma of forgiveness
3. The patented logo of loyalty
4. The secret blend of faith

Psalm 127:1
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Ecclesiastes 4:12
And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not easily broken.

So when it gets hard (and it does!) and when it takes work (and it does!) these mugs, these points, these verses, serve as a reminder. To be honest, I don’t remember much else from the sermon other than it was relevant and really good…but I do remember one thing Pastor Dave said and it was to “race each other, be the first to make the other smile in the morning”. And I thought, I like that.

We still have yet to use these mugs for actual coffee! I don’t want to have to wash them and risk losing the words written on them. I’m not sure that there is such a thing as a perfect marriage, but I know that with the Lord as our center and the ‘builder’ it will be the best it ever can be.

  • Lori Cross - January 13, 2012 - 10:10 am

    Greg and I both appreciated that wedding sermon so much. We too, now race in the morning to see who first can make the other one smile/laugh. Greg wins more than me – but a great little game. Thank you for reminding me of that sermon again.

  • Cassandra Eldridge - January 13, 2012 - 10:15 am

    Loved this, Mikaela :)
    All the best to you & Shane.ReplyCancel

  • Jill de Bruin - January 13, 2012 - 10:58 am

    Love this post! It is so important to always be growing in your marriage relationship…and I loved reading what your pastor wrote on the doing family right website about the 4 pillars of marriage.ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Schroeder - January 13, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    This is so beautiful, Mikaela. I’ll be checking out your pastor’s site :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - January 13, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    Well, this is just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

  • shaina longstreet - January 13, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    i just love this post. it touched my heart. and the bit about racing each other to see who makes the other smile first is so precious. i shared it with my husband too. :) thank you for sharing your experience and your cool cups. :)ReplyCancel

  • LeolaK - January 13, 2012 - 6:26 pm

    Lovely post!! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Corinna - January 14, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    That is great!! Thanks for sharing. I remember going to a wedding that Pastor Dave did ages ago… like at least 10 years ago. The couple was really into Coke, so he did something similar to yours with two cans of Coke.ReplyCancel

  • jamie delaine - January 16, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    i love this idea. such a cool reminder.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - January 22, 2012 - 2:45 pm

    My husband, Haddon, and I have been married for a little over a year now. It was one of the hardest years ever!! Full of bumps and bruises but so much growth (slowly but surely). This was a sweet reminder of God’s faithfulness to us as we step back and see Him at work in the mess. :)ReplyCancel

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