Last weekend we had the privilege of attending a bridal shower for our dear friend Amanda Neely! The four of us Stelzl girls were able to drive to Andrews NC for a special time of celebrating with friends, fellowship/catching up, and a short but very sweet visit!
We arrived in the late afternoon, and went along to help set things up at a nearby hotel where the party was held (the Neelys are friends with the owner of the the nearby Hampton Inn!). It was nice to see familiar faces as the guests arrived, and also to make new friends!
Jessica Neely hosted the party for her sister, and did a wonderful job (with the help of all her wonderful family members ) decorating and putting all the details together. Everything was lovely .
Kathryn made the cake – it was orange flavored, with pink frosting. Didn’t she do a beautiful job!?
We played a fun guessing game, involving 20 mysterious brown packages. Each person had an opportunity to feel, smell, and write down what they thought was in the bag. There were three prizes, for those who had the highest number of correct guesses.
It was a joy to see many younger girls and even babies attend with their mothers and older sisters. We live in a day when children are thought of as a nuisance and a burden. How encouraging it is to see mothers who fear the Lord and His calling for their lives; mothers who love children for the blessing that they are, and devote their lives to loving and raising their little ones to become mighty warriors for the Lord.
Jessica asked my mom to prepare a devotional, some thoughts/testimonies from her marriage, and a charge for Amanda as she prepares to be a helpmeet to Matthew. I was reminded how often and easily I take for granted the blessing of a wise and Godly mother. She challenged us all to see marriage from God’s perspective, and to be serving-loving-giving partners/future partners .
What a BLESSING it is to celebrate with the Wilkes and Neely families! The pure, true love of Christ is so evident in their lives – through Matthew and Amanda’s commitment to save their hearts for “the one” (each other), through the way they waited patiently on the Lord and then received their parent’s blessings to enter into courtship, through the way they interacted and went about growing their relationship – first spiritually, then emotionally, and later physically (after marriage)… these are two families, and two young people committed to the Lord first, and then to each other. Their relationship is truly a beautiful shining example of what true love looks like (not what our world has made it up to be) – Christ-like love. We are excited about all that the Lord will do through these two, as they enter into marriage and continue to serve the Lord and others – together!
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her…she will do him good and not evil all the days of her life…favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised…” (Proverbs 31)
“That…the young women…be sober…love their husbands…love their children…discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise…sober-minded. In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of a contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you…” (Titus 2)