Sunday, March 23, 2008

A prayerful bride

Dear ladies,

With only two days to go before the Big Day, what I mostly have in my head right now are incoherent bits of thoughts, such as "oh, my!"; "it's really soon"; "I can't believe it's actually happening"; I would love to take some time right now to dedicate to deep and serious thoughts about marriage - but somehow, words fail me. All I can do is pray, fervently pray for my future husband, myself and the new home we hope to build together; pray for love and kindness, faithfulness and devotion, good health and provision for us and any children God in His grace will give us.

An exciting part of our new life is moving away from the city into a rural area, something my dear chatan and I both look forward to. We rented a little home in a lovely, beautiful place, with future prospects to settle there permanently. Our home is still mostly bare and empty, and there is so much work to do before we can say we have really settled in - but I'm looking forward to every moment of it. What can be more exciting than a completely new and fresh start together?

I thank you so much, dear friends - those who have been faithfully visiting this little corner of the web ever since I started blogging a year ago; those who dropped by for the first time only a few months or even weeks ago; and all of you, who have been so kindly and generously thinking about us, praying for us, and writing to me to express your loving wishes! Thanks to all who offered their support and priceless friendship.

I do hope I will be able to get back to blogging (and upload wedding pictures!) soon enough - exactly when, I cannot say, since we don't have a computer and internet connection yet. Whether this takes a week, two weeks, a month, or more - I know I will dearly miss hearing from all of you. What a privilege it has been to share my joys and trials with all of you. I have been amazed again and again, seeing your sweet generosity and loving kindness.

I will finish for now with a liberal translation from Hebrew of the bride's prayer, which I will say on the day of my wedding:

"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. And it is said: "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."
God, woman and man You created, You gave them a pure soul and wrote Your holy name in them. God, listen to the voice of my prayer.
I, the bride, stand before You today, ready and willing, in holiness and purity, to enter the chuppah by the Law of Moses and Israel; I raise my prayer before You, my God and the God of my fathers, who forgives the sins of His people of Israel, to forgive us all our sins and bless us, as it is said: "and He shall love you, and bless you, and multiply you, and blessed will be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your earth."
Let this hour be an hour of mercy and a time of willingness before You,
Amen.

63 comments:

Rachele said...

Dear Anna,
Many prayers in these most exciting days! I can't wait to see pictures!

Peace,
Rachele

dessi said...

hi i am so happy for you, may the Lord bless you and keep you and may he give you peace. I will miss you but i am looking forward to your new life and new posts.

C.A. Worcester said...

I am so excited for you Anna! I have been thinking of you and my daughter and I both have been saying "Only 4 more days until Anna's wedding!", "Only 3 more days......". It is pretty neat to be able to sort of share your wonderful marriage day with you and all the others on here.

May God bless you Anna, for your change of heart. To follow Him and make your life around Him. May God bless you and your husband in all you endevor to do and may He bless you with many, many children to fill your house with laughter and love. Nothing compares.

Many *HUGS* to you beautiful Anna. I am so very happy for you and with you.

Shalom,

C.A. Worcester

P.S. Anna, I would like to create a piece of art work for you....so, when you have some extra time and are settled into your house, please e-mail me and we can figure out what you would like and the colors you enjoy. I would be very honored to do this for you! :-)

Jaime said...

Prayers and happiness sent your way. Have a beautiful wedding & can't wait to hear of your new lives together as you work to fulfilling God's plans.

Elizabeth said...

Dear Anna ... *HUG*! I am so excited for you and your beloved chatan! I'll be thinking of you and praying for you on Tuesday. Blessings to you and your dear chatan, dear friend - and love to you, Anna. Enjoy this wonderful and precious time! xx

Shelley said...

God bless you and your soon-to-be husband:) These next few days are the days you will remember when you are 90 years old, God willing. I hope you have the most wonderful wedding and I can't wait to see the pictures:)

Green Eyes said...

I know I haven't been posting much, but I have been stopping by, and thinking of you often. Starting a marriage is so beautiful! I honestly don't remember nearly so much about the ceremony/reception as I do walking into "our" home for the first time. I will always remember that moment, and hope your first moments home will be just as sweet.

Anonymous said...

Anna,

Best Wishes on your Wedding to both you and your Dear Chatan.

We (your fans) will be there when you are able to return, but we want, more than anything, you settled in your new home.

Mazal Tov!

~tamara

jen said...

Such an excited time. Wishing you all the best and many blessings. Can't wait to see some photos-

Seashell / Chelsea said...

Best wishes and God bless you Anna! I'll be thinking of you..Do try to get back on blogger as soon as possible...I'll miss your blog!

Lauren Christine said...

Many blessings, Anna!!! Enjoy this wonderful time, and treasure it in your heart. I *loved* starting anew with my hubby- what a joy filled, peaceful time. I'm so excited and happy for you! I can't wait to see pictures.

Serena said...

I'll be praying for you during this wonderful time of you and your new husband getting to know each other even better and settling in together. You must be sure to share photos of your new home when you're able to, as well as your wedding photos! I can hardly wait to see! Congratulations, and may God richly bless your marriage!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna,
I pray that G-d grants you all the joy and happiness that a bride deserves, many happy days with your dear chatan.
May your marriage be blessed with many children.
I have so enjoyed your blog. You are a delightful and refreshing writer. Thank you for the time and effort you have put into your blog.
I look forward to your return to the blog world.
Jen in OK

Lillian the Ponderer said...

Oh, dearest Anna, how much I pray that you will have a blessed day and will, together with your dear chatan start a joyous life together. What an exciting time it is for you. I will look forward to seeing you when you get back online and hearing your account of the big day and seeing the pictures. Until then may God's blessing rest upon you and your chatan.

Anne-Marie said...

Anna, I pray that the day of your wedding is the best day of your life. And I pray, too, for many long and happy years for you and your chatan.

Like every one else here, I look forward to seeing you back and having a peek at your wedding photos.

God bless you!

Tracy said...

I look forward to your return. Best wishes to you and your groom!

Karen said...

What a beautiful prayer! God bless your marriage! I can't wait to see pictures!

Kimber said...

The day is nearly here! How wonderful, how blessed, how exciting!!! I will look so much forward to reading the posts that are to come in the future here on your blog, Anna.

Wishing a lovely wedding, much joy, abundant shalom, and a happy marriage.

I will keep peeking in, anxiously waiting for a post that will tell about the wedding and to see those wonderful pictures. Enjoy those precious days of settling into your new nest with your beloved!

Praying that you and your young man are blessed abundantly in the days to come,

Kimber

Michele @ Cherish the Home said...

How exciting! I wish you and your soon-to-be husband many blessings.

~Michele

Michelle Potter said...

What a beautiful prayer for a beautiful time in your life. God bless you.

Lady-in-the-Making said...

GOD BLESS YOU BOTH, ANNA! I am so excited and thrilled for you. Having been married 21 years, I can tell you it has been the singlemost greatest blessing of my life. Mazel tov!!!!

Sheila said...

Anna I will be praying for you and your new bridegroom! I'll miss reading your wonderful blogs. May you grow in love and be fruitful.

Sheila

Asia said...

I am so happy for you. Pray that all will be well with you and your future husband.

Andrea said...

Anna,

I find that I've been counting down the past few days for you as well! I can't even imagine how excited you must be, and I hope and pray that this will be a time of contentment as well as excitement for both of you; that you will capture and experience each and every moment to remember and treasure for years to come. Blessings on your marriage, Anna, and on the new home you'll build together. I wish you both every joy!

Much love,

Andrea

neuropoet3 said...

Anna,
I am so happy and excited for you! Thank you for sharing part of your prayer with us - it's like being given a little "glimpse" of your wedding - and it's a beautiful prayer. :) I will miss "seeing" you when I stop by to visit, and I hope it doesn't take you too long to find your way back to the blog-o-sphere. :) But I know that time has a way of passing more quickly than we originally plan, so I just want to let you know how much I've appreciated sharing thoughts with you. May God bless you and your husband in the new life you are beginning together. I pray you will have many years of growing and serving together in love. May peace be with you...

Blessings and prayers on your special day,
~Jenny

Leanna said...

Please know on your big day that you are in all our thoughts and prayers.

Sammybunny said...

Oh, Anna! I am SO escited for you! I truly do hope that the Lord God will bless you and your future husband! I will be praying for you both! What an exciting time for the two of you (and all of your friends in blogland!) I do hope that you get your internet up and running soon so that we can all hear how you are doing!

Terry said...

Have a wonderful and joyous wedding day, Anna. Enjoy your new life and when you return, we'll be here! Blessings to you.

andrea said...

Blessings on you both! What an exciting time of life! :)

Maggie said...

Yeah, the big day is nearly upon you! I hope you have a lovely day, filled with much peace and happiness.
Mazel Tov!

Sherry said...

Your wedding is hours away by now. I'm praying and holding you close in hardt. May your wedding day be blessed and may the precious nature of it all touch others in a poignant way, dear Anna.

Bless you sweetly as you marry.

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AnneK said...

Wish you both a happy and blessed married life!

Annie

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Have a wonderful and joyous wedding day, Anna. Enjoy your new life and when you return, we'll be here! Blessings to you.

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elena rulli said...

I've known you through your blog only for some weeks, but I will miss you very much.
If I could pray, I would pray for you and your chatan, but since I cannot, I will send you my love and my sincerest wishes of happiness.

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful prayer, Anna. All of us here, my husband, three children, & of course I, wish you the very best...a wedding day filled with joy!

blessings,
Brenda

ruizbe82 said...

Oh, Anna! What a beautiful prayer! What a beautiful thing to remember and proclaim the Lord's promises.

"Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation], And by knowledge shall its chambers [of every area] be filled with all precious and pleasant riches." (Prov 24:3-4) May He fill your house with His wisdom, His understanding and His knowledge.

Mazel Tov!

Leigh said...

Anna, I am more happy for you than I can possibly say! Enjoy this special time...and tell us all about it when you get back. I am praying for you all.

Many Blessings,
Leigh

Kathleen said...

Anna, may God bless you and your chatan with many rich blessings. I hope your wedding and marriage are beautiful and filled with His presence.

You two will be in my prayers!

Buffy said...

I hope your wedding day is beautiful and full of meaning and that you have a wonderful life together.

We will all be waiting with eagerness to see you back online again and posting photographs.

Anonymous said...

Many congratulations. I wish you and your dear Chatan all the best.

Kelly said...

Dear Anna, You and your dear fiancee will be in my prayers for a wonderful day. God Bless you both!
I can't wait to see photos too. I will agree with the poster above. I also have clearer memories of stepping into our new home together more than the wedding ceremony.
Kelly

Bonnie said...

I pray that everything will go well, and I look forward to your return to this blog! :-)
Have a wonderful day, and all of God's blessings for the future!!

A Young Lady In Waiting said...

Please know on your big day that you are in all our thoughts and prayers. I wish i could be there in person!

Carol said...

Dear Anna: Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. I pray for God's blessings upon your marriage.

Mrs. P said...

I'm a new visitor, but wanted to say congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Married life is a truly wonderful blessing. May you both enjoy many years of love together!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna,

I hope all is well with you as well as your family and especialy your chatan! This is my first visit to your blog and I truly thankful and honored the Father was gracious to me to read it at this exciting time in your life. May Yahweh bless and keep you and your chatan in your married life. All the best to you! You will be in my prayers.

Blessings and Peace to you!

Sincerely,

Angela A.

Anonymous said...

Anna! It's your wedding day! I am saying a prayer for you and your chatan early this a.m.

May God bless both of you today! I also hope to see pictures when you are able. :0)

Lisa in ND

Emily (Unfurling Flower) said...

Happy wedding day, Anna! :D How exciting! May this day be a most beautiful day, and the beginning of a loving, fruitful, enjoyable marriage! Blessings and love, Emily

Bethany said...

Many blessings on your wedding day! I've been praying for your joy and your marriage. I'm excited for you that the day has finally arrived!

Lady-in-the-Making said...

Just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you here on the other side of the world today on your blessed wedding day, Anna! I'm so excited for you!

Swylv said...

Mazel Tov! I just learned the significance of getting married on the 3rd day of the week...congrats!!

Mrs. Bethany Hudson said...

Congratulations, Anna! God's grace and blessings be with you and your new husband as you build your home together.
~Bethany

Sherry said...

Well I guess you know what all the 'mystery' is about now! Don't forget now that you are married you can do 'it' three times a day.

Exspectantes said...

Prayers for you Anna, this day as you enter into the marriage covenant!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna,

Congratulations! I have been married for 3 years and love it! I love my husband now more than I did on our wedding day. May G-d richly bless you.

Ruthann said...

Hello dear! God Bless you as you commit your life as a helpmeet to your husband! How exciting! I just found your blog and was delighted! You are truly a wonderful maker of the home!
Please come visit me at my blog sometime! I have been married almost 30 years, mama of four and I love to give homemaking tips!
warmpiehappyhome.blogspot.com
Have a happy honeymoon!
God Bless,
Ruthann

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see pictures! Congratulations!

Shannon

Wendy WaterBirde said...

Praying for a blessed wedding for you Anna, but most of all for a lovely and blessed marriage for you both : )

Many Blessings : ) Wendy

Mrs.KAOS said...

My Prayers are with you on such a wonderful day. May God bless and keep you and your new husband for generations to come. Best wishes and congratulations.
~Kate

Jeannine said...

Praying for you, Anna, and your husband as you start married life together! I'm sure the wedding was special and meaningful and you had a great time. I'm looking forward to hearing about it and I'm so exited for you.
May God bless you abundantly!

Anonymous said...

I wish you the best Anna! I've been visiting your blog for about a year now, and it's so inspiring for me. Thank you! Hope to see wedding pictures soon!

Suzie M. said...

Anna,

So happy for you! I love your blog and your wisdom. I wish I'd had the same wisdom when I was your age. Can't wait to see wedding pictures! God bless you and your new husband.

Mazel Tov!

Andrea said...

Anna,

I am so happy for you. I have learned so much from reading your blog and you give me hope :) I can't wait to see pictures!!

Andrea