Here Comes the Bride Part 1

Wedding season has started and I can’t help but reflect on the journey to our wedding day. More on that next week in Part 2, where I share a powerful message about grace and the value in waiting.

Back to today’s message. We recently reread the book The One: An Amazing Love Story Starts With You by Ryan and Amanda Leak. While this book is applicable no matter what stage of life you are in, I highly encourage you to purchase this book for any upcoming weddings you have. There are many memorable points in the book, but today I want to focus on creating a vision or mission statement for your family.

When you hear vision statement you might associate that with businesses only, but the same principles apply to your marriage and family. This statement is the foundation from which all your decisions are made and reflects what is most important to you. It relates to your values and the heart of who you are.

Creating a mission statement may not seem necessary when you just got married and life is great. It can still be helpful to have at that point in life, but it’s extremely vital to have when life is difficult, things don’t go as planned and your waits are longer than expected. During those times, go back to your mission statement to guide your family through whatever situation or circumstance you are encountering. It allows for reflection and evaluation before moving forward with any decisions.

Our vision statement is based upon the Bible verse Romans 5:1-2 and represents what our relationship is all about, GRACE. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.”

Grace is the foundation of our marriage and ultimately what brought us to our wedding day. We’ve gone back to this verse countless times during our infertility journey too. Why? Because we needed to be reminded of who we are and what we have in Christ.

You might be asking, how do I create a vision statement for my family? Ask yourself some of these questions:

  1. What is most important to you and your family?
  2. What sort of things do you spend your time and money on?
  3. What do you value?
  4. What do you enjoy doing?

Combine the words or phrases into a paragraph and BAM! Place this in a frame, on the fridge, your bathroom mirror, or wherever you will see it as a reminder. Your vision statement will be specific to you and your family based upon your story and life experiences. It may change or need to be updated with the seasons of your life, but you will always have your vision statement to go back to.

Does your family have a vision statement? Share below!

Reference: Leak, Ryan and Amanda. The One: An Amazing Love Story Starts With You. WaterBrook Press, 2015. Print. 

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