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#Happilymarried: 300 Words of Advice from the Newlywed

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Today my hubby and I celebrate 1 year of marriage! Yassss, shout out to us and our love! We did it, only a lifetime to go <3! Over the past year, I’ve posted countless pictures of the two of us to FB and IG, using the #happilymarried tag. I mean, I’m happy and I want to tell the world. But what does it REALLY mean to be #happilymarried?  

The What

In my opinion,  “happily married” is all a matter of choice and perspective. Which means, it will be/look/feel different for each couple. However, If you constantly compare your marriage to that of others, I’m certain that you will find it hard to enjoy what you share with your spouse.  Comparing yourself to others will rob you of your peace, your joy and your happiness! Oh, and be very careful of what you allow the media to feed you!  Listen, at some point you just have to cut all ties to those idealistic triplets; “Shoulda”, “Coulda” and  “Woulda”! They are not your girlfriends, they are life suckers! Believe me, I know!

The How

My hubby and I are learning to focus on the present, and live in the moment! As you build your future together, enjoy the process!  Take the time to listen as you get to know one another (#realeffort). You may not have the biggest house, or the coin to travel the globe, but you have each other! Focus on that! Focus on the love! Focus on the great possibilities of what will be,  and don’t despise those humble beginnings! You need each other. You’ve committed and made a vow to one another, so don’t give up. Fight for, not with, each other! Remember, a house divided against itself will surely fall!

You two are one!

Commit, Cherish, Flourish <3!

-Reese

 

A Lesson from My Husband

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The other night, my husband and I played a game of Scrabble.  The game started off most intensely; a 27-point word here,  a 36-point word there. The competition was fierce! As the game progressed, I noticed my hubby passing and switching letters. He passed about 4 times, which as a result gave me a 100-point lead. I wasn’t mad, but I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on. Finally, he took his turn and threw out the word “quote” followed by the word “zit”. I realized he had been holding onto the “z” and the “q” in the hopes of forming the word “quiz”. It wasn’t until he saw my lead, that he realized there were other ways to use his letters.  

That’s when it hit him:

Man, I was holding on to those letters,  and missed countless opportunities to get ahead. I was so focused on using the letters for that ONE word,  when I really needed to let go and use them in a different way to make my moves.   I fell so far behind, and although my words were good, it was too late to win the game.  Sometimes you have to loosen your grip and use what you have now.”

So many times in life we hold onto (even hide) our gifts because we are waiting for that one “right way” to use/share it, and we miss out on the greater blessing. It’s like we just can’t seem to get past what others have told us “should be”, or what we’ve been told we “have to do first”.   I know they mean well, But at some point you have to say “no more”!

Let today be that day that you let go of those limiting thoughts, and share your gifts in the way that you’ve always imagined.  Don’t wait! Start that business, go for that promotion, go for that audition, move across the country! Whatever it is, take that step by faith, and go for it! Use those unique and valuable letters on your board, and WIN THE GAME!  Don’t let the life you were destined to live pass you by!  

You are destined to win!

-Reese

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Solid Foundation: A Must Read for all Couples!

A few nights ago, my fiance and I decided to make dinner together!  He started prepping the meat, and true to form,  I stepped in to make the side dishes and add some finishing touches!  We moved in sync, laughed out loud and spoke of our future together… It was the start of a wonderful evening!

Out of nowhere I became especially hungry, and  started to nibble on a little bit of everything. I caught Keem’s judging eye a few times, but I didn’t pay it much attention. It wasn’t until I popped open a bag of popcorn, that he became a bit tense and told me what was on his mind… “You know, I can’t stand it when you eat while we cook”. This caught me totally off guard, and feeling attacked I replied with something very unfair. After a few exchanges, I rolled my eyes, stuffed the popcorn into the cabinet, and we went back to cooking…in silence.

Once everything was ready, we placed our respective dishes on the table. We locked eyes, and before I had a chance to say a word, Keem grabbed my hand and said “Let’s pray over the food. will you bow with me?” I shook my head in  agreement, and on our knees Keem prayed over everything, but the food! He prayed over our relationship, our future marriage, our understanding of each other, and his role as a husband. Tears streamed down my face, my mascara stained the carpet.  I was completely and utterly overwhelmed! And it was on that dining room floor that God met us, and humbled us with His presence!

After the prayer, and after a very long embrace,  Keem  and I spoke about what happened. Turns out he really just wanted us to enjoy the meal together, and was bothered that I was “digging in” before we could even sit at the table.  Made almost too much sense, especially since I made it very clear that eating dinner together is important to me. Ha!   It was a miscommunication that may not have been resolved so quickly had we not taken a moment to refocus in prayer.

What was intended to cause discord,  God turned it and used it to strengthened our relationship, not only with each other but more importantly with Him! Keeping God first, is more that a catchy hash-tag; It is an absolutely vital component needed to lay a SOLID (unmovable) foundation for a Godly and fruitful relationship! And it has to come from both parties involved.

Relationships aren’t always going to be “cookies and cream”!  We will disagree, we will roll our eyes,  but with God we are able to navigate through those not-so-sweet moments and come out with a better understanding of each other. It is most certainly a process, but through it we are determined to come out even stronger!

I’m getting married in 49 days!!

#soontobeMrsDennis

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