Sunday, February 25, 2007

Gladness Loves Company!!

...they say misery loves company, but I think it's GOOD NEWS that begs to be told! So, here's mine:
I consider myself most to be congratulated because,...
in God's good timing, one Ryan Szrama-- more than every prayer I've prayed and dream I didn't dare ask for--
has asked
me to be his bride!!!(it SO doesn't seem real!)

And I said "yes!"


I read this (in Isaiah 61 & 65) the first morning I woke up feeling a ring on my left ring-finger, and it brought tears of amazed joy and thanksgiving to my eyes.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a [...] bride adorns herself with her jewels. [...] Behold, my servants shall eat, [...] shall drink, [...] shall rejoice, [...] shall sing for gladness of heart..."

God's goodness was so evident, so unexpected. I wasn't "supposed" to go to Louisville last summer. I was driven there by painful circumstances and plans that "fell through..." And all along, God was plotting this. Wow! Truly, any pain that came before is way outweighed by this-- to be engaged, not just to anyone, but to THIS man, whose love for me is more evident every day, and who knows me in & out. And those verses are about joy so much BIGGER than mine, too: they're about God leading people to know Him, which is the ultimate satisfaction and cause for joy! It made it all triply wonderful to realize my joy in Ryan is a legitimate reflection of, even part of, that Greater joy!!

Rejoice with me! Woohooo!!
--a very happy girl =D


Em said...

Wow! I'm so happy for you! Congrats, you two. Been praying for you,can't wait to see you again. :o)

melandaaron said...

WOOHOO! Congratulations! That is so awesome! So happy for you!

Jeannette said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and your "prince amongst men".

Selah said...

congratulations christina!!!

Kristin said...

I'm so excited for you!!! Congratulations!!!!

Ryan said...

Congratulations, darling. I hope he's a good match for you and I wish you both the best!

Chris said...

Congratulations Christina and Ryan! As you already know, Val and I are very pleased for you both. May the Lord build you both up in His good pleasure to serve and enjoy Him and may you "trust in Him and lean not on your own understanding" in your joyous life together. Marriage is a great gift.

Praising God with you,
Chris, Val and Hannah.