Happy 22nd Anniversary

Today was a wonderful day. The weather was beautiful, we worked hard helping dear friends move into their new home, and it is my 22nd wedding anniversary to the love of my life. 

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20 Years of Bliss

Marriage for 20 Years

What's in a Vow?

Marriage Vows between a husband and wife

It seems like this is the busy season for weddings. My daughter Rachel plays the harp for weddings and she is booked solid over the next few months. This weekend my cousin Sara was married in California and a few weeks ago we attended David and Nadia's wedding in Tennessee. I remember back to my wedding many years ago. Andrew and I were young and excited to start life as a new family unit. When we were married we began life together with vows to each other. Our vows were very traditional vows found in most church wedding ceremonies.

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Brantley and Lindsay Disharoon

Bridal Party at Brantley and Lindsay Disharoon's Wedding


On August 6, 2011 Brantley Harris Disharoon and Lindsay Allison Keen became one in marriage. The Redman family was blessed to attend the Disharoon/Keen wedding, in celebration of a new covenant family.


Disharoon Family


Tom Keen and family with Brantley and Lindsay Disharoon

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Traditional Weddings and Biblical Weddings

Traditional weddings have utilized a pastor or elder for the wedding ceremony for many years now. However, the jurisdiction to tell people whether they can be married or not doesn't actually rest with the Church. It is also not the jurisdiction of the state or civil government to decide whether a wedding should take place.

A marriage is under the jurisdiction of the family. A wedding is a covenant (COVENANT, n. [L, to come; a coming together; a meeting or agreement of minds.]), or a vow taken between two people. The vow is not to the state or the church, but to the other person. The church and the state recognize the marriage, but do not have the Biblical right to give permission for two people to marry.

The wedding we just attended in Tennessee was a beautiful example of two Christian young people, coming together with the blessing of their families, to covenant together as one.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  Ephesians 5:31

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. Mark 10:7-9

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

To read more about a covenant wedding click on here.

What I'm Reading

Trim Healthy Mama: No More Fads

By: Serene Allison


Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars

By: Monica Migliorino Miller


To Sing Frogs: A Memoir

By: John M. Simmons


The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care

By: Sally Fallon Morell


Watch for coming reviews...