Lighting the Way when Two Become One

Written by M J Plaster

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If you carry a hand-tied bouquet, incorporate a white taper intorepparttar bouquet, and carryrepparttar 122037 taper uprepparttar 122038 aisle. The groom can hold his taper until you reachrepparttar 122039 altar, when you each place your taper intorepparttar 122040 unity candleholder to accentuaterepparttar 122041 unity theme.

If your house of worship doesn't allow unity ceremonies, conductrepparttar 122042 ceremony atrepparttar 122043 reception right beforerepparttar 122044 toast.

Candles for Your Wedding Decor

Consider candles an integral part of your floral displays to add warmth to a sterile reception hall environment. Select your candles first, and then select flowers to complementrepparttar 122045 candles. If you maintainrepparttar 122046 candle asrepparttar 122047 focal point, you'll spend a lot less money on bridal flowers.

Place a single sculptured candle byrepparttar 122048 guest book, for example. Incorporate candles into your table displays atrepparttar 122049 reception. You can actually use candle displays in place of floral displays. Considerrepparttar 122050 idea of floating candle displays atrepparttar 122051 center of each table. They're low enough to allow conversation without talking through flowers.

You're not limited to white candles. Workrepparttar 122052 candles into your color scheme: silver and gold for holiday weddings. Nor do you have to limit yourself to unadorned candles. Ribbons add a nice accent to simple candles. Select elegant candles for a formal wedding and less formal sculpted, marbled, or otherwise embellished candles for less formal weddings.

Candles as Wedding Favors

Candles always make nice gifts, and you can capitalize on this by selecting a candle for your wedding favor. A small, beautifully wrapped candle makes a wedding favor that your guests will appreciate and display at home—something to remember your special day.

However you choose to add candles to your wedding, their warm flame will add torepparttar 122053 ambiance of an already glowing moment.

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Cultivating Spiritual Intimacy

Written by Omaudi Reid

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In addition torepparttar above, a Christian couple spreadsrepparttar 122036 spiritual flames through joint spiritual habits. The most obvious of these is having scheduled devotions. In devotions couples pray and share biblical truths with each other in an open and transparent way. I recommend not only having a scheduled time of devotion, but also allowing that time to develop into a natural habit. In our experience, my wife and I, have found it best not to allow our scheduled time to become a rigid formality; instead, it serves as a training time forrepparttar 122037 natural flow of our spiritual connection. So that in times of difficulty praying and sharing together will be as simple as breathing.

A natural outflow of a joint spiritual life is spiritual dialogue. Although often neglected, spiritual dialogue is an important part of spreadingrepparttar 122038 flames of spiritual intimacy. I define spiritual dialogue as qualitative and interactive conversation concerning our application, thoughts, feelings, and conclusions on spiritual matters as it relates to our life and society. Put simply, it is enjoyably talking about how spiritual things affect our life andrepparttar 122039 world around us.

Spiritual dialogue is qualitative and interactive. It is more than surface talk, such as “Pastor preached a good sermon today”. It involves sharing our deep spiritual thoughts to each other, such as “this is how I’m going to applyrepparttar 122040 sermon to my daily life..”, or “the Lord showed me weakness in that area”. Remember to interact, and allow each other ample time to share insights and thoughts.

Going to spiritual events together provides opportunities for spiritual dialogue. Sometimes we can make religious activities such a duty that we drain allrepparttar 122041 joy out of it. Couples, however, can enjoy spiritual activities together. The spiritual activities couples can share together goes beyondrepparttar 122042 regular Sunday services, and weekly conferences. Volunteering to work side by side in a Christian ministry, and working together on Christian projects are good activities to share together. Along with that, today there are Christian movies and television programs that you can watch. Many Christian organizations today are making Christian videos more than ever. Perhaps you and your mate can buy a video, and watch it together, then discuss it afterwards. Simply enjoy your joint spiritual life; you are heirs together of God’s promise.

Omaudi Reid is the owner of HarvestersOnline, and author of Creating Unbreakable Bonds: Marital Intimacy on Three Levels He has a diploma in ministry from Harvest Army Bible Institute, and is currently pursuing a bachelor at Beulah Heights Bible College. He is an ordained minister of the gospel of Christ.

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