Epiphany: the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12); a moment of sudden revelation or insight.
My wedding is days away and I’m finally getting around to recapping my bridal shower.
My bridal shower was on Epiphany Sunday which turned out to be quite fitting. Instead of three wise men, I had my three bridesmaids and amazing and wise women showering me with gifts. We celebrated my entering a new chapter in my life. The wisdom and anecdotes shared in the room were full of truth and lots of humor. Wedding planning is truly not for the faint of heart and can bring out the worst in people, but I have been reminded countless times these several months how blessed I am.
There was no greater occasion to highlight the fact that I am truly blessed than to have amazing friends and women who are like family in my life than at a bridal shower. I can honestly say that I have not smiled and laughed so hard in a very long time. When you are wedding planning (especially on a tight budget) you can often forget to relax and enjoy the process. That morning I was stressing about my hair and being on time, but I forced myself to pause and be intentionally present in the moment of that afternoon. Sometimes a simple choice or demand of oneself can change the trajectory of your day.
I allowed myself to be showered with love. You can only be loved in as much as you allow yourself to be loved. I am thankful for their love and care for me. It is an honor to have touched so many people’s lives so much that they would sacrifice a Sunday afternoon to spend time with me.
It may sound strange, but as someone who has a lot of anxiety, it was necessary for me to be mindful of how my anxieties can ruin my days. This was one day I wanted to fully enjoy. And I did! That epiphany is something I will work on and take with me into my marriage. Being present each day and allowing myself to love and be loved and not get (too) caught up in the complexities and hassles of life. This epiphany or realization was something that had been the result of years of growing my self-confidence and trusting God and allowing Him and others in my life to love me as I am deserved. May I never forget it and may you discover it too.
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