I feel led to begin telling a certain part of my story that started in this new season. One I waited for for a very long time.
And I will admit that this is a lot harder to share than I thought it would be. I started to write about it, but had to stop. Not because this is a difficult time in my story, but because of the depths of my heart that I have poured out to the Lord over it. (more…)
My friend Rachael is getting married today! I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle and marry the man God has for her!
Rachael sent out really cute invitations and RSVPs a few months ago. The RSVP was a Mad Lib. How clever!
Here is the front:
Here is the interior:
The Mad Lib was so much fun! I filled out mine with musical terms since Rachael is a violinist. The back of the Mad Lib was like a postcard with Rachael’s address and a stamp.
I wish Matthew and Rachael all the best today and after – with all of the blessings God has for them!
Laxmi holds up her hard-won annulment. (AFP)
(I found this story here, it is not my own.)
At an age when most kids are learning to walk, Laxmi Sargara was already married. Her husband, Rakesh, was just three-years-old when family sealed the deal on their fate. She was one.
Now seventeen years later the couple have set a history-making precedent by having their marriage annulled. But the real hero of this story is Laxmi, now 18, who took remarkably brave steps to reverse the archaic tradition and opened the door for more child brides to follow.
Though technically illegal in India, poor families living in rural areas often rely on these types of partnerships, using kids as pawns in order to provide more financial stability to those who can’t afford to feed their children long-term. The fall-out is hardest felt for child brides, plucked from their parents’ homes in their teens and forced to live with the husband they wed as a toddler and his family. The girls are expected to play the role of obedient wife and daughter-in-law, and in some instances, are beaten into submission by members of their new family. (more…)