As I was folding Jazmin’s clothes I held up her housecoat from her wedding which had “bride” on the back of it. Then I folded her pyjamas that said “Barbie.” Barbie Bride, I thought to myself, “Jazmin is more beautiful than any Barbie I have ever seen.”
She’s also not caught up in her looks like we are led to believe about Barbie. But recently she has mentioned how thin her body is getting. Jazmin would like to gain weight and get back up to 130 lbs.
My son Eythan married Jazmin in the summer of 2017. They have now been married for nine months. They are both twenty-one years old. They are just starting the best part of life.
Jazmin is still a new Bride. Her greatest hope is to be able to hold onto love even though she has cancer.
I thought about today’s brides as my daughter Charity was away at a friend’s wedding this weekend. The bride will be dreaming about her future with her new husband, and we are excited for them. Brides should dream! Dreaming is lovely and fills us with promise.
New Bride. New Marriage. New husband… beautiful.
Jazmin knows unless she gets a miracle, her future is not going to be very long. She’s been relying on her loved ones more and more to care for her and help with cooking and laundry.
Every once in a while she has a terrible week. This week was one of the bad ones. It was a tough one, sending Jazmin to bed for a few days and also to the hospital. But Jazmin rarely complains about cancer.
Unbelievable isn’t it?
Life slowly ebbs out of her, then she springs back again. Hope is restored, and we all rejoice. It’s up and down from week to week.
What’s impressive about Jazmin having cancer, is her attitude about life, and her faith in God. She said a few days ago. “I’m hoping for a miracle, but if I don’t get one, I don’t want anyone to be bitter. ” She wasn’t thinking of herself, she was thinking of her loved ones.
I thought about when I was a bride, and I assumed I had a long future ahead of me with my husband Vance, and yes we are married thirty years next month. Most brides dream this way. This is normal.
We are supposed to dream.
Maybe you’re a new bride with a new husband, and you’re worried about how clean your home is, or wanting to lose five pounds, or buying that new house…
Those dreams and goals will most likely happen to you, one day. But in the meantime, you could be living in the moment: enjoying your new husband, a simple life in your apartment and your current body weight (which your husband thinks is perfect.)
Jazmin wishes she could do life in a normal, boring way. She wants to be a healthy body weight, live in a cramped apartment (if it meant not having cancer), and know she can spend fifty more years with Eythan. BUT, she feels very blessed right now with what she does have… and waits on God.
Hope in its loveliest form.
You have the opportunity to embrace all the beautiful things in your life. Live today. Be present. Love your husband. Appreciate your freedom to be messy.
Life is too short to not be happy.
Learn to love the life you have right now. Be content…no matter how simple your world might be.
This is what makes a bride truly beautiful…
Contentment. Love. Hope. Happiness💗