God Delivers

Cook Forest 2016

Cook Forest 2016

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
Chad Sugg

There’s a chill in the air when I wake up at dawn. The grass is covered with dew and my legs get wet when I walk Jordan outside in the morning. Our garden has turned pale and most of the tomato plants have withered.  I see trees dropping leaves to the ground; fall is here.

The days seem to fly by anymore. Where did the summer go? It seems to have passed by in a blur. This was the first time in years that I didn’t mind the heat (hot flashes are finally backing off!) and I relished more backyard activities than ever.


Beautiful Penny- now 8 months old!

I did so much this summer. I helped my mom, babysat Penny (love it!), and hosted the baptism. I coordinated eight events for my business (x 2 or 3 pre-planning meetings each plus rehearsals and day of duties), entertained fussier details than ever before, and accommodated bigger expectations. I am thinking that my days as a planner are numbered and my days as a writer are coming in closer. There is a fine line between control and grace. I started my event planning business as a way to bring grace in closer to brides and their families. Thankfully, this has happened many times. But sometimes the personality clashes, obsession to details, and unreasonable expectations begin to do me in.

When it seems that I am about over the edge, God sends me a sign. Last weekend’s wedding was a good example. It had a daunting weather forecast. The ceremony and reception were due to take place in a botanic garden, with a tent attached to the back of a gorgeous, 100 year old barn. The prediction was thunder and rain at the exact moment of the outdoor ceremony. If that wasn’t bad enough, more stormy weather was in store the rest of the evening.

At the rehearsal the venue coordinator suggested a last minute tent over the lawn (the ceremony area). The groom and I looked at each other and quietly said NO. The family was in agreement. No tent. We practiced a rain plan ceremony inside, on the dance floor, as a backup just in case.

Morning dawned on wedding day. I started watching the storm path from 9am, checking it each hour. I do this primarily because I feel responsible for the safety of the guests. The barn is a large outdoor structure and 138 guests were expected. Dancing and a sit down, three course dinner were part of the evening.  I said small prayers all morning, lit my candle next to Panayia, and turned the rain issue over to God.

By early afternoon, the storm was moving away from the garden site. By 3pm, we had placed all the chairs for the ceremony out on the lawn, such was our confidence in the predictions. The storm completely veered off to the north, leaving my bride and groom with a partly sunny, beautiful wedding day. Perfect temperatures- not too hot or cold- were the miracle of this day.

God delivers. That’s all I can say. Grace presents itself in the most obvious ways sometimes. I told the family that my perfect wedding weather average was pretty good but even I was impressed! I don’t claim to have the pipeline; I just have faith.



A gorgeous day for a wedding!

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18 thoughts on “God Delivers

  1. Marianne

    So lovely. I’m glad all worked out, and yes, God’s grace is really all we need, for that opens the way for so many wonders to occur. Think of living that way everyday in every area of our lives.

    Blessings, Joanne,

    Marianne xox

  2. Susie Scherfel

    I need to remind myself that if you “Give it to God” it all works to the best conclusion. Loved the post, Joanne.

  3. Marylin Warner

    The wedding turned out beautifully, Joanne. But even if the weather hadn’t cooperated, it still would have been a lovely wedding. You had backup plans, and love has a way of triumphing over unplanned details. 🙂

  4. MamaMickTerry

    Dear Joanne,
    I imagine that your brides, grooms, and families all look to you for more than your planning prowess. Your evident faith shines like the sun through the clouds and I’m even calmed myself as I read your words and walked us through what could have been a tense morning for anyone else. So glad our paths crossed. Xo

  5. Daleen

    Hi, friend,
    What a wise blog post.
    Your always, always make me feel so glad I stopped by to read what you are sharing.
    I have said it before always & will again, the bride and groom are quite lucky to have you in their corner.

  6. byebyebeer

    Event planner is one of those jobs that sounds fun and glamorous but must be at the top of the list when it comes to stress. So many expectations, though it must be rewarding too. Glad the weather worked out for the wedding. (It was supposed to rain overnight here, badly needed, but it never did, so who knows.) Love the pictures…that Penny is adorable.

    1. Joanne Cain Post author

      That Penny IS adorable. She is truly a joy in my life. Thank you for your thoughtful words. It can be stressful to be a coordinator but it is very rewarding. The groom’s father told me I was “amazing” at the end of that day. xo

  7. Gallivanta

    Lovely to read more on OCN about Penny’s baptism. And I am glad the wedding went well. You have been very busy with wedding planning. I suppose spring and summer are the peak seasons for weddings. Is that so?

    1. Joanne Cain Post author

      Yes, those are peak seasons. But I also have one a month in Sept, Oct, November this year. Fall is a great time for a wedding here. Especially an outdoor one. It’s cooler.

  8. Cindy

    Joanne, thank you for sharing such a beautiful story of faith! I love the picture of the sun breaking through the clouds and trees at Cook Forest. Your faith shines through you just as the sun shines through the trees! What an amazing day!


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