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Dear Diary

References: 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 2:6, 7; James 2:14-17; Steps to Christ, chap. 7, pp. 57-65; The Bible Story (1994), vol. 10, pp. 176-179; 196-200; Our Beliefs nos. 23, 22, 10.

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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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Jesus transforms our lives when we commit our hearts to Him.

Being part of a wedding is fun. The wedding ceremony and reception are great, but what does it take to lead up to that wedding? Ever wonder what it takes to make a lifelong commitment to love someone? What are the blessings that come from making a lifelong commitment to Jesus?

We had to go to the church tonight and practice the wedding. We didn't wear our beautiful new dresses, just regular clothes. It felt funny to walk down the aisle and go up on the platform.

I had to practice standing up there on a piece of masking tape that marks my spot. Tomorrow when I do it, the church will be packed full of people looking at me. I hope I don't trip or do something awful!

I like Dom.

Except that he's stealing my sister. Well, Marcia says he's not stealing her. She WANTS to go away and be his wife. We had a long talk about it.

We rode our bikes to the park and lay on a blanket under a tree and talked. Marcia told me she thinks getting married is like giving your heart to Jesus. She said that when you get married, everything is different. She said that when you get married, you belong to your husband and he belongs to you. Just like when you love Jesus, you belong to Him, and He belongs to you.

Marcia said when you get married, you do stuff that your husband or wife likes beause you want to make them happy. Like learning to cook their favorite food. And listening to their favorite music. And even doing the laundry and dishes and other stuff that might not be fun. Dom even opens the car foor for Marcia to get in even though she is perfectly able to do it all by herself. Marcia likes that.

She said it's just like when we do some things because we know that's what Jesus wants us to do. It might be something we really don't WANT to do, but we do it anyway becuase we want to make Him happy.

And she said Jesus loves to make us happy too. He gives us blessings all the time. Marcia said Dom is a blessing from Jesus.

And when you get married, you get to be on your husband's side all the time. I mean if anybody makes fun of him or something, you get to stand up for him. You say, "Hey! You can't talk about my husband like that!"

Just like if somebody makes fun of Jesus, you always stand up for Him. 'Cause you're on His side.

I think that's pretty cool! Your husband will always be on your side and stand up for you, too!

Marcia said that when you get married, you can't do everything anymore that you might think you want to do. She said you have to be unselfish because you love your husband.

(It's too bad she didn't do THAT when she lived with ME!) I told her that if somebody love ME like that I would WANT to be unselfish.

And Marcia said the best part is when you get married, you get to stay for the rest of your life with the person that you love best. She said it's exactly like when you give your heart to Jesus, you know that you will get to live with Him forever and ever. And always, ALWAYS, be happy in heaven.

Good night, Diary.

P.S. People have to wait until they're older to decide who they want to marry. I'm sure glad I didn't have to wait that long to give my heart to Jesus!

And that's an even more important choice!