Giving with the Gurley’s: 2016 Wedding Registry

“Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭8:12‬ ‭NLT

“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Splagchnizomai !! Euphoria !! The omni present season of giving! The photos on this page are from the 2015 Christmas Holiday season (8 months into our courtship) when we donated hats, scarves, gloves, toiletries, and non-perishable food items to those in need at the Metro Atlanta Taskforce for the Homeless. We were so humbled and amazed by the thankfulness of those who received that we decided we would continue to promote giving, especially during the holidays. We truly wanted GOD to use our courtship for His glory by giving, and moving forward, we want GOD to use our marriage by continuing to give as well.

We are beyond excited and humbled to unite in Holy Matrimony during the holiday season! We want our union to be purposeful and to represent giving.

We are humbled and we recognize that we are truly Christ’s Servants. Our passion is giving and we love to celebrate GOD’s blessings by giving. The additional photos are from the future bride’s December 2015 graduation from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Graduate Occupational Therapy Program. GOD decided to use her graduation as a way to help those in need at the Pathways of Birmingham Homeless Shelter for Women and Children. With the help of friends and family who were present at the graduation, the future bride was able to donate over 30 new, unwrapped toys and 10-12 large plastic bags of gently used clothing, which truly blessed those in need. We truly love giving back to GOD, and we know that when we give, His kingdom is edified and His glory is illuminated.

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Our wedding date, December 3rd, 2016, will kick off the 1st ever Holiday Gurley’s Giving Campaign which will occur annually. Prayerfully, we plan to celebrate every wedding anniversary that GOD allows us to experience solely by giving with the intention of uplifting, restoring, and serving the community.

In lieu of traditional wedding gifts, we are asking guests to bring the following items for donations:

1. School supplies to support Dekalb County Schools- dry erase markers, composition notebooks, pens, paper, pencils, Kleenex, crayons, construction paper, book bags, markers, spiral notebooks, calculators.
2. Baby products to support new moms and families in underserved Atlanta communities: bottles, pacifiers, diapers, onesies, diaper bags, socks, hats, spoons, cups, formula, car seats, strollers.
3. Clothing to support homeless shelters during the winter months: hats, scarves, gloves, coats, boots.
4. Monetary contributions for a FAMU Scholarship and student support program

  • God’s Gurley Giving 1887 Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,500 annually
  • Details: Awarded to one eligible Rattler (sophomore, junior, or senior) annually to support academic matriculation and/or degree completion. #GGG1887ScholarshipAward 
  • God’s Gurley Giving 1887 Student Support Program
  • Details: groceries, gas, and/or text book sponsorship for FAMU students; students enrolled in our data base will be drawn at random for monthly support  

5. Canned food products and/or non-perishable food items to support the Atlanta Community Foodbank and local homeless shelters

6. New (unwrapped) toys to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Elementary Schools, daycare centers, and low-income families

If you are aware of a community need and/or recognize a void that our wedding can be used to fill, please don’t hesitate to let us know! We want GOD to use us and our wedding to restore the community! Thank you for Giving with the Gurley’s! Please bring your donations to the wedding reception. We are so excited to have you give with us!

“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:7‬ ‭NLT

Engaged in Real Love, Euphoria Chronicles

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It is beyond awesome and humbling how the Bible demonstrates engagement in real love: “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 NLT

Courting GOD’s way has taught us so much about being engaged in real love. Since the start of our courtship (03/24/15), we decided we would actively pursue Christ…we would intentionally pursue marriage by courting GOD’s way, and what a beautiful learning process this has been. We decided that we wanted to be obedient and eliminate ALL distractions: no kissing, no intimate touching, no living together….our focus has been on communicating and growing together spiritually so that we could understand GOD’s purpose for our lives, and so that we could fully engage in His love. Almost 1 year later, on 3/20/2016 we were engaged to be married, and we are so thankful that we sacrificed our fleshly desires so that we could become closer to Christ. What an amazing foundation for the future. We are excited to unite in Holy Matrimony and share our first kiss on December 3rd, 2016 in Atlanta, GA surrounded by the grace and mercy of Christ, as well as our dear family and friends.

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Engagement in real love specifically represents a covenant of: sacrifice, mercy, and obedience. Christ is such a perfect example of engagement in real love. Because of His example, we can now emulate for the glorification of GOD.

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What a blessing to be engaged in real love BY actively living for GOD who really loves us all so much that He sent His Son as a sacrifice to cleanse us from sin. This real love/cleansing of sin fosters a renewed mind and pure heart which is foundational in our walk with Christ. Our walk with the LORD should intentionally mimic that of Jesus Christ…we should pursue His righteous ways in all situations. This means that all of who we are should resemble Christ, this includes- our relationships, our friendships, our careers, our hobbies, etc. During our journey, our mind should continuously be renewed. His desires should become our desires. Will we fall short of His glory? Of course, we are human, and the Bible explains the limits of human wisdom in the 7th chapter of Ecclesiastes- “Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.” ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬.

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Essentially, we must recognize that the victory is in *l e a r n i n g* and *g r o w i n g* from mistakes. Yes, GOD truly appreciates the actions done in faith as small as a mustard seed, however the idea is that our faith and spirit will continuously mature with each experience.  As our minds mature, our actions will subsequently begin to mimic that of Christ. We should not knowingly sin and continue repenting for the same sins- such a cycle does not represent growth, it represents immaturity and lack of learning. We should instead recognize our sins and then actively resist from them through the strength that GOD provides. “So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.” Hebrews‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Being engaged in real love is a covenant to: pursue Christ, mimic Christ, and serve Christ. In actively pursuing Christ, we demonstrate our understanding and knowledge of real love through obedience because we know that Christ is very blunt and specific in His requirements for real love: “If you love me, obey my commandments.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So, we M U S T recognize that being engaged should represent love and all that love demands as detailed in the Bible. As previously mentioned in John 14:15, love means to obey His commandments- no excuses. this means that if we have a desire to do something that is directly disobedient to His word, we must deny our flesh, or sacrifice our wants for His needs. image

An engagement in real love should represent obedience; an engagement in real love should represent sacrifice; an engagement in real love should represent mercy. For example- obedience to His word in how we treat our soulmates (i.e. reverentially respectful), sacrificing our desires to be obedient to Him (i.e. not fornicating, though the flesh may want to do so), mercy (i.e. unconditional love to one another as Christ unconditionally loves us).

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” ‭Romans‬ ‭12:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease.”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Let us all on earth continue to pursue Christ, we do not know the day nor the hour when He shall return so let all of our actions represent him.

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