Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans sure know what it means to honeymoon, because their last month has been filled with non-stop fun and endless vacations as documented through their Instagram feeds.
The couple, who tied the knot on December 2, partied among family and friends on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with tequila and tacos in tow. Not wasting any time on spending their holiday break by throwing work out the window, the two cozied up back in their Nashville home to spend Christmas with the Ballerinis for the first time as husband and wife. The two even celebrated with custom wedding onesies just in time for Christmas Eve dinner.
“annual Christmas Eve onesies that mom picks…she’s outdone herself this year…,” Ballerini shared with all of her followers, showing off the Mr. and Mrs. apparel. After cuddling together during the chilly Tennessee Christmas, the pair jetsetted off to Evans’ homeland of Australia for some fun in the sun. Throwing on her sunnies and shorts for adventures Down Under, Evans took his lovely wife to Dreamworld and let her enjoy all that Oz has to offer, including petting kangaroos.
Last but certainly not least, Ballerini and Evans made a hop, skip and a jump over to Bora Bora for what looks like a dream honeymoon. Spending as much time in the sea as possible, the two dove right into their marriage by spontaneously jumping into the water off their dock and posed for some adorable swim-clad snapshots.
When you read the story of the New Testament Church, you tend to get caught up in its explosive growth and amazing miracles. But here’s a component you shouldn’t miss: ‘No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had…There were no needy persons among them…those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money…and it was distributed to anyone as he had need’ (vv. 32-35). You say, ‘If I just had more money I’d be happy.’ You might feel more secure and have fewer worries, but you wouldn’t necessarily be happier. In the Journal of Happiness Studies, researchers looked at what distinguished quite happy people from less happy people. One factor consistently separated those two groups. It’s not about how much money you have; it’s not about your health, security, attractiveness, IQ, or career success.
What distinguishes consistently happy people from less happy people is the presence of rich, deep, joy-producing, life-changing, meaningful relationships. Social researcher Robert Putnam writes: ‘The single most common finding from a half-century’s research on life satisfaction, not only in the U.S. but around the world, is that happiness is best predicted by the breadth and depth of one’s social connections.’ But you can know a lot of people without really being known by any of them, and end up lonely.
Those folks in the New Testament Church got it right: it’s in sharing with one another spiritually, emotionally, financially, and relationally that you achieve your highest level of joy.
Prayer Heavenly Father,
thank You for putting into my life people I am able to share life with.
People who know You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
The above devotion was written/compiled from multiple sources by
Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities and author of WORD Bible Studies.