Friday, April 12, 2013

Our Love Story: Part V

Sixteen years ago today I married my best friend.  

The road to that point was was unconventional, crazy, filled with joy, tears, and redemption.  The story is ours and looking back I see the hand of God all over it.  A real picture of His redemption, taking something we'd made a mess of and Him turning it into something beautiful.  

Our wedding day was filled with people who loved us, some who thought we'd never make it, and others who knew we would.  It was those people that helped form our will to work hard, it was the encouragement and prayers of those who believed in us that carried us when things weren't so tidy and beautiful.  

Above all it was the grace of God that HE would redeem, that with Him at the helm we would be stronger.  Sixteen beautifully broken, gloriously ruined, I need more of Jesus years later we've lived in three states, weathered nine moves, bought two houses, experienced miscarriages, job losses and personal struggles.  We serve a God who has walked beside us through joy and tears, faith and failure, excitement and fear.  He's never left us, He's carried us, grown us, and loved us even when we weren't lovely.  

With five of the funniest most amazing kids ever, we're forever changed by the truth of the gospel.  We're passionate about caring for those who cannot care for themselves, adoption, loving others as Christ loved us and together we are stronger.  Babe I look forward to growing old with you.  

Thank you Jesus for your redemption, love and grace.  Without it we would be nothing.

Our prayer is that God would use our story for His glory!  He makes all things beautiful.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;  Ecclesiastes 3:11-12


Gretchen Magruder said...

beautiful!! Congratulations!

Erin said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I love your honesty, and seeing how God weaves His beautiful plan of redemption through it all. May God grant you two many more years together!!

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