GOD IS FAITHFUL ~
“Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?
YEARS HAVE PASTED ~
I have learned a lot over the years, Marriage is a gift but also takes two people willing to let go of somethings and holding strong to what brought you together in the first place.
A short story today: it all began in 1973.
My dad would suddenly die of a heart attack. I had just graduated high school and big plans before me. My plans would change and my life became angry at God. Mad, because God didn't heal my dad and took him from earth. He would be the first person I ever saw dead and my first funeral.
Anger consumed my soul and I heard church people say, "but it was God's plan". I didn't care about God's plan at that point of life. I wanted my dad back and I wanted my mom to stop screaming how much she hurt. People would come in and out of our house. Making statements that only grew worse inside my heart. I was told it showed respect to my dad, but I never saw some of people ever, so why now?
Life would moved forward and I thought if I took my mom to church, she would get better. I was dating a guy who was Catholic and he wouldn't go with me. I took her and I was the one who began to listen. Life changes can consume you or you can let it be used. Time would travel on and I would break up with my boyfriend because I felt this pulling by the Lord to go to Church. I heard that Terry (my husband) would going to preach at Church. He was young looking and I never heard a little boy preach. I didn't realize we were the same age. It took a year, but after that year, we would connected as boyfriend and girlfriend in 1974.
The year is now 2015, we have two children and grandchildren. Things have changed greatly over the years. We have lost so much in life, but gained so much as well. A give and take relationship and Jesus as the head of our home. We hear the story of the man building his house upon the rock or the sand. We have build it on the rock (Jesus) and yet times of life things came crashing out. The foundation was right and that makes everything okay.
Our lives might appear as a princess and a prince, but it's far from a fair tale. We live a real life and marriage is hard work. Times of wanting to give up and test that would really test us. We know that God connected us, but the enemy of our souls sure wants to stop us. We have came too far to turn back or to stop believing. Maybe our lives isn't where we thought it would be or have what we thought we would have, but we still have Jesus, a great family and friends. The maker and creator of our souls is still stirring our hearts to do what is right.
Mark 10:9 New International Version
Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate
Two people can not always think alike, want the same things or even get along. There are testing times and warning signs to stop and think before you speak. Pick and choose your battles I hear and listen to what God is trying to say. God is the one who brought out lives together and that's all that matters. Over 42 years of friendship and living through the hardest things of life. Still wanting to and sharing real with each other. Along the way, years has pasted and we have grown into different people. People who put God first in all things and stopping to think before we react.
Do not want what I have, because you haven't seen the full picture of where I have been in life! Living real life before you right now and saying that you can press forward and trusting a big God. I have made many mistakes that affected not only me, but my family too. Through all times of life, we learn to forgive and forget somethings. Totally surrender to Jesus is important and living one day at a time. Giving from the middle of our hears and watching God restore somethings broken, get rid of things that doesn't belong and living a new normal is often needed.
We have been through more than the eye could see and friends who have stuck by us for over 42 years. We are human and wished we had a big house, but the truth is we live in a mobile home and we prayed we could get it years ago. Darlene and Lori Swift prayed we could get this place. I often forget that when I want a big house so bad. Yes, even I have wants and desires, but I am stopping today to tell you that I need to be thankful for what I have and where I am in life. I have been given much and I hope I show it isn't about material things, but blessings I do have.
So my readers of my blog, maybe you aren't where you wish you were or still waiting on the desires of your heart and I'm here to tell you that God gives the desires of our hearts. As we surrender our will to his will, he opens our minds to seeing what we do have in life. So much to be thankful for and holding onto his promises of new beginnings.
Never want to be anyone else in life, because you truly might not want to go through what they have, to be where they are. ~ Janet Sparkie Nance
Happy 38th Anniversary Mr. Nance and thankful for unconditional love. It's been a roller coaster of things and a foundation build upon God. On my Facebook, a friend (Gina) wrote this: "I love seeing your wedding pics! Your love for each other radiates off the photos!" She is right, as I look back to this picture, I felt I couldn't love anyone more in life. Our song then, "We have only just begun" by the Carpenters and still is alive and well today.
Off to a new beginnings, new normals and yes life changes, but our foundation must stay in God!