We met when we were 18 years old. 5 days after college arrival. So young. So wide-eyed.
Within a month I was planning our wedding.
Our future dreams included having a couple kids and living in a fancy house overlooking the golf course Jeremy managed.
Then we turned 19. And God said He had plans. Plans that changed college degrees and took us away from the golf green. Plans involving the scary word “ministry.”
At 21 we got married. Began ministry with students we loved (LOVED). Had 2 kids.
At 27 we moved. Began ministry with kids. Welcomed 3 more kids.
At 34 we moved. Began ministry with families. Watched our kids go from littles to bigs.
And now we’re here. And there are 5 kids and 2 dogs. And a great house without a golf course. And still that sometimes scary word “ministry.”
Jeremy and I have had our highs and lows. We’ve laughed. And cried. And had marriage counseling. And faithful friends.
I look at him and realize how much we’ve changed. Both of us. From 18 till now. And there are still (God-willing) so many years of changing ahead.
But the constant has been grace. God has been faithful. Every step of the way. Through the low of almost losing everything in 2007. Through the high of bringing Esther Grace home in 2014.
It’s been awhile since I’ve written. But today felt necessary. To remind you that God really is faithful. When your calm day ends up hectic. When your dreams become impossible.
Breath deeply, my friend. He is not surprised. You are worth Jesus to God. He sees you and loves you through every change.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’.” (Psalm 91:1)