"And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. "
1 Peter 5:10
Much like the good, the bad and the ugly...God promises to restore.
He will make you complete in the journey to finding a new you and a new marriage through the process of working on the beauty and the ashes. And when that outcome is still not perfect or what we though it would be...
He is still good.
The beauty of the mess, is being witness to other marriages who find their way once again. A couple of years ago, I met a broken woman and her child for coffee not knowing anything of her situation besides it being similar with betrayal. Over the course of a few months and attending R-613 small group, I have seen a glow reappear and joy found in this woman's life! I am blessed to be able to Selina's testimony join the Redeemed website and hope you find your way over to the page to read it. Thank you Selina for sharing your heart. Our prayers continue to be with you as your marriage seeks more complete joy, healing and works towards restoration. God is rejoicing over your willingness to share! Blessings!
A little over a year ago, Tim and I were toes deep in sand as Kim and Anne baptized us in the ocean shores of Kona, Hawaii. It was the marking of a new beginning for both of us as we recommitted to the Lord and each other later that afternoon.
We shared tears, scriptures, vows and prayers.
A year later, we continue to share tears, speak scriptures,
breath our vows and say daily prayers together.
God has been very present in the last year as we have opened new doors of opportunities both in business and in our personal lives. Many changes have already been adapted into routines and visions have been organized and implemented. God has been so good to us and our family!
So, as the one year anniversary of us saying "I do" (or singing it too) approached, I thought to myself, "Do we do anything special?" "There are already so many dates for Tim to remember, do I make him remember another one too?"
Why, yes I do!
I marked it on the calendar and simply sent up a little prayer of thanks for ALL that has come and gone over the past year. The new friendships, the new windows of opportunities and journeys, the ups and downs of health and accomplishments, mini celebrations and immense
blessings in every day.
The night before our renewal anniversary, I was committed by dear sweet friends to run the Fragrance Lake 10k trail race. I was NOT planning on this and have not been training much at all on any trails of this latitude. All I noticed on the website was an evaluation change of 3300 feet. Whether that was for the 1/2 marathon or 10k, it didn't matter as my bum cheeks were already screaming from future torture. Tim had busy plans working in the yard all day, so off I went to run in the hills.
A stark contrast from the beach, tan sand, warm sun and ocean water lapping at my toes a year earlier were the due glistened ferns, moss covered trees and rushing water falls as I made my way through the trails above Larrabee State Park.
God, in all His splendor, created not only the beauty of the repeating waves, but the stillness of the forest. My girlfriend and I gracefully powered our way up and up...and up some more as we ran through the 6.5 mile course. As we crossed by the waterfall it was God breathing into our lungs with, "streams of living water" and when we ran passed the Fragrance Lake God held still our hearts so we could take in the beauty around us.
I may have been a little nervous for allowing others to talk me into running,
but I'm so glad I did.
From kisses on the beach saying I do's; to steep hills and free falls earning medals...I'm proud to make My Love remember yet another date in our journey together.
Happy One Year Renewal Love!
Whether it be a week, a month or a year, God calls us to celebrate! Mark your calendars and find something to celebrate as it brings Jesus praise and reminds us of the abundant blessings He delivers to us every day.
About the Author
Stephanie is a stay-at-home mommy to four little blessings. Married for 16 years, Tim and Stephanie find new ways to enjoy intimate time together while raising the young family.