Shabbat Story Time

 

Today, as I take a moment to ponder the goodness of my Creator and Redeemer, I can’t help but feel so loved and blessed.

I turned 50 years old a week ago, and I celebrated my 30th year anniversary of marriage to my faithful, loyal, and patient husband.

I have been reflecting and reminiscing about many things these last couple of weeks. Remembering how my mother taught my sisters and I to pray for our future spouses, and how she prayed for them. Remembering how when I was in high school all I wanted was to live for God, get married, and have a family. I begged God to bring me a husband before I finished high school, because I really didn’t want to go to college.

I also remember how none of the guys I dated seemed to be the right one, and then my dad moved our family the summer of my senior year of high school. I didn’t think it would be possible to find a guy and marry right out of high school, since it was so soon. So, I prayed that God would just bring me a friend when we moved. Someone I could really bond with. Little did I know that He would answer both my prayers in one person.

I met Jeremy on a youth group outing. We were the only seniors, and we were attracted to each other immediately. So much so, it scared me. I realized immediately that he wasn’t actually a believer, and I had no desire to date someone who wasn’t. But the school year started, and we were in the same home room, and he kept coming to church, and we just really bonded. It wasn’t long before Jeremy not only bonded to me, but found his way into a relationship with his Creator and Redeemer. He was hungry for the things of God.

We began spending a lot of time together. Talking about our hopes and dreams. We both strongly felt God calling us to have a large family, and to let God number our children. We also had a huge dream of ministering to families in crisis. I thought I would like to have six children, and Jeremy thought he would like 9. Well, we both got what we wanted: six daughters and nine sons.

I don’t think either of us realized what it would be like walking by faith in planning our family. We had doubts, we had hardships, we made a lot of mistakes. But, Yehovah has been gracious and compassionate with us. We now have four wonderful son-in-laws, and soon to be a total of seven grandchildren. We know that Yehovah will continue to add to our family, and we can not believe the honor and trust He has placed in us to allow us to parent these children and grandchildren.

Not only has He given us a quiver full, but He has blessed us with many opportunities to serve families in crisis. Even now, as I sit in my room resting from the many demands of this past week, I am in awe of His mighty work, and that He sees fit to use me in it. Whatever your dreams are today, even if they seem impossible if they are with a sincere heart to serve and glorify Yehovah, trust that He will make them happen. Maybe not exactly like you expected, and maybe it will be scary and difficult at times to walk in true faith, placing all your trust in God. But if you step out and let Him use you, He will.

God is Good ALL the time, and all the Time God is Good.

Shabbat Shalom

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