I had her when I was but a babe myself. I was 15 and scared to death. I remember crying on the school bus and seeing a beautiful sunset and knowing that God did that just for me because I was sad and it was beautiful. He was showing me HIS glory! I
Some things I am thankful for about her:
- She increased my faith in God's plan
- Made me grow up
- Wise beyond her years (we joke she was born 30)
- Serious (she is more mature than me)
- Loves babies
- Going to school to be a nurse
- Level headed
- My mom got to love her before she died
She went to public school until 7th grade; but then she decided she wanted to be homeschooled. She was not allowed to date. She was very active in church. She went on mission trips to Mexico and The Czech Republic. She learned to drive in our "Big Black" suburban; she is a great driver and I miss that suburban. Her favorite book as a teen was Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy. She made funny videos with her best friend that provide laughter-until-tears to this day! At 17 she got a dog named Snickers that I call my "grand dog."
She came to faith in Christ at 6 years old. The person that led her to the Lord? her future mother-in-law! Who would ever know at 6 that she would marry her son--GOD! Now you have to know these were also the people who invited us to the church in the first place. We were not close friends. Just coincidence? I think not. It was God working out his plan long before we ever knew anything. There were many things that happened in the the years between this young couple coming together. But I love how it all ties back to the beginning.
She was 14 when she started talking to Clay. At 15 we knew it was more serious than a friendship. We allowed them to court to determine if their relationship was "the" one. That continued with more "good times" than bad and without either of them hating us for keeping them apart (though I am sure they had their moments). We allowed time together in family settings. The goal was for them to be above-reproach. They weren't allowed to go anywhere alone together until she was almost 18.
He proposed shortly before she turned 19. We proposed they had a long, tough road ahead of them because they were young; but that they would have our support. Our, sorted, history would benefit them; because we know how many pitfalls in marriage there can be; and we would be sure to point every potential one out; which can sound negative when you are young and in love, but it is us just being honest.
Another, another beginning:
Where HE showed me HIS faithfulness and beauty in His creation and timing. A night where an all consuming peace came over me and I felt like He was saying to me "well done thy good and faithful servant." As we gave her away to her husband, we knew God was with her and was in this future the way He was in the past. She married a man of God, she saved her self for that night, to present her self as a spotless bride. A good friend of mine said "you did it" and it meant the world (she knew the back story); but we both knew GOD DID IT!
This couple has an army of believers backing them up on this journey. They are girded on every side. For that I am THANKFUL!
This is an "In Everything Give Thanks" post started by Steffany
See the top right corner of my blog for more of what I am thankful for.
*I am adding to this post a link to A Place Called Simplicity Memorial Box information. I want to start a Memorial Box and this will be my first story. I will represent this story with a "SCHOOL BUS"