All in Thankful heart

Answered Prayers

Today’s post is the 4th in a Word WashedWife series on prayer. I believe you will enjoy reading my DIL, Sarah’s words about a scary time in her marriage to my son, JP. Keep reading: “JP and I met during a time when we were both far from God. My walk with God was distant and he had rejected his faith. We started dating in the summer of 2010 and that fall I transferred and joined JP as an Auburn student. We were inseparable. “

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Marriage Advice

I am feeling very nostalgic, probably because it is the season.  It is the time of the year that we look back and give thanks for all that God has done in our lives.  And this is exactly what I have found myself doing.  I've been looking at old pictures of Jody and I, our life together, our three beautiful children, and past holidays spent with family and friends.  My conclusion is that God has richly blessed my family!  I know this from my 2017 vantage point, but I didn't always know this to be true.  I wish there was a way I could go back and encourage my younger self in the faith!  

Thank you, Lord!

That song was a perfect prelude to my parent's testimony about their own trials and pursuit of Jesus.  At the time I sang this sweet song, I had not yet walked through any great trials – I was a child.  But the words of that song became buried deep in my heart where they would help prepare me for my own journey.  These words are echoed from Romans 3: 3-5:  "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."