I wanted to share a few things with you in a letter form, if you don’t mind? My heart is overwhelmed with so much today! How good God is for one and how He fills in the gaps for us single moms is incredible. I went to the Basic Military Training Graduation for my son this last weekend. It was sooooo awesome! What was so strange about it was I went through BMT, 27 years ago and since you walk everywhere you go when you are there in training, it took me a while to get my bearings. I thought things were farther than they were…I guess it just seems that way when you are marching! LOL! Anyway my daughter-in-law and I put together the montage below. It is precious! And this is one proud mama!
As I said at the beginning I am filled with gratefulness this Thanksgiving season for the beauty God has brought from the ashes of the years our family struggled. I have prayed about how to share a portion of my testimony without being disrespectful to my family or telling sensitive information. I have made some wonderful friends here on MSN and really have tried to be transparent to all for the sake of witnessing for Jesus. Christianity is about a relationship not religion…it is about walking in intimacy with the Savior, becoming more Christ-like as we spend time sharing with Him and letting Him lead and guide our lives. It encompasses praise, thanksgiving, forgiveness and loving…all the things I know pleases my Lord!!!
So in telling you a little bit about where Jesus brought us from, my hope is that you will see His hand, not my strength to get through it. Because I am nothing without Him….In 2004 my husband of 12 years went to prison. He was military at the time and getting ready to retire so you can imagine the devastation to our family at the time. Loss of income, loss of our home and loss of a marriage and our family in every sense. There was emotional struggles with my four children. Each one having their own issues. It was like standing in the middle of a burnt down building with nothing left but burnt, black ashes. The shock, grief and loneliness of it all was sometimes excruciating but God ministered to me and my family through many who surrounded us during these last three years. I was a stay at home mom for 12 years so I was faced with providing for my family. But God provided over and abundantly!!!
During the last 3 years God has restored our income to almost what my husband brought home and provided us a wonderful home. He is restoring our family one day at a time. I could not possibly share with you all that He has done but I can tell you that with out a doubt I am standing today because of a God who promised He would never leave me nor forsake me. He has taken away the grief and brought joy. He has replaced fear with faith. And above all He preserved my hopes and dreams…even though I had forgotten them for a season.
These pictures I share with you in my photo albums and this montage is proof of a loving, patient God who gives more grace than I can possibly receive. And I can not even give back to Him what He has given to me…thank you does not seem adequate. But I know that when I lift up His name publicly to others, that is my Praise Offering, lifted up with hands that were formed in my mothers womb by Him!!!! And He smiles!
O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.