I have a T-Shirt somewhere that says “Dream Big. Start Small.” And that is my intention. With a BIG DREAM in my head and a prayer in my heart, the plan is to start small then grow. As my blog grows, I want to hear what you have to say. It is important that I am writing about what you feel you need to hear.
Fair Warning: some of what I have to say will not be easy to swallow. My goal is to facilitate growth. Growth means that sometimes you have to push your way through the dirt before you become a flower
With that, I am almost 30 years old; a wife of a preacher. My husband, Jay, and I are a little unconventional. He is 18 years older than me … I’ll let that sink in for a second.
Got it? … Good.
Even though there is an age difference, he is my bestest friend. Our favorite things to do include: serving our Father (GOD), playing games, and cuddles (although, I think I enjoy the cuddles more). God put him in my life during dark days. With his encouragement to keep the faith, I made it to sunlight. He fell in love with me at my worst, and he absolutely loves me at my best.
Jay has a teenaged daughter, a fiery red-head I adore. We met when she was 13 and she didn’t like me much, but after some trials, we love each other. I don’t expect her to see me as a mom figure, and I’m Ok with it, but in my heart she’s my daughter. We live in Mineola, TX, a few minutes away from her. She is in our prayers and we think of her daily. (In case you’re wondering: No, we don’t have children of OUR own … yet.)
I am the pet mom of three adorable fur babies. Sugar, the black and white Papillion, is the oldest, but acts like the youngest with the biggest personality. Whitney, the black dachshund mix, is the middle and her more than 12.5 years show on her. Whitney has been my baby since the day she was born; we have been through a lot together. She is the most loyal of the bunch. Honey, the blonde pup, is our youngest at 10ish. She is a bit skittish and acts tough, but deep down she is my honey bear.
Ok … Me, I’m a Work in Progress
You should know: I am an odd duck. For instance, I’m looking forward to my 30s.
I’ve experienced love and abuse. Both my parents served in the Air Force. Because of that: Texas is state #7, that I’ve lived in. I’ve seen the Space Needle, walked on Hawaiian beaches, cried at the Grand Canyon, and gazed upon Mt. Rushmore. My parents had very different upbringings and it was reflected in how they raised us. Us: I am the middle of three. I have spent most of my adult life serving children.
My favorite color is purple. I loathe doing dishes, but I enjoy the laundry. At the moment, I live in an RV, which is a blessing because it gives us the flexibility to go where we think God wants us. I LOVE Church! Worshiping with brothers and sisters fills my heart! It gives me joy when a Church works in their community. Jesus meets people where they are; I believe the Church should too.
However, I think the most important thing I can tell you is I’m a work in progress. You know 1Timothy 1:15:
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
As a young adult, I remember reading this and sobbing because … that’s me. You know? That feeling of undeserved grace and forgiveness, the humbling love and favor God gives. HE came to save me. I had been treated as if I was worthless so many times, I believed the lie. But the Lord tells me every day: I am loved.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
I Hope You Like it Here
I think that is all I have to say about me at this time. So I wish to leave you with my theme verse. It is the verse that reminds me of His love and that He is always at work – even in the hard times. This verse empowers me to reach for Him and use my anguish as a benefit not only for myself but for those around me.
Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. Isaiah 38:17
Thank You for reading my blog. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Hope You like it Here.
*Hugs and Love* Y’all,
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