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Saturday, July 5, 2008

5 Years Ago Today

I married this man...
AND IN FIVE YEARS...
Had our firstborn Shelby and had to let her go be with Jesus (one of the saddest days of our life)...

We had our second born Morgan Hope (one of the most anticipated, joyful days of our life)...

She stole our hearts and our world...

I married a hunter and a man who truly is a warrior at heart. He is ALL boy....let's just say that!!

There is no changing him either ;)

I remember praying and praying asking God for this to be my husband. Through prayer the Lord confirmed that it was him. I knew it in my heart as well. There was something so different about him than any other man I had dated. He was strong, independent, and secure. I know the Lord has used that to make me more secure in the Lord since I have dealt with so much insecurity in my life.
We have been through a lot together good and bad. We have walked through the valley together and have had to rely on our faith in the Lord Christ to see us through our trials. There have been times when we both felt like giving up because marriage is hard. But we have just kept going.
God has changed me so much in the last five years and I know He will continue to. I have learned that iron sharpening iron is a painful thing at times when you live with someone and they see all of your flaws and call you out to help burn the fake out of you.
I have also learned most of all that as human and frail as we are...no one can meet our needs like the Lord Jesus. No one holds a candle to Christ and no man can ever be my false Christ. I am to look to the Lord to meet the deepest needs of my soul.
Isaiah 54:5
5 For your Maker is your husband—
the LORD Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.

I am so thankful for the love and forgiveness that has flown through Rod over me. He has been so loyal to me.

I pray that this will be the rule in our home as long as the Lord gives us years together:

Psalm 105:4
4 Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.

12 comments:

Sherry said...

OMGoodness. I have wet eyes. That was so sweet Jenny. I just love you! Lord, bless Rod and Jenny's marriage!!

I will miss you next week!!! :(

Heather said...

Happy anniversary girl! We will celebrate 5 years too this year! I pray you guys will have tons of blessings throughout the rest of your marriage and especially this next year!

Stephanie said...

Happy Anniversary- what a sweet post. Thanks for a great blog- I stop by often to see if you have written anything new. The Bible study post with Morgan was priceless:) I have a 2 year old girl (March 06) and can relate to a lot of your posts about parenthood. Have a great Sunday!

StaceyStace said...

That's wonderful! Praise God that He is in your marriage.

BethAnne said...

Congratulations!!! Sweet tribute to your husband AND to the Lord who brought you together.

Fran said...

Oh how I pray God continue to bless you, encourage you, strengthen you, bind you stronger, and be the thrill of your hearts!

Happy 5th Jenny and Rod!
Hugs~
Fran

Kelli said...

I ran across your blog a few weeks ago as I was searching for videos about Dr. Perry. It was such a "Godincidence"! God is truly using you to touch lives--including mine. After reading your blog, I decided to create my own online ministry for long distance friends and relatives and whomever might happen along, like I did with you. I so enjoy taking time each day to blog about moments that will be memories forever and capturing for my girls(2 yr old twins) what God is revealing to me. I definitely have a long way to go before I am as well versed and studied as you are, butI believe in the good work he has started and know that he will finish it. Praise God for you and the time you invest in this blog. Lives are being changed and his kingdom is being glorified through you. Sisters in Christ!

Maryanna said...

Happy Anniversary. 5 years sure did fly by. The Lord has brought y'all through a lot over the years and carried you through much of it. I love that Scripture you painted, and I'm praying that you and Rod live by that all the days of your precious lives together... and Morgan!

Ang baylis said...

Happy Anniversary (late) to you guys, Jenny! I will pray your marriage continues to get better every single day! You've already been through so much together! I pray you and I can both see our husbands like God sees us... with love and acceptance!
Much love to you!
Angie xoxo

ocean mommy said...

Happy Anniversary! What an incredible journey God has had you two take. I can only imagine what He is going to do with your marriage!

Blessings and prayers for many more years!

steph.

Gillispie Blog said...

SO sweet! You are an amazing woman and I know he feels just as blessed to have you!

connorcolesmom said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!
I love the pic of your hubby on your wedding day
May God continue to knit your hearts together
May he bless your marriage, family and life together
Love ya
Kim