My life in numbers: I am a life-long writer (since I could hold a pencil at age 5), a world traveler (40+ countries), a wife and mom of more than two decades, a career woman (2 different careers, to be exact), and a Christian of 30+ years. I’ve been blessed to know my closest friends nearly 40 years.
God’s plan was to have me wait for my husband until I was 33 years of age, (the same year
in which many scholars approximate Jesus’ age at resurrection). I had experienced a long
period of single-hood, including dating quite a few toads before my prince came along. There were times I despaired that God would ever grant me the desires of my heart: to be a wife and mom. As I waited (sometimes impatiently and with a mind of my own), I focused in on advancing my education, travel, and career. I had wonderful adventures, great experiences, and quite a few dark valleys. I gave my life to Christ in my 26th year and turned my life over to the Lord. Having been raised in a Catholic home, I’d had a pretty good primer on The Word of God, and the God of Judgment, but I was about to start a journey learning about a personal God who sent his son Jesus for me to have eternal life. I was forgiven, I was saved, not by my power, but by God’s grace, the power of Christ in the Holy Spirit. “For it is by grace you have been saved,through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8 What Good News this was!
Alas, God had quite a few more lessons to come my way, and more dark valleys to walk me through. Although I married a wonderful man, for the first 20 years of my marriage I somehow neglected to fully see that. I was struggling with some personal demons of my own regarding marriage, the relationship between husbands and wives, and what submission meant, not to mention questions about my own personal worth. I railed against the concept of submission–not only in marriage but in my relationship with God. Surrender was a nasty word in my lexicon.
God has put it on my heart (Titus 2) to share my journey: my fears, my sorrows, my stubbornness, my mistakes, my revelations, my joys. My journey has taught, disciplined, and refined me, so that perhaps I might be a blessing for a generation of younger women, and perhaps a few of my generation, who may have similar struggles. My journey is still in progress, as is my spiritual growth. Some of my posts may touch upon topics of marital intimacy, about which some may not be comfortable, but which is a crucial facet of the one-flesh relationship God had in mind. I will be in constant prayer that the Lord will guide my thoughts and words to be a blessing to all.
I’d like this to be a place of sharing, support, learning, encouragement, and love; an opportunity to bask in His Word, and glean the lessons that God has for us as women, as wives, as husbands, and as couples trying to live out a covenant relationship.