Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
God's good gifts...showing up in a wedding
On January 2nd, one of my best friends was married. Jolene and I met in 9th grade when I moved to Wisconsin. We always laugh because we were going to the same church and each Sunday her mom would make her come talk to me because I was the “new girl”. She would ask me the same questions every time, and I would give the same answers. Finally we went on a youth activity together and had a sleepover and the rest is history. We were able to be friends throughout high school and college and have continued a close relationship even though we live thousands of miles away from each other. Jolene is one of those friends that whether you talk every week or have to catch up after months...it’s always the same. She has been a constant spiritual encouragement to me and an example of a single person who constantly seeks to have her satisfaction in Christ instead of living a discontented life wishing for something that is not part of God’s plan. I have prayed often for her to find a wonderful man because I am so happily married to Rob and wished for her to have the same joy. In April, she met Jesse Hiltz online....I know...it sounds a little scary...but it is amazing the means God uses to bring two people together. They totally hit it off and were engaged in October. Then I received a phone call....January 2nd...wow...I hadn’t planned on a trip to Canada that soon, but I was so excited that the Lord was leading them together and they would not have to wait through a long engagement. The wedding was incredible - so perfect - and Jolene was a beautiful bride! I was so thankful to meet Jesse and see all the wonderful things in person that Jolene had been telling me. He really treats her like a queen and I couldn’t be happier for them. I know he will lead her in her walk with God and am so thankful to see God answer this long-time prayer request. He is always good and would have been good if her never brought Jesse along. But how sweet to see Him rejoice over His children and give them such wonderful gifts to enjoy.