Today, one of this month's sponsors, Jamie, is sharing a little bit about her family and a time that she consulted God's guidance, instead of her own. I love reading stories of people that follow God's will into an unknown or perhaps "undesirable" place and find they were meant to be there all along.
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Growing up, I always dreamed of marrying a tall, dark, and handsome man.
I found him my first year out of college and fell for him immediately. His name was Jeff and I thought we were perfect for each other. But right away, he had news for me that would stop me dead in my tracks. He had two children from a previous marriage.
It was not part of my fairytale dream I had growing up.
You will never find a young girl who tells you she can’t wait to grow up and meet the man of her dreams, one who comes with children from a previous marriage.
I almost walked away, feeling this was not the man God had intended for me to spend my life with. I grew up with divorced parents and that was not the life I wanted to walk in to. I wasn’t strong enough to live the life of a step parent, or so I thought.
I began to pray about the direction I needed to take and the more I prayed, the more I was led back to Jeff. I almost walked away, but I couldn't.
The Lord revealed to me that I really was strong enough. I just needed His guidance, not my own.
I asked for it and He gave it to me.
Jeff and I married two years later, in 2007.
It remains to be one of the greatest days of my life. I promised my life to not only Jeff, but also his two children. We were an immediate family and I became something I never knew I had the strength to be — a step mom.
It is still one of the hardest jobs I’ve had in my life, but I always consider it a huge blessing.
Now, five months after the birth of my third child, we are a family of seven!
I can’t imagine what life would be like for me without each one of these precious people, and I’m so thankful God gave me the strength and guidance I so desperately prayed for eight years ago.
We have experienced so many ups and downs with the trials we have faced as a blended family. Jeff and I have had to lean on each other more than I ever imagined, but these trials have only intensified our bond and made our marriage that much stronger.
My marriage isn't the typical union, but it's one I'm thankful for every day. I'm always thankful I never walked away and I'm even more thankful I listened to His direction.