Your Story

glorify GodA couple times this week, I’ve heard people mention “your story” and how you can glorify God with it.

Christians talk about “your story” as how Jesus changed you. What was your life like before you dedicated it to Christ, and how are you different today?

Our pastor encouraged us to pray each morning: “God, if there is someone who needs to hear my story today, it will be my greatest joy to share it.”

I have been praying that this week and am excited to see how I can glorify God as He uses that prayer. Maybe I will share my story here sometime, but it’s really simple – and all about the fact that I’d be nothing without God. However, our pastor reminded us that the power is not in the person or the story, but in the God who entered that story.

No matter what your story is, it may be exactly what someone needs to hear.

Is Jesus part of your story? If you have any questions about what I believe, feel free to email me. I would love to talk with you!

Beyond the question above (which I think is the most important question), I also like to ask myself: How is God currently working in my life? I truly believe that everything (good or bad) we’ve been through has shaped who we are today. And the joys and trials of today are shaping us for who we will be in the future. As I mentioned in my post about hard times in marriage, I pray that those joys AND trials will cause me to grow closer to Jesus.

The leader of my mentorship group encouraged us to write down the little parts of our story that are happening today, so that we can look back and see how God used them in our lives. Although we don’t always see the full picture of things – and sometimes we never will – sometimes we are able to look back and say, wow God, now I can see why. Even when we have no idea the purpose for something, God knows all along, and it’s incredible when He reveals that purpose to us.

I want to start writing down those little parts of my story. There’s something I’m going through even now that I don’t exactly understand or know where God is taking me. However, I know one day I’ll be able to better understand, and I pray that I can glorify God in this time.

What is your story?

Hard Times in Marriage

hard times in marriageLast night, Hudson and I were up past midnight just laughing in bed about the most random things. I forget what was even so funny, but I love acting like little kids with my husband and waking up with a smile on my face knowing how blessed I am to be his wife. I just love the life we’ve built together so far.

This morning I was thinking: we still hopefully have close to 60 years together. 60 years is a long time which is AWESOME, but…things aren’t going to always be this easy. We’ve been generally blessed with an easy and wonderful life so far, but that doesn’t mean we will never have hard times in marriage. Most older couples I know have been through a LOT together and in the next 60 years, Hudson and I could go through just as much.

A car accident. Miscarriage. Cancer. Death of people close to us. The list of hard times in marriage goes on and on…

Will hard times in marriage make us or break us?

One thing I know for sure is that on June 2nd, 2012, I committed to “for better and for worse.” And through the hard times in marrige, I want my best friend by my side. I pray that through difficult things, Hudson and I will grow even closer to each other. And most of all, I pray that we’ll grow closer to Jesus and remain committed to Him.

At our wedding, we sang the song Never Once by Matt Redman, and I want to always remember the words:

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

God is always faithful to us. So when the hard times in marriage come – will I be devoted to Jesus and committed to my husband with everything I am? I sure hope so.

I spent this morning praying for our marriage and asking God to give Hudson and I strength to grow closer together during the hard times in marriage, rather than apart. I want to take more steps now to prepare us for adversity.

How have you prepared for hard times in marriage?

Easy Ham Pot Pie Recipe

ham pot pieThis shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Smithfield, but all my opinions are my own. #WeaveMade #GoAllNatural

Hudson and I made a delicious meal last night that I thought I’d share today! With back to school time being busy for Hudson working at the University of Maryland, we’ve been trying to develop a new routine – and part of that is coming up with new, easy and delicious recipes! This ham pot pie recipe is one of our new favorites :)

Easy Ham Pot Pie

  • 1 prepared pie crust
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 3 oz shredded cheese
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups frozen mixed veggies
  • 2 1/2 cups diced Smithfield All Natural ham

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