Answered Prayers

As I wrote in my prayer journal this morning during my devotions, I was suddenly stopped dead in my tracks. For years, quite literally 10 years, I have prayed for my future husband. Last year when I started using a journal during my devotions and prayer time, my future husband was close to the top of the list. I would pray for the sick, my church, the country, and then my future husband. Every day, without fail, just waiting for the man that God had for me without knowing his name. Fast forward to this morning, well actually the last seven mornings of devotions. No longer do I have to write “future husband” without a name attached. Beginning last Wednesday morning, I have been able to write Isaac each and every morning. I am excited to continue to spread the word that that man that I met just 2 months and 11 days ago, that God sent me at just the right moment  asked me to be his wife one week ago today.

Last Tuesday, on a regular day, I got a text saying that we would be going on an adventure to one of the local waterfalls with Isaac’s brother and future sister-in-law, who received a new camera for Christmas and wanted to try it out. Although, I was already at work and not exactly dressed for the cool, central New York weather, I agreed to go along anyway. When he picked me up at work, he seemed a bit more flustered than usual, but I let it go. We then met up with the other couple and started walking the trails. We ended up at a beautiful bridge that ran across the river right at the waterfalls after taking pictures for Elijah and Brandy, it was our turn on the bridge. As we got to the middle of the bridge, Isaac gave me a hug, told me he loved me, he wanted to spent the rest of his life with me, pulled out a box, got down on one knee, and asked to marry him. I don’t think he was able to take a breath before I said yes and almost knocked him over with a hug and a kiss.

We have a bit of an nontraditional story as far as meeting, dating, and getting engaged goes, considering the timing of it all, but I have never been more sure of anything in my life. God lets you know when He’s sent you His will. If you are living in it, that’s all that matters!

You Were Everything I Was Looking For…

“You were everything I was looking for, when I wasn’t even looking.”

As I stumbled across this quote on Pinterest the other day, I couldn’t help but laugh. The last several months have been some of such trial, heartache, and finally hope.

Just three months ago, I was crying about the most recent almost. It was difficult, but mostly left me feeling very alone. Not knowing how to move on or what comes next. As I struggled with what life will be if God is calling me to be alone, I only could find peace through prayer. Those still small whispers that God had just protected and that I just need to have faith. God will provide. I had come up with a game plan of finishing my masters, then finding a new job, then moving out within the next two-three years. Being independent and finding my way on my own. I fully trusted and place my heart and all of its desires in God’s hands. Having no idea where it would take me next. Then on November 2nd, my whole world changed.

On that beautiful Sunday morning, I walked into my small town church to see my future standing in front of me. A new guy, a gorgeous stranger, presumably my age, standing right there filling his coffee cup. I praise God everyday for my outgoing personality, for without it, I would not have the wonderful man that God sent that day in my life. I introduced myself, I showed him where the Sunday School class was, and I sat with him in church. Hours later we were Facebook messaging and two days later, we were texting. Now, five weeks later, we have been out on several dates, have spent time getting to know each other and our families, and have been officially dating for just over two weeks. I have never been happier to see God work.

Everyone was right! The moment I stopped looking,God dropped him right in front of me. The one that I know my heart has been waiting for. God has shut many doors in both of our lives. Some of them that are very painful to look back on. Some that have caused insecurity and worry. Some that have affected our trust of other people and each other. Some that we may disagree that they should have been closed. And others that we are thankful that God spared us from the heartache that could have been caused. All the closed doors led us to each other. I thank God every day for bringing him into my life and I don’t think I’ll ever stop. God’s timing is perfect. Two months ago, two years ago, or even two days before I wouldn’t have been ready for the incredible man of God that He has sent me to share life with. I have no idea what the future holds, but I know that anytime I get to share with him will be the best I have ever had.

Summer Is Over

Summer is over…Those three words evoke more feeling in me than possibly ever before. What a summer it has been! What a spring and summer it has been really since I haven’t posted since February. These last two seasons have been some of the most crazy in my life. I had been teaching preschool, but am now looking forward to teaching kindergarten this fall. For me as a student and now, a teacher, I always have looked at fall as another opportunity to change, move on, and keep on. This fall is no different.

This fall I am looking forward with fear, anticipation, sadness, and hope. My summer was beautiful, but challenging. This summer I said good bye to friends as I left my job and moved (AGAIN!). I walked away from relationships that weren’t right and finally let go of some bitterness that threatened to steal my joy each day. I fought for the things I believed in and loved on those that were hurting. I have made mistakes but regret nothing. I have experienced life this summer, really this year, in a way that was more fulfilling than ever before.

And again, I turn to fall a changed person. I feel things and people that meant so much becoming less of a controlling factor in life. I feel God’s calling more and more each day simply asking for obedience. I feel God’s nudges toward open doors even though I can’t see past the threshold. I feel my faith growing stronger and my doubt shrinking each day. I am so excited for this new season of life just as much as I am thankful for the last. I pray for an amazing school year with my kindergartners and opportunities to bless so many through the doors that God has opened.

Enjoy the season God has blessed you with and make every moment count as that is all that is guaranteed.

Enough

Standing in front of a congregation full of people on Sunday morning, less than a week before Valentine’s Day, belting out “Enough” by Chris Tomlin, had  a powerful impact on my single heart.

For as long as I can remember, I have been looking, hoping, praying, and chasing after that special someone, never quite knowing who he is,  where he is, or when God will bring him into my life. During my adolescence, it was easy to shrug this off as being boy crazy to those around me. However, for whatever reason  sometime between 18 and 20, my singleness became noticeable to those around me. I have date a few guys, but nothing serious. Finally, as I graduated college last spring, everyone around me  began to feel bothered that I had not found anyone and assume that I chronically depressed by it.  

I want to say that I am not sad that I am single before I say anything more. With Valentine’s Day coming, this is a hot topic. Most people who are single take the stance of “I HATE THIS DAY!” or “Obviously, it was created to make single people even more sad.” But, for anyone that knows me, I don’t hate Valentine’s Day. I mean, it is a commercialized, made-up holiday, but there is nothing wrong with a day to remind people to say “I love you”. Plus, I love any excuse to eat copious amounts of candy! 🙂

Due to the season, more and more articles pop up on Facebook, my news homepage, and Twitter about being single, what to say to single people, what not to say to single people, and how to stop being single. Some are light-hearted, while others are meant to be taken seriously. I have read non-Christian and Christian takes on the topic as well. The one item above all else that always gets me in these articles and my every day life is what do you say to a single person?

For years, I have struggled with how I want people to respond when something is said about my singleness. I have never cared for the standard:

1. He’s out there somewhere.

2. It will happen for you someday.

3. You deserve someone great and they haven’t found you yet.

Anyway, back to Sunday morning… As I stood up on that stage, praising God, I realized, I finally knew what I want people to say whenever my being single, for whatever reason, comes up…I want people to remind me that GOD IS ENOUGH! That is a reminder that should never get old or cliche’. GOD IS ENOUGH! No imperfect human will make my life complete enough without God. No imperfect human will make me content enough without God. No imperfect human will make money, success, hopes, and dreams enough without God. GOD IS ENOUGH! God using imperfect people to make our lives feel complete and help us be content, but without God those people may not be in our lives. GOD IS ENOUGH! I still pray every day for that man that God has set aside for me. However, my prayers for him have gotten to that I want him to know that GOD IS ENOUGH! I have faith that he is out there, but until then GOD IS ENOUGH!

So to sum up all my ramblings, Single does not equal sad. Single does not equal alone. Single does not equal unloved. Valentine’s Day is good. Candy is good.  GOD IS ENOUGH!

25 Ways To Make Your Life Better Immediately

Thought Catalog

1. Listen to “The Circle Of Life.” Seriously, it’s like a musical version of caffeine. Once that naaaaaaaaaaaa sevenyaaa hits, you’re awake, you’re refreshed, you’re alive. This song makes a great alarm if you want to wake up feeling amazing every morning – just be prepared to have the “pink pajamas, penguins on the bottom” part stuck in your head all day.

2. Stop answering the calls you don’t want to answer, replying to texts you don’t want to reply to, and saying yes to the invites you don’t want to attend. It may be hard to say “no thanks” or ignore a person, but if you feel the urge to, there’s usually a reason for that… And even if you’re just being an antisocial homebody, that’s your prerogative!

3. If someone you hang out with is content going nowhere in life and doing the things you guys did five…

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