Trust…

This is so true for Daniel and I, especially as we approach our 2 year mark of stepping out of the boat–our comfort zone! God has seen us through SO much in the past 2 years and we stand so much stronger in Him! We both can attest to “He never leaves you and never forsakes you.” There is always a Bigger Plan–trust Him!

Timing is Everything

There is a time for everything-a time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, a time to rejoice, a time to press forward and a time to be still.  The list can go on and on.  During these times, I encourage you to rest assured that the Lord is still in control.  We may not see the big picture but He does.  We may not know the end result, but He does.

In His perfect time, all things are made beautiful!

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Our Love Story

Dan and I both grew up in the same church but somehow we always seem to miss each other–when he was in the youth group, I wasn’t; when I got to youth group, he was off to college; when he came back, I set out for college!  But little did we know that God had a plan for us.  Skip a few years and our paths finally crossed.

It was the Spring of 1998 and God was working on us, individually.  Dan and a couple of friends went to a church service during the month of April in Pensacola, Florida.  Would you believe that he was praying for his wife?  His prayer was simple–whatever she was going through that the Lord would help her.  He didn’t know at the time that simple prayer, was removing a mountain in my life and preparing my heart to meet him, all while I was away at school in Pennsylvania. This night was our game changer and we didn’t even know it yet!  But God had a plan.

A month later, I came home for the summer and I remember my mom saying to me there was this really great guy that I should meet and how sweet he is and kind and the list went on and on…But how many girls out there really want to hear their mom say, “hey you need to meet this guy because your dad and I really like him?” That was already a non-starter!

A few weeks later, I actually joined the worship team that he lead at our home church and was part of the back up singers. Little did I know this was where the “magic” would take place.  I started to notice how he treated other people, how he encouraged others, I saw his heart that was always ready to give, I saw just how much Jesus meant to him–to me that was the icing on the cake! Even still, I thought–“he was definitely not meant for me”–he was four years older, he already graduated from college and into his career–I was now starting out; he was into working out–let’s just say I simply wasn’t at the time; and for crying out loud, this guy didn’t even listen to hip hop or R&B (that has definitely changed since), so c’mon?

A lot of times we often run from the things we need most in life, don’t we?

Let me say this, Dan and I did meet a few of the “wrong” people before we found each other–It didn’t just happen by the snap of our fingers either.  But I encourage you to stay focused.  Know your worth.  Know what you want in a relationship.  Don’t settle. Trust and pray for that person that will come alongside you to help you not bring you down.  Be proud of who you want to do life with. Think about what will my love story sound like when I tell my kids?

Dan did officially ask me out by the end of that summer and I did actually say yes.  I figured I would stop running from what I already knew in my heart was meant to be. He already was filled with all the characteristics that I always dreamed of to find in a husband and I was already filled with what Dan needed his wife to be. I wish I could share with you all every detail of that evening and every detail of our life together since but we have now been married 16 1/2 years and have 3 beautiful little girls.  As we walk through life together I am so thankful that God had that perfect plan for us.  We definitely love each other more every day that goes by, need each other, support each other, compliment each other’s strengths/weaknesses and most importantly for me–I am still very fascinated by his love for Jesus. 💕

(story written by the wife, I’m sure the husband has a different tale to tell)

 

Here’s to 2016

December 31st and as we all look back through the days and months of all we did and didn’t accomplish this year–I’m personally challenged to focus on all the “good” I was blessed with in 2015. It’s far too easy to focus on all the “I should haves,” “I could haves,” or the “I wish I had”! For a few moments I extend a challenge to you to stop focusing on all those statements but rather think on all the blessings that did happen throughout 2015! You might find that there were more “good” in 2015 than you even realize.                                   

  Here’s to a 2016 filled with love, joy, peace and prosperity! 

Love and God bless! 💕

Blessed to Be A Blessing!

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As our family cuddled up to a roaring fire that keeps us warm in the blustery cold temperature we are experiencing this winter, I hear conversations of cleaning out closets and donating items we no longer use and it puts a proud smile on my face to know that Dan and I have passed on the trait of blessing others to our kids.

Throughout our life together we have always lived by this old adage, Blessed to Be A Blessing.  I remember when Alyssa was born, we didn’t have to buy clothes for her for the first two years of her life.  People would constantly give her clothes! It would be so much that I ended up passing on to friends and family members that were expecting and I ended up saving some too incase we had another girl.  It was then we decided to start a tradition of sorts.  Dan and I found that since people blessed our first little one, we would do the same for other parents-to-be.  It had touched our hearts so much we felt we had to extend the blessing.  We later had Alaina, and her blessing didn’t come in clothes, rather diapers! I kid you not.  We didn’t need the clothes because we had from Alyssa, so her blessing came in diapers.  People would buy diapers for her, slip us money to purchase what we needed and it always fell right around the time she needed diapers. Now our third bundle of joy came around and you are probably wondering what could we possibly be blessed with now? Well would you believe if I told you formula?  Yes–Formula!  I don’t go around saying this is what I want or this is what she needs but it just fell into place.  She will be five months soon and honestly we have only bought her one can of formula.  Just this past week she started drinking more milk and the formula goes, oh so quickly, and with each scoop, a little prayer would slip into my heart over this blessing.  Lo and behold, before the last bottle was made someone blessed us with a check to buy her four cans of formula.

I challenge you to look at your life and see where you are being blessed. We are often reminded to count our blessings but let’s dig a little deeper and be that blessing to others.  How are you or your family being blessed?  Is it at work, does someone buy you coffee or lunch out of the blue, does someone encourage you daily or just has showered you with things that you needed to get through this life? Are you willing to show the same grace and favor that was shown to you? For us, we have seen the pattern with our children so we have extended that same blessing that was given to us to others. Our desire as a family is to Be So Blessed that we may in turn Be a Blessing to others!

Proverbs 11:25 (MSG)  The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.

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