Saturday, November 5, 2016

How Do You Know?

I remember day after day thinking to myself, "How do you know?  How do you know who is the right person for you? Who is the right man that God wants you to marry?”
Too many days had been lonely. I might have been surrounded by people, but still feeling alone. I remember days just praying and crying on my way home from work, telling God how alone I was, and that I didn't want it to be this way. Was I supposed to get married some day? If I was...where was the guy? If a guy did come along, how would I know if he was "the one"?

Finally one day I gave up. I gave up my own search for "the one." I realized I needed to focus on me. I needed to try and be happy where I was right then in my life. Why was I so focused on something that hasn't come into my life yet? Why was I searching? I knew that God wanted the best for me, more than I wanted it for myself. He already knew I was lonely. He knew every tear that I would cry before they came down my face. I had to surrender my loneliness and future completely to Him! I still remember it like it was yesterday - the happiness I found when I wasn't searching for "the one" anymore. Yes, still lonely; but happy and assured in the fact that I knew when it was God's time,"the one" would find me.

That day then finally came! When a man by the name of Kent, started texting me. It may have taken a couple tries on his part to get me to actually talk to him (since I'm a little shy and not easy to talk to! haha), but thankfully he didn't didn't stop! I remember days then turning into weeks of texting, and then texting turning into actually talking face to face.

It began to get easier to talk to him, and then we realized all of the things we had in common. Then one day, it hit me! I could just feel it...this was "the one!” I had no question marks in my head...everything felt exactly right! I knew I was going to marry Kent Stetler. But wait...was I crazy? We hadn't even started dating yet!! No, I wasn't crazy! God knew all along that Kent was going to be "the one" for me and he was letting me know that this was the time and this was "the one" that God wanted me to to marry. We dated and everyday was just one more day of God showing me that this was His plan all along. I just needed to wait and surrender it to Him and He took care of the rest!

It was funny as Kent and I talked about things in our lives, we looked back and realized all of the places and events that we had both been at and hadn't even realized that the other one was there. We realized that at a wedding reception, we even sat at the same table, but neither one of us remember the other one being there - just the other people that sat there with us. That was a reminder to me of God's timing! It wasn't time for us to "meet" then!

The day finally came, November 7th, 2015, when Kent and I got married! I have loved every single day of this past year being married to him. Life may not always come easy to us, but I know I wouldn't want anyone else beside me, facing life, besides Kent! I sometimes lay awake at night and just thank God over and over for sending Kent into my life, and for letting me be so lucky to be his wife! God knew best - who was “the one” that I needed, and when I needed “the one” to show up in my life.

So you may be wondering, "How do I know? Who is the one?" It may not end this way for you. No one will have the exact same love story; but the point is, be patient. God knows how you feel. He sees your loneliness. He sees your heart's cry and the tears that may fall down your face. But remember, God knows who you need and when you need them! Who knows? They may be sitting at a table right across from you, but God will let you know in HIS TIME!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

You Encourage Someone Today!

Post something under this blog (in the comment section) 
that you think will encourage someone!
It can be anything.......a personal comment, a quote, a song, 
a poem, a joke to lighten the day,...anything!
Just post whatever encourages you and will encourage others! :)

God Is There Beside You!

The thunder is rolling in
And the lightning strikes at your heart
Don't worry, don't give up
God is there beside you.

You feel like your all alone
And this journey is so long
Don't worry, don't give up
God is there beside you.

He has a shield around you,
He will protect you,
He is your best friend,
Lean on Him.
So don't worry, don't give up
He is there beside you!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hymn of Encouragment

I love this verse of this Hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness.

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, 
    Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
    Strength for TODAY and bright hope for TOMORROW 
    Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

    Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
    Morning by morning new mercies I see.
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
    Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.

Words by: Thomas O. Chisholm

Monday, April 18, 2011

'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

1. 'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just to Take Him at His Word,
    Just to rest upon His promise,
    Just to know; "Thus saith the Lord."

3. Yes 'tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just from sin and self to cease,
    Just from Jesus simply taking Life and rest,
    and joy and peace.

4. I'm so glad I learned to trust Thee,
    Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
    And I know that Thou art with me,
    Wilt be with me to the end!

    Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
    How I've proved Him o'er and o'er!
    Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
    O for grace to trust Him more!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Words from "God Calling"

I read these words in my devotional book called God Calling and they were really encouraging to me and I hope they are to you too!

Know Me
"I am here. Seek not to know the future. Mercifully I veil it from you. Faith is too priceless a possession to be sacrificed in order to purchase knowledge. But Faith itself is based on a knowledge of Me. So remember that this evening time is not to learn the future, not to receive revelation of the Unseen, but to gain an intimate knowledge of Me which will teach you all things and be the very foundation of your faith."

                                                                   Wonders Will Unfold
"I am with you. Do not Fear. Never doubt My Love and Power. Your heights of success will be won by the daily persistent doing of what I have said. Daily, steady drops of water, so will your daily persistence wear away all the difficulties and gain success for you, and secure your help for others. Never falter, go forward so boldly, so unafraid. I am beside you to help and strengthen you. Wonders have unfolded. More still will unfold, beyond your dreams, beyond your hopes. Say "All is well" to everything. All is well!"
God Calling by: A. J. Russell 

Thursday, March 24, 2011


"We all possess the thunder of pure fury and the calm breeze of tranquility.  If it wasn't for tomorrow, how much would we get done today?  Whatever your purpose... embrace it completely.  Get lost in the clouds every now and then so you never lose sight of God's wonder."  ~Paul Vitale