You are the Grace of My Life

Thursday, January 12, 2012

It is getting harder to find time to write as the semester has switched gears to full speed. I feel like my planner is overflowing with assignments and there is no end in sight, however May 5th is right around the corner. In the midst of the chaos and business of this past week, I have had a few really sweet memories.
Moments that I cherish. 

This past week at Kairos, Mike Glenn spoke about letting our yes be yes and our no be no. He also in his prayer time talked about God pouring out His love in our lives through other people. I don't often think of this, however this past week, I felt God's love and faithfulness in my life in a way that was more than usual. 
The bible says : "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." 
While I have often doubted the truth of this verse, God has proven himself to be faithful.

I will soon celebrate 1 year of being with Andrew (356 whole days!). While we have been friends for over 3 years, and 1 year sounds like nothing, it truly has been an incredible year for so many reasons. I speak of it often, but this past year for me truly has been such a blessing. 
Andrew has no doubt added so much to my life. He has lovingly embraced me right where I am and continues to encourage and support me as I am on a daily journey to wholeness and am trying to pursue all that the Lord has for me. 

This past week, in the midst of the business, I shared some of my favorite memories with him.

This past week:
One night, we packed up our things, bundled up and went downtown for a long walk/cool ride/adventure- actually, this was a trip for me to use my new camera and get better at taking pictures, and he was so patient with me. We shared a lot of laughs as usual, enjoyed the time downtown, and ended our night with an "old" but favorite place of ours for a late night snack- waffle house (romantic eh?) but really, this place has some really sweet memories of ours.
Here are a few of my favorite shots from our trip downtown. 
The walking bridge

A view from the top of the hotel where Andrew works downtown


Another sweet moment of this week was Tuesday night as we went back to Kairos. It felt great to be back, as it had been awhile from break. Throughout the topic of the night, Mike Glenn used his wife as an example in him saying Yes. In saying Yes to his wife, this meant that he said no to everyone else. As he so often does, he smiled and was glowing as he said how he only loves her more each and everyday. As I began to think about what he was saying, and the power of the word yes, I realized that I never thought I would be at a place, or with someone where in saying yes, I would be more than content and happy to say yes to that one person and no to everyone else. I pray that my love will continue to grow, so that 50 years from now, I will have a relationship with Andrew that  continues to look forward and never looks back. 
We spent quiet time in prayer that night with our palms down, signifying letting go of the past, our hurts, mistakes, and failures. We then put our palms up and asked the Lord for the things we need, and being open to all the Lord has for us in the coming year. It has been a crazy week and these few moments to reflect, and truly spend time with the Lord were much needed and I am so thankful for this time and for the chance to share in these moments with Andrew. 

Another favorite moment of the week was one I was never expecting. I was getting ready to go to my regular appointment with my counselor, I asked Andrew if he wanted to sit in with me. We have joked about this before, but I was serious when I asked. He responded with a smile and said if I wanted him there he would be glad to be there. I was surprised, a bit nervous, but was ready to have him share in something that has so helped me. In talking to my counselor about my present fears/hurt/ life situations, I almost forgot Andrew was in the room, and it was a bit scary wondering what he was thinking as I was pouring my heart out, however I realized he knew most of this. In saying that, I realized just how much I can share with him. I am thankful for his support, his understanding, and encouragement to me as I am trying to pursue all that the Lord has for me right now.  He thanked me when we got out of there, and in my head I felt like I should be thanking him. He told me how much he appreciated my sensitivity and encouraged me in telling me how far he thinks I have come. He truly is my best friend and I am so thankful for the people God has placed in my life as I am getting through this season of life. God has truly healed and continues to put pieces of my heart and life together. 

Last but not least, a night of no homework and a night off work for Andrew made room for a night to cook at home. I cooked this time, which was not the usual, but I made a surprise dessert for both of us. 

My favorite 

Poppyseed Chicken
While the dinner was good, and the dessert even better, my favorite part of the night was a spontaneous, silly, romantic, but perfect dance with my love in the kitchen to one of our songs. 

It's the sweet moments like this where I want to freeze time

For all the moments where I doubted God's ability and desire to give me the things I have always wanted, He has far outdone everything I have dreamed of and wanted in a person. I have been envious of marriages where they are each others' best friend, and often felt this would never be possible for me. I was wrong. God has started a love story, that I truly could not have written better.
I am in love with my best friend and cannot imagine it any other way.

God truly has shown me a lot over the past year. 
Through Andrew he has shown me His love, His faithfulness and His grace

I am so thankful for the blessing that Andrew is and I am excited to see our story continue to unfold. God has been so good to me. 


  1. I've said it so many times, but it deserves repeating..... He is such a Faithful God and delights in giving us the desires of our heart. I too thank God for bringing Andrew into your life and into our lives as well.
    As God writes your love story, I sit in anticipation and watch as the curtain opens and the play unfolds. Love the story....and I love the pictures. What a great blog. But more than that...... I love the spirit and smile that I feel as you write this.

  2. Wow...that was an awesome blog. I'm so happy for you and Andrew... I have a visual of you dancing in the kitchen, and must say I'm envious of the special relationship you have with Andrew. And that dessert... Great job!! Love you. Praying for you often. :)


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