Tuesday, May 12, 2009

~Hope In Him~

Psalm 42:5-6
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Where else should the believer place her hope? No human has power to turn her life around without Jesus. No solution lies beyond Him, and He never pushes her away. When the world becomes harsh, she will receive His gentle encouragement. Though you wait long, and the path seems hard, hold on to Jesus. Words of praise will pass your lips as you see His salvation accomplished. Your God will never let you fall. (Pamela McQuade - Everyday Encouragement)

I have thought about this for several weeks now and I have decided that since many of you weren't readers from the beginning...I want to re-run my life story for you to read. This will shed more light on what has molded and made me into the person that I am today...one who holds tightly to Jesus' hand. I trust in Him and He has never failed me!

So, for the next few post...I will have re-runs. If you haven't ever read my story...please do.

My Love Story...A Rough Beginning

I want to begin my love story with it's rough...turbulent beginning some 26 years ago. This would be one of many bad choices that I made, the consequences that I suffered and God's mercy, grace, forgiveness and restoration that is evident in my life.

I married my high school sweetheart 3 weeks after I graduated from high school in 1981. My parents, as any good parent would do, tried to talk me out of marrying him because (1) he wasn't a Christian, (2) went to church only to please me and my parents...prior to marriage (didn't go any after we married)and (3) my dad knew that he did not have the means to provide for his "little girl". Well, like any stubborn, head-strong, independent teenager...I didn't listen and thought they didn't know what they were talking about. My daddy begged me to reconsider and not marry him. As much as I loved and respected my daddy....still thought I knew what I was doing. Remember, I was only 18 years old at the time. When I look back now...I can honestly say "what was I thinking getting married at 18 years old"....I was just a child.

When I say that my parents knew best....they knew best. I was married a little over a year when we separated for the first of many, many times before we finally divorced in 1987. Those separations would last anywhere from 1 week to 3 months. However, each time I took him back, let him move back home or I moved back home to him. I was usually the one who left but with a little sweet talking, treating me with respect and going to church....I would go back home. There was a time after we had been separated for 6 weeks that things seems to really have changed and I went home again. Our marriage finally felt right and we decided to have a baby and about 10 months later....we had Brandon. The joy and happiness was short lived and we were separated again before he was 6 months old and this time it lasted for 3 months.

What led up to the final separation was his drinking and staying out all night on the weekends. I absolutely hated to see Friday come! For most working people....they live for Friday but I hated them because I knew that he would stay out drinking all night on both Friday and Saturday. He would come home from work on Friday, take a shower and go out alone. He didn't even take me with him before I had a baby and he certainly didn't after either. We had a sense of normalcy on Sunday through Thursday and by all outward appearances...we were just another normal family. Between the explosive fights, verbally abusive, demeaning remarks, staying out all night and physical threats....I knew my marriage was finally over.

To make matters worse, not that they needed to be any worse...he was having an affair with my best friend's little sister, who I used to help babysit. Despite, all the denials and the lack of proof, I knew in my heart that they were guilty. It wasn't until many years later that she admitted that what I suspected was actually true and truly apologized for her part.

Note: God is an AWESOME God who wants to restore even the most painful parts of our lives. After many years...God did just that...He restored my relationship with my friends and healed our friendship. Never under estimate the power of forgiveness and restoration when God does it. I would do anything for both of these precious ladies that are still apart of my life, thoughts and prayers. I love them dearly.

As much as I had hoped and prayed that things would change and my marriage would be saved...it was not going to happen. It takes two people that are committed to have a successful marriage. This was the hardest decision that I had to make up to this point in my life. I was raised to believe and I knew what God's word said about divorce. I know God hates divorce but loves the divorcee.

Malachi 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the Lord God of Israel....

Matthew 19:9 "I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for martial unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."

I was miserable and I was exposing my young son to a life that I didn't want for him. I knew that being a single parent would be very hard, however, I knew that I could provide a more stable environment for him without my husband in the same house. It took 6 years for me to get to the point in my life that I would rather live alone than live in my marriage the way that it was. I had to wait until I knew in my heart that I had done all that could be done to save my marriage and I was at complete peace with my decision.

I made many bad choices leading up to this point of my life and I suffered the consequences of my own actions. I had to take responsibility for my choices, not his. God's Word says in

II Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers....

Regardless of my intentions, hopes and prayers that I could change him or things would change after we were married...I disobeyed God's Word and I suffered miserably for it. In the midst of the consequences for disobeying God's Word....He blessed me with a precious, healthy gift....my son, who I would not trade to avoid all the suffering during that 6 year period. That was a blessing from God in the midst of painful consequences for my disobedience. When it was all said and done....there were enough red flags that went all the way back to our dating years that should have told me even if I had not know God's Word that said "don't do it!".

Did God love me regardless of my bad choices? Yes.

Did God bless me, provide for me and protect me, even though, I made bad choices? Yes.

I repented back in the early days of my marriage but it was a choice that I had to live with and deal with the consequences of my actions that has affected my life ever since.

Next post: The Divorce

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. always good to hear how God has been leading and directing you (even in the re-runs!) love ya. -Laurie

  2. I had never read this...thanks for sharing.

  3. God bless you for sharing my friend, love you.

  4. Looking forward to your continued sharing...

  5. Boy, if we would have listened to our parents!

    I did the same thing a 18 and moved to Texas with the dreams of living happily ever. There are time I blame myself, because of the divorce for the way my son deals with life today.

    Thank you for sharing.

    love and hugs~Tammy

  6. Jennifer,

    It's great that you shared so much of your personal life so openly. It will help other realize that we were never perfect and we have made all the wrong choices growing up, but we live again only through our faith in God.

    He alone was the only person who would never leave us, always thinks the best of us, and loves us unconditionally no matter what.

    Your story is very similiar to mine. Funny thing was I was thinking about doing the very same thing.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  7. God bless you friend. That sounds like some horrible times of trials and pain. I am grateful for the wonderful things God has done since then!

  8. As you pour your heart before us may God be glorified as He has loved you and been with you even during hard times. I am blessed and privileged to read a portion of your journey dear sister. Love you.

  9. Our God is a merciful God who loves the sinner and hates the sin. Like Romans 8:28, all things work together for good to them that love the Lord... It does not say all things are good... but He will work it for good... our bad choices, sins, rebellion, he will work it for good... I look forward to reading the rest of your life story...

    God bless you

  10. Hey Jennifer, thank you for sharing that with us. I understand the reaping of consequences, along with how God can heal and restore in the most amazing ways. You are probably the most amazed person at what He has done in your life, because you know the hurt and pain that was there, and what you had done and been through. Sometimes I think, "Lord, if I hadn't made all these mistakes and gone through all these painful situations, I would never know the magnitude of your grace." Words can't explain Him sometimes, can they? He is so good. Thank you again Jennifer, that blessed my heart tremendously. Especially the reconciliation with your friends. Love, Pam

  11. Jennifer... what an awesome post. A hard thing to write about.

    My mum made the same decision with us many years ago... and she was effectively a single mum with 4 kids after the divorce as he never supported his family whilst married/divorced. The only daddy I have ever known has been my spiritual daddy.

    You've done the right thing for you and your child. You are in my prayers.

    Much love from another Jennifer x

  12. Hey Jenn ... I am READY for next friday! I will also need to get back into town. It is graduation night that night and Jordans girlfriend is graduating in Osceola so we will have to drive over there. I don't know about a meeting place...have you been able to talk Laurie Ann about it? If we could determine the town maybe we could google what eating places are there. and then go from there with the plan. -love ya.

  13. Jenn, I'm so sorry for what you endured. I'm so thankful for the blessing God gave you, though, and for the restoration of your friendships. Can't wait to read the next installment...and I can't wait til the 22nd!


Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. As we ride "Through the Storms of Life" together, chances are...your situation is different than mine. However, we serve the same awesome God, King of Kings who is in complete control and it all belongs to Him anyway...He wants to give you the very best. Be encouraged my friend, God loves you!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit me at "Through the Storms of Life".


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