A couple of months ago, I shared with you for the first time a little bit about my story and what has gone on behind the scenes the past ten years. In all honesty, during the worst times when my marriage was so broken, I was embarrassed, and I didn’t want anyone to know what was going on behind the four walls of my home. During a very short period, my barely three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, my father was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, my marriage fell apart, my father passed away, my husband was laid off from his job in pharmaceuticals due to a merger, we had spec homes that didn’t sell for extended periods of time, and I could go on and on. It felt like every time I got back on my feet another wave crashed over me, and I was left staggering to stand again. We were bombarded with so much so fast from many different areas of our lives. I felt hopeless, exhausted, unloved, lonely, and broken beyond what I could comprehend.
At the same time, I’m a fighter, and I don’t give up easily. I was determined to do everything in my power to fight for my marriage. If my marriage didn’t work out, I wanted to be able to look my kids in the face and know I had done everything humanly possible. What I am sharing with you today, I never thought would happen. Even if God somehow saved our marriage I couldn’t imagine ever being in a place where my husband and I shared our story together or reached out to encourage other couples because that would be a healing that was beyond my comprehension. And that is precisely where we are. God is using our story to help others. God is using our story of redemption and healing to encourage others to fight FOR their marriage. It took years before our marriage healed and it was the hardest work I’ve ever done. However, I wouldn’t trade what I have learned or the person I am today, there are unexpected gifts in brokenness.
Here is our story, a story that I never wanted to tell. Then, something changed inside of me, and I began to beg God not to waste my pain. If somehow, in his sovereignty, if he could make me whole again and heal my broken heart then I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep quiet. He did exactly that. I am healed, whole, and my marriage has been restored and redeemed by the healing hand of God. Here is our story of redemption that we filmed for our church, Redemption Point Church.
Please watch and share not because it’s my story, but because it’s God’s story of redemption and what he did for my family he can do for any family. There are so many couples who are broken, hurting, and hopeless. I pray that our message gives those couples strength to continue to fight despite what it looks like today. The fight for your marriage is worth it!