Personally Speaking--Part 5

There's much detail I've left out, but I feel the need to wrap this up.

Fourteen months of being away from my wife and children was taking its toll, but God won't allow us to suffer more than we can bear. I went for a late evening walk. While looking up at the night sky with tears running down my face, I heard that still, small voice again. "I've heard your prayers. I've seen your tears. I will work on your behalf."

It was my weekend to have the kids and I was preparing for the 200 mile trip to return them to their home in Philadelphia when the phone rang. It was my wife telling me to keep the kids. Something had come up. She'd let me know more later. That was fine with me. I loved the four little ones God gave me and some extra time with them would be nice.

By the end of the week, she had hit rock bottom and was coming home. That was wonderful--the answer to my prayer, but after 14 months away, there was much readjusting to do. The hardest part was just beginning. There were many things that had to be worked through. Counseling was necessary, and there were many painful nights still ahead in the future. But time began to heal the wounds.

Twenty-two years later and after thirty years of marriage, God has done a tremendous work in both of our lives. For many years my wife had wanted us to re-say our wedding vows. The time never seemed right. The time is right on May 21 of this year as we'll be standing before God again in our church to recommit ourselves to each other.That can only be attributed to God's grace. He has allowed me to once again follow the dream He had put in my heart by allowing me to pastor Lifegate Baptist Church for the past ten years. That can only be attributed to God's grace. He's kept my children safe through the years and they all belong to Him. That can only be attributed to God's grace. If one word were to summarize my life (well, maybe two) they would be God's grace.

He has followed close behind when I would run ahead, and he always waits for me when I lag behind. God is the central part of this story. He is the central part of my life. He alone deserves praise, honor, and glory. May He receive that this day. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart with you.

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Debradoo 5 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

Wonderful testimony and an interesting read, Lifegate. I have enjoyed the hubs. God bless!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Debradoo,

Thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed them!


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

What grace God bestows to us, even when we are not looking for it. Amen brother two words summing up my life also~~~ God's Grace!


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Specialk3749 5 years ago from Michigan

Thank you so much for sharing your testimony! You don't realize how much it helps to know that there are other Christians who are not "perfect" and who are/have gone through hard times and God's grace has gotten them through it. You have given me the encouragement that I need at this time. Thank you!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Michael,

I guess everything in life can eventually be broken down to God's grace. He is wonderful!

Specialk,

God will get you through the worst of circumstances. All things considered, my life has been pretty good. So many people go through much worse, and God has helped them too. He is faithful.


His daughter 5 years ago

What a wonderful testimony of God's redemptive work. He is faithful. Thank you for sharing. I'm sure it will bring hope to many others who may experience similar circumstances.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

HD,

God is always faithful even though we may not always recognize His presence. He is worthy of all our praise. thanks for the visit.


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The Minstrel 5 years ago from Hawaii

Awesome lifegate!!!! Thank you for sharing.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Minstrel,

You're quite welcome. I hope it was a blessing and tat God was glorified.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

what an incredible moving and inspiring testimony. He is so good. Only He can work out things like that. Think of all the manipulating you could have done to try to make that happen and it more than likely wouldn't have but you trusted Him and poured your heart out to Him and He did it.

Amen! Praise God!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ,

HE did it! You bettcha!


Amit David 5 years ago

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


Amit David 5 years ago

Lord You seem so far away

A million miles or more it feels today

And though I haven't lost my faith

I must confess right now

That it's hard for me to pray

But I don't know what to say

And I don't know where to start

But as You give the grace

With all that's in my heart

Lord it's hard for me to see

All the thoughts and plans You have for me

But I will put my trust in You

Knowing that You died to set me free

But I don't know what to say

And I don't know where to start

But as You give grace

With all that's in my heart

I will sing I will praise

Even in my darkest hour

Through the sorrow and the pain

I will sing I will praise

Lift my hands to honor You

Because Your Word is true

I will sing


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Amit David,

Thank you for sharing such beautiful words.


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

Absolutely beautiful, you said it, GOD'S Grace is everything.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Amen, Tina!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Great hub, truly God's grace is amazing in you life. Thank you for sharing this beautiful testimony of God's never ending love and mercy in your life. God is simply awesome! Blessings to you and your wife. Regards.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Cristina,

God truly is awesome and His love truly is never ending. Praise His Holy Name.

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