My husband Anthony and I have been together for almost a decade. We are a well-blended, perfectly imperfect family. Between the two of us, we have several children. We each brought children into our marriage then had another child together. Later we opened our lives and home to an older child. We have a home full of children, animals and projects that challenge and bless us daily.
Friends and family are a significant part of our lives and we strive to foster connections between our children and extended family. Family reunions are a main staple in our travel plans each year as are family trips, dinners and gatherings. Don't be surprised if you hear Spanish or Caribbean dialects at our dinner table. Don't be shocked when people of all backgrounds, ethnicities and shades of the Crayon box come strolling through our doors...we're a diverse bunch and we love it that way!
While Tony served in Fort Huachuca, Arizona running, a portion of the Military Intelligence School I served as a school principal for an elementary school 3 hours away. I also worked as an associate editor and writer for a local magazine. Tragically, right after the birth of our little girl, I suffered a brain hemorrhage with little expectation of survival as of the additional discovery of meningitis and a secondary aneurysm. Despite a month, long stint in a neurological Intensive care Unit and a lengthy recovery process that is ongoing God preserved my life and blessed me to be with my family again.
A Life of Gratitude
We are forever grateful to the United States Army, the school district that I worked for, medical professionals and the host of family and friends that supported us in so many ways during this crisis. However, we owe our first fruits of thanks to the one and true God, friend, comforter, lover and healer of our bodies and souls.
I am personally grateful for the opportunity to be able to use my gifts for the advancement of the kingdom of God. The scripture inspires me in Romans 13:11-14 (NIV):
"And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Dressing For The King
I believe that we are living in Revelation times and very soon, God will call his children home. The present days are dark and getting darker by the second as evidenced in wars, weather and wickedness abounds. After the trials and triumphs I've been through, I consider it a blessing to help us women spiritually dress up to meet the bridegroom.
Properly attired we can have peace even during difficulty. One day God is coming back for his beautiful bride to bring us into a glorious eternity as we reign with him in heaven and on earth.
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"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes." - Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)