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Paper Tree House God's Promises Faith Blog Hop

Welcome to the God's Promises Faith Blog Hop!  If you arrived here from Susan's beautiful blog you are in the right place.  If you just arrived at my blog, you should go to Paper Tree House Studio  in order to start at the beginning.  Every month a group of brave women get together to showcase the Glory of God.  This month we want to showcase His faithfulness during trying times, so kick back, relax and let the Lord touch your heart with His Truth! 

During the hop you will find many chances to win prizes! All you have to do to be considered for one of those prizes is leave a comment and become a follower of the blogs you will hop through.  For the Grand Prizes , make sure to leave a comment, become a follower, and "LIKE" Paper Tree House on Facebook.  This will allow you to find out about future hops we will be having.  

Check out Paper Tree House for the list of grand prizes they will be giving away!
 
"I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done." Psalm 143:5

It is easy to forget what promises God has already fulfilled in our lives when we are going through the storm of today. I was encouraged and reminded of the miracles in my life lately. I felt it was a good time to share a little of my testimony. Maybe it will encourage those that are going through the same struggle now.

I am not sure why I said yes and married him. I saw signs of unhealthiness but didn't listen to my instinct. I was in, what I thought was, love. Why God let me marry I am not sure. I remember praying about His will. Maybe His will was for me to grow closer to Him instead. But I was selfish.

It was five years later that I grew closer to the Lord. I started serving Him with my whole heart. Then, it seemed, as if my whole life turned upside down. I was angry that he cheated, left, and my life started to spin out of control. This is quite hard to write. Not because it is painful, but I don't want it to look like a sob story. It isn't.

God had a better plan. He helped me see that I wasn't alone. I had Him to get through the pain.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-29

So, I focused on Him and not on myself. When I gave the problem to God he gave me such peace that is indescribable. He gave me, most importantly, forgiveness in my heart.

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

I realized that I didn't need a man to make me whole. I needed to love God and learn to love myself for what He created me to be. I had a purpose and served in ministry. I was needed by God, the children in my classroom where I taught, my family, and friends. Life was good again.

"The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made." Psalms 145:8-9 

It was about two years later that I began to pray for someone special to come into my life. My heart was ready. But, mind you, I was picky. I didn't know where I was going to find anyone with my long list of qualifications. I only worked, went to church, and spent my time at home. God heard my prayers...

"Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me." Psalm 66:20

Dave came to the school where I worked to "check out" this girl he was told that he had to meet. So, he volunteered in his friend's daughter's classroom party. So, as he held a closed garbage bag filled with balloons in the hallway, he took a peek through the window of the classroom that I was teaching in. A teacher walked by and said, "Hi! You must be the new janitor! Nice to meet you...," as she continued to introduce herself. (Ha! That make me laugh so hard!)

I guess Dave decided I was worth working for. Did I know that Dave was there at school? No. It wasn't until I was practically forced to give my number to a friend so she could give it to Dave. We went out on a blind date and the rest is not "history" but a dream come true. An answer to prayer. A promise that God loves me.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give your hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and find me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me...

That was almost seven years ago. God has redeemed me many times over. This is just one of the perfect examples of His love for me. Dave is much more than my husband or friend, he is a daily reminder to me that God answers prayer and keeps His promises.

When you seek me with all your heart I will be found by you." Jeremiah 29:11-14

I keep these verses in what I call my "truth" journal. It is a small composition book I keep with me always with verses to remind me of the love God has for me. A SMASH book is another great way to keep your "truths".









To win a black SMASH book (yes, girls, I am giving away the above hard-to-find SMASH book!) post a comment in this blog OR/AND become a follower of this blog, become a friend on Facebook, become a Twitter follower, post on your Facebook page or blog about this giveaway. Make sure you copy and paste a link to your blog if you post about this giveaway in the comments. That's six times you can comment on this post to win! 
I hope this post blessed those that might be going through the same trials. Realize that you are not alone; most importantly remember God's promises!
Don't forget to enter to win Paper Tree House's giveaways too! Now, it's time to go to Candy's blog, Sweet Stamper.

Create Well: "I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done." Psalm 143:5

22 comments

  1. What a wonderful story. Jeremiah 29:11 is my life verse. I hold onto it every day. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. May God bless you richly!!

    Blessings,
    Shawnee
    http://www.blessedonthebrightside.com

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  2. Wow Jennifer,

    this is such a beautiful testimony. God is so good, even though we make our own decissions and not include God in it. How good it is to read how He helped you through the hard times and you finally met your husband. He works in such ways we cannot begin to understand.

    This really is a thing I can hold on to. I also go through a time when I want to meet a good man and get married. A few months ago my relationship was ended, although I finally in my life had some future plans. I really saw myself getting old with this boy. But it wasn't meant to be. He ended it.

    But now I know I really have to focus on myself. To get better, get my energy back and overcome my panic attacks (again). God will work in His way to make me new. Not in my time but His time.


    Thanks again for your testimony.

    And what a great give away. Heard lots of the smash book, but it isn't available her in the Netherlands.

    God bless,


    Wendy

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  3. What a way to use the journal! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. thank you for sharing! I loved your story.

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  5. I am a new follower to your blog. Your story was inspirational. God is always giving us trials I believe to strengthen our faith. My husband has had Multiple Sclerosis for several years and is wheel chair bound, he struggles with pain everyday and has been in the hospital multitudes of times about 15 times this year alone. And I believe these struggles make us stronger. Thanks for a chance to win. God bless.
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

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  6. I also signed up for email contact:)
    mecicopetshop at hotmail dot com

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  7. Thanks, Jen for sharing! You brought tears to my eyes! HE IS SO GOOD!

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  8. WOnderful post! I love how you used the verses to tell your story!!!
    beautiful layout
    kacee
    im a new follower!

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  9. found you on FB!!
    kacee
    youhadmeatscrap.blogspot.com

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  10. Are you sure we are not twins separated at birth :) I can so relate to your story. Your one verse that spoke to me was "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7:

    It speaks volumes to the current season of my life. I find myself praying on this more often than not lately. Thank you for giving me hope. I would be so excited to win this prize as I have been eyeing these for awhile. Thanks for sharing.

    I am an email subscriber, posted this to Facebook, have requested you on Facebook and follow you on twitter and on blogger. I love reading your posts.

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B
    http://susanascorner.blogspot.com/

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  11. Oh my, your testimony of His love has me teary eyed! I can just picture your sweetie there with a garbage bag of balloons as if I were there in the hallway with you - you write so beautifully, so from the heART! Thank you for sharing your story and the faith behind it that is so paramount to the lives He asks us to lead, even when we don't know it yet :) BEAUTIFUL book - I have search how to follow you but the tab on the side won't let me add myself on - but I will try back :) Blessings!

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  12. Love your testimony. Thank you so much for sharing. Jeremiah 29: 11-14 is one of my favorite verses. I am only 16 but I have been baptized and live to serve the Lord! He is so Good!! Your Smash Book is awesome. You are really talented. I am really loving this hop!!
    ~Madison funkycards.blogspot.com funkycards @ charter dot net

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  13. Jennifer, I was happy to share a link to your blog on my FB Page today. I want everyone to see your post today:) Here is a link to my page:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Funky-Cards-Fan-Page/111702972195169

    I also became a follower on your blog:)

    ~Madison funkycards.blogspot.com funkycards @ charter dot net

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  14. It's always good to have scripture handy but even better to be able to relate where it is...I'm so happy that God blessed you..

    transport7800@aol.com

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  15. Praise God for what He has done! My Mom wrote Jeremiah 19:11 on the bottom of every letter she sent me when I was at Bible School. It means so much to know that God wants only good for His children even when we don't always obey.

    God bless you in your relationship with Him and with your new man. :)

    ~Thanks, Esther
    esthert119(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  16. Love it as always very inspiring, great idea!

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  17. Thanks for sharing your story. It is wonderful to hear how others are blessed.

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  18. Que linda propuesta haces ..Bendiciones ...!!! ya te sigo en facebook

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  19. Gloria a Dios por sufidelidad!!!
    bendiciones Debora
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    http://manosurbanasscrap.blogspot.com/

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  20. Truly beautiful. I am inspired by Jeremiah 29:11 and know I need to find God with my whole heart. So often my heart aches due to circumstances that it is hard to hand it over to God, it being such a wreck. I struggle to make the ache go away, not remembering that God doesn't judge or care what a shambles my heart is when I hand it to Him. Thank you for the inspirational thoughts.

    Fondly,
    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
    E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

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  21. Wanted to say how much i enjoyed your top hat tutorial. thanks for sharing it and for the chance to win this smash book

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  22. Jen,

    You're such a sweetheart!

    -Laura

    P.S. I met your other sister yesterday!

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