This week Starr and I are celebrating 14 years of marriage by taking the vacation we’ve dreamed about for years. Being alone with her is my favorite pastime. If our last 14 years together were a story, the title would have to say ‘God is faithful.’ God’s faithfulness to us been evident every year for years and years and years. For example:
1998 – We return from our honeymoon in Florida to discover that my job was eliminated while I was gone. I went from full-time employed newlywed to unemployed newlywed. But before the year was up, things miraculously changed and I was making more than I would have been making before. God was faithful.
1999 – Went from assistant to the director to director at my employer, and saw my salary jump. I had no idea what I was doing, this was entirely God. God was faithful.
2000 – We move to Dallas and discover that Starr’s tuition will be 3x what we expected. Then a scholarship comes out of nowhere, and it ends up being cheaper than we could have imagined. God was faithful.
2001 – On the morning that we celebrate the news that we are finally expecting our first child, we watch in horror as airplanes fly into the WTC. It was later that day that someone encouraged us by reminding our new family that celebrations and new life would always trump the funerals and destructions. It was a word of encouragement that I’ll never forget. God was faithful.
2002 – Before Ryan is born, we discover that there is a high probability that Ryan may have contacted an illness in the womb that would lead to hearing loss, retardation, and abnormalities. Waited for a week, and we prayed like we had never before. God was faithful, and we got the good report we so desperately needed. God was faithful.
2003 – Our son Dylan is born, and quickly we are confronted with another medical issue that could require extensive surgery and potential kidney problems with Dylan. After a week in the hospital, the doctors can’t quite figure it out and send us home with our healthy son. God was faithful.
2004 – In the craziest of ways, God allows us to purchase our first home after overcoming an insane amount of obstacles to home ownership. God was faithful.
2005 – What many didn’t know when they hired me to work with Children back in 2003, was that I really didn’t know what I was doing. It was this year, that I began to try some things I had never tried before. It was this year, that I began to dream about ‘what could be’ at the churches I worked at. God was faithful.
2006 – Those who know me know this story well. Lauryn is born, Lauryn gets sick, Lauryn stops breathing, Lauryn spends time in the ICU, Lauryn is close to going on a respirator, and then miraculously Lauryn leaves the hospital a week later as healthy as she’d ever be. God was faithful.
2007 – For the first time in our lives, with all three kids in tow; we would move to take a job at a church in Lubbock. It would prove to be one of the best moves we ever made in our lives. The house in Dallas sold because of a miracle, and every detail of our moving was God inspired. God was faithful.
2008 – We saw God fulfill one of our lifetime dreams, as we came upon an absolutely steal of a deal to build our own home in Lubbock. We never thought the opportunity would be ours to enjoy home ownership in a home we saw built from the ground up. It continues to this day to be one of the best investments we would ever make. God was faithful.
2009 – God begins to flood our lives with friends like we’ve never had before. Some here in Lubbock, and many around the country. Opportunities for me to lead around the country come to fruition, and I really think it was this year that God began to birth new dreams for our family. God was faithful.
2010 – One of my dream job opportunities comes true, and I get to increase my responsibilities at my job in a new and exciting way. What many don’t know is that Starr and I had been praying for weeks about the very opportunity that Trinity gave me. God was faithful.
2011 – Our family enters the world of foster care, and through this experience we would together as a family go through our harshest trials; yet for the most real time in our lives we see the Gospel lived out in our family’s story like never before. God was faithful.
2012 – As we embark on our newest journey together I have the greatest expectation that God will continue to be faithful.