I had to post this because it touched me so much. When I first saw the news, it literally brought me to tears and shouts of joy at the same time. Our God wraps His arms around us daily. . . sometimes with great miracles as a result!
Ruth 4:4 “I will redeem it”
Today’s post is one of redemption and of hope. One that reminds us that God cares about us and walks with us each step of the way.
Just over three years ago Janelle’s husband Joel was killed unexpectedly while their family was living in the Middle East. The path that Janelle and her two young sons’ lives were on was dramatically altered. How does one move forward after something this huge, something this heartbreaking? I think Janelle would say one day, one moment at a time, with God’s help. There is nothing simple or quick about grief.
Enter a mother-in-law who loves Janelle and her boys very deeply, and a friend who does as well…a friend who knows a great guy who is single and wholeheartedly seeking what God has for his life. Enter the Holy Spirit, Who knows better than any of us what ‘the right timing’ looks like in our lives. And lo and behold, ‘God is Gracious (the meaning of Janelle’s name)’ meets ‘Supplanter; One Who Takes the Place of Another (the meaning of Jamie’s name).’ And what the enemy intended for evil is turned into something beautiful. Do we miss Joel, and does it still hurt that he’s in Heaven before us? Of course. Are we thrilled for Jamie and Janelle and the incredible gift that they’ve found in each other? For the amazing bond that the boys have built with Jamie in such a short time? One hundred percent.
And so you see, as that friend who had the privilege to introduce Jamie and Janelle to each other, and to experience from a front row seat how deeply God reaches into our hurt and struggles and walks with us through the pain and joys of this life on earth; how incomprehensibly He loves us and cares for our hearts, I am thrilled beyond words at the privilege of presenting you with engagement pictures of this precious couple; pictures of the family that will be official in August. A song that has come to mind time and time again is Michael W. Smith’s Sovereign Over Us.
Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for Your glory
You’re faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us
Jamie and Janelle, my heart smiles big. I am grateful. May you be continually blessed as you build this new life together!