Wednesday, February 8, 2012

and I Knew He was the One - {Wendy Woerner}

I am so blessed to be able to see each of these stories as they come in. There's nothing more beautiful than seeing how God weaves two paths and people together.

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I met my husband when I was 15. We were in the same English class at our high school. He sat one row to my left and one seat back. I first noticed him because he was talking to the girl behind me, and he was quoting scripture to her!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

That caught my attention. Even though I was not attending church at the time, I had been in church enough to recognize the verse. I was not living that verse at the time either, spending a lot of time‘partying’, but I was still impressed. I knew he was someone I wanted to get to know. And I believe now that God thought he was someone I needed to get to know, too. So, one day, I joined their conversation.

A couple of weeks later, he asked me to meet him after the football game that night. This was a big deal to me! I had really grown to like him a lot. He was very cute, very polite, and I didn’t want to disappoint him.

As soon as I got home I found my mom and asked(begged!) her to allow me to go to the game. She said she was not going to take me. I was devastated! I cried, and I remember telling her that if I didn’t go he was going to think that I didn’t like him and I couldn’t bear the thought of that. I did like him so much!

She still made me scrounge a ride to the game.

We dated all throughout high school and I began attending church with him. Though I was saved, I was not really living the Christian life, yet this young man stuck with me. He cared about me, about my happiness. I began to learn and grow, just in little bits, through the time I spent at the church, but I wasn’t living the life yet. We graduated, he entered the Marine Corps, and I went off to Junior College. We were dating long distance, seeing each other as much as we could, but it was tough! I had known I wanted to marry him since about 6 months after we began dating, but my priorities were not what they should have been. I was still spending too much time going to parties, which resulted in some very poor decisions.

My young boyfriend had a good head on his shoulders, though. I remember having a conversation with him and he said these words to me, “I am not going to have a wife who has a bottle in one hand and a baby in the other.” Wow! I was stunned because I did not have an addiction. How could he think that was our future? However, from his perspective, that’s how it looked.

I began to reflect on some choices I had made,and those I was continuing to make. I asked myself, “Am I going to be who my[future] husband expects me to be?” Thus began the real journey to becoming who we are together today.

My husband and I have been married for 16.5years. We have 5 beautiful children. There was a time, several actually, when we were not sure if our marriage could stand the stress of our ‘growing up’ together.We were so young when we found each other! We did not go about things the right way. We got very serious, very quickly. Our decisions were not based on God and His word. But He has been faithful. God keeps His promises!

Though we have had struggles in many areas, we both have held a steadfast belief that we could make it with Christ’s help.Over the years we have sought out churches in whichever area we were living,attended couples’ classes, and read the Word in order to learn and grow closer together,and closer to our God. Our Lord has blessed us abundantly in our seeking. We are not perfect, but we don’t have to be, because Jesus has made us perfect through His sacrifice on the cross.

Through His grace and mercy every day, we are able to continue growing together, raising our children together, laughing together. There are times when we can just look at each other across the room and know we are thinking the same thing. I know he will be there for me,anytime. He is a fabulous provider and an excellent father. He would lay down his life for me. I love him so much and it is only through God’s sovereignty that I could ever be blessed with this husband and the life I am living.
I am a mother and wife, a writer, aunt to a niece and nephews…..only because of Jesus. At any time I may stop, take stock of my life, and think to myself, “He’s still the one,” because I know that God’s hand was in all of it, even when I wasn’t following Him. God promises us in Jeremiah29:11:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”




More About Wendy: Wendy Woerner has been married to her husband Karl for 16.5 years. Together they have 5 beautiful children, ranging in age from 16 months to 14 years old. The family has been homeschooling for 6 years and love it! You can find Wendy blogging at www.followinginhisfootsteps.wordpress.com, documenting their days as they seek to follow Jesus along the way.


1 comment:

  1. Very good post! Thank you for sharing your story! ~Angela

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