Monday, January 23, 2012

Amazing Grace

This is day 23 of my Journaling through January series.

Looking back, is there a time when you can see how God's grace and favor was upon your life?

Oh, there are many times when I can see this. So many. I've received help for big things and little things. Even silly things. Heavenly Father has always been there for me, and I am so grateful for it!

One particular time comes to mind. When my husband and I were engaged, I felt so nervous about getting married. No, it was more than nervous. I felt like Satan was trying as hard as he could to make me feel terrible about getting married, by filling my mind with doubt and fear. It took such a toll on my mind and body that I started to get sick. But I knew that when I prayed about marrying Tyler, Heavenly Father gave me a definite yes, and I couldn't forget that.

So we went forward with the wedding preparations, while I tried to surround myself with every good and uplifting influence that might bring me peace. And though I felt awful much of the time, Heavenly Father was there to help and guide me, manifesting Himself in the things that happened during this important and stressful time.
Preparing for the wedding couldn't have been easier. It seemed like all of the things we needed--my dress, veil, shoes, the flowers, reception hall, photography, hair stylist--were simply waiting for us to find them, always in the first or second place we looked. Everything was at the right price, in the right size, from the right places.

I also felt blessed by the uplifting and comforting experiences so carefully placed around me. For example, just at a time when office politics were making my job as a secretary particularly stressful and hellish, I got to escape for a week while I filled in for another secretary in a different office upstairs. That office was much quieter and easier to manage, and I sensed that the Lord knew I needed a break during this difficult time.

Heavenly Father didn't have to give these gifts to me. But He did. By letting me know, through these signs, that I was doing the right thing in marrying Tyler, I found the courage I needed to take the biggest, happiest step of my life.

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  1. Those are such great photos! Glad I found you on the Monday Blog Hop! You can find me at

  2. Thank you for the compliment! I like them too. :)

  3. Honestly, your wedding day has been one of the best days of my life. It was so hard to watch you leave, but I was a proud father that day. Every aspect of your wedding was absolutely perfect and beautiful, as the photographs prove.

    Of course, I remember the worry and concern you felt early in your engagement, and we all know now that you made the right choice. You could not find a nicer man, and better husband, than Tyler. I suspect your experience is not unique and I hope that your blog post will be helpful to others.