I am the mother of seven – four daughters by birth and three sons by marriage to those daughters. I have 12 grandchildren – 11 live in Brenham, Texas, and one lives with Jesus, his Aunt Tara and his Gpa in heaven. This crew is my joy!
My husband, Troy, and I started dating when I was 15 and we married when I was 18. I had a difficult home life and he was truly my knight in shining armor. We lived a fairy tale for almost 33 years. Our lives weren’t perfect. We had our trials and struggles and clashes of strong personalities but our marriage was amazing.
He was the love of my life and my very best friend. I know what it is to be loved well, and that is a gift! The only person Troy loved more than me was Jesus and on July 26, 2014 he got to meet him face to face. He was electrocuted while doing some work under our house….a freak accident. Just like that, he was gone. The pain is still very real and I still have moments when I can’t believe this is my reality.
This is not the story I had written for my life. Like every widow, I have become the head of a family and carry alone the responsibilities that were meant to be carried by two. I have had to make difficult decisions regarding my livelihood. Ministry we did together, I now do alone. Nothing is as it was.
As all of you- I can become overwhelmed and weary. Yet, I have seen the Lord provide every step of this journey. I have felt his presence and He has given me peace. His mercy and grace are new every morning. He has shown me that regardless of my circumstances He is a good and loving Father. He is at work to accomplish a greater story and if we are willing; he can use our stories as part of that greater story. There is purpose even in the pain and God is calling each of us to use that purpose for His glory. In Christ there is HOPE- that is the message I long to share!