Still my joy...

I wrote this post in July of 2017 on

I will share it here:

When the valleys that I wander Turn to mountains that I can climb Oh, you are with me, never leave me Oh, ’cause there ain’t nothing, there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy -Zach Williams Sometimes all I need is a good song to remind me what this time on Earth is really about.

Over some coffee and girl talk this morning I poured my heart out to my very best friends. You see, God has my family in a place. It’s a place that is under his complete control. It’s a place where my true faith is being tested this very second. It’s a place where my control is not going to win. It’s a place where I have to stop my wandering, worried, & confused thoughts right in their tracks. I have to be intentional about redirecting my thoughts.

Okay, are you ready!?

My husband and I have been married almost 2 years. When you get married you promise to love them through thick and thin. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and therefore I pledge myself to you.

WOW! I didn’t really think it would be tested within the first 2 years but it SURE did. Our vows are absolutely promised to each other and being tested this very moment. Together, we recently experienced a situation that has left us without a job and no incoming money. The details are petty and there is no need for our thoughts to wander into the what ifs.

I’m writing this because I want to look back one day. I want to remember the emotions I felt. I want to help someone just like us one day. I want to be intentional about helping married couples go through the valley. I want to have this day to refer back to and remember the raw details. I’m also doing this to encourage & to let you know that my family does not have it together. I want people to know that there is only one way we can get through this.

Get your bible, read Mark 4: 1-20 MSG! You have to read it! I pray it means as much to you as it did me.

The farmer planted seed. He planted seed and some fell on the road, some on the gravel, some fell in the weeds, and some fell on good Earth and soil. If you are anything like me your thoughts are already wandering. I always want to know exactly what Christ meant when he told parables. Thankfully his disciples weren’t too afraid to ask for further explanation.

But let me give you the Whitney version. All throughout life God plants the word in your heart. He uses people, churches, experiences, books, and countless other sources. So, I read this passage a couple days before we found out the news. I knew immediately that God is checking to see that we are planted in good earth and soil. I sometimes like to grin and smile at God. He was really wanting our attention and to make sure we trust him and his plan.

I smile at God because I got to marry the love of my life. I smile at God because we have a precious & healthy baby boy. I smile at God because he has placed people in our lives to care for us and get us through this season. I smile at God, because of his help I am planted in good soil and he is going to carry my family through this. I smile at God because he absolutely got my attention. I smile at God because there aint nothing gonna still my joy. I truly believe that this valley we are wandering in is going to turn into a mountain. A mountain that he will give us every tool to conquer. Gosh God is good. I pray and hope for young married couples like us who experience hard times to plant their faith in good soil. For couples who haven’t yet experienced a hard time, I pray you are staying in the word. I pray you have a strong faith so when a hard time does hit you can smile at God and think there aint nothing gonna still my joy.

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