I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine...
Looking back it's so hard to decide where to start...A smart aleck might say start at the beginning but every story has many beginnings, this story is no different.
So let me start at the centre instead. I will start at the centre of my story, and the centre our story and actually, the centre of every story since the creation of man...Jesus.
At the core of our beliefs lies a firm faith that our steps are ordered by God, that He has a plan for every life and a special purpose for every thread woven into His tapestry. (Jer 29:11) But following the pattern set by the first man, I too chose to do things my own way. I danced to the beat of my own drum. I had too little faith and time to wait on God's time. I made many mistakes, sometimes making the same mistake over and over again until I realised my biggest mistake...I was trying to fill the God shaped hole in my heart with man shaped things.
It took many years for me to change my thinking and my heart, to chase after the One true love instead of Mr. Right. But God didn't give up on me. After years of circling the same mountain and getting lost in the same wilderness, I came to Jesus broken and dirty, guilty and ashamed...completely unfaitful and unable to put back all my broken pieces. And the Prince of Peace, my Prince, rescued me. He cleansed me and put a new mantle on me and he called me His own. I was His and He was mine!
I was finally complete, made whole and ready for God to bless me with the gift that He had been saving for me all along... All my dreams and desires stored in one package... Everything I would need to help me fulfil the purpose He created me for...the other half of my heart, Mpumi.
The rest, as they say, is HIStory....
Our relationship sparked through a friendship of friendships! But we are never far from the plans of the ONE who puts every piece of the puzzle together in HIS own right time.
When God has HIS plans set out for you, and you pray to walk in them, even though at times you want to do things in your own ways and in your own strength because you feel God is taking too long or you think you can put God in your plans... When all else fails and you get to the point where you realize that waiting on God is the best thing you can do... That's when God turns up.
Well, looking at where I am today, I can truly say that all the prayers I've prayed and even forgotten about years ago. God had answered back then and because HE has His good plans set out for me, in HIS time which is the right time, he poured out his blessings on me [Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.].
When I met Jessica through friends from our church, not even a thought crossed my mind that we would be where we are today. Although I saw from the outside a beautiful and attractive woman I also saw very quickly a strict no nonsense woman. But I started getting to know her on a closer friendship level, and that's when I could see that there was more to this woman than meets the eye. Her passion for God, a woman of strong faith, a prayer warrior, a true worshiper and teacher, a beautiful soul and a woman after God's own heart.
When we started talking about how we feel about each other, and besides the many talks we had about everything that we had to consider if we were to pursue the relationship, the biggest thing we decided to do was to pray and hear from God about everything. Did God say "YES" or "NO?", well..of course we didn't hear a thundering loud voice with a straight "YES" or "NO" from the heavens, but God did answer. You will know by the peace that God brings to the situation in your heart, the Words that He reveals to you, and the unity that takes place in that situation. At one point I did hear a vivid Word from God(that's my testimony).
Well..the rest of my story is that fifteen months later, here we are and we are inviting you to share in this part of our story.
We have had our ups and downs in this journey, but we've always found a way to get back onto the boat and sail together in the same direction. We don't know what the future holds for us, but we keep God the center of everything and pray for HIS blessing and to walk in HIS plans for our relationship, marriage and family.
[Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.]