I have been going to church my whole life, church has always been very important to me. I went to Sunday school when I was little, went to church camp 2 summers and loved every moment of it. God has always been there for me through everything, especially during college he has always provided what I needed.
My mom is the main reason I know God and church has been very important to me throughout my life and even though sometimes I did not want to go, she made me go through those times. And I'm glad she did.
In October 2009 after me and chad started dating I knew things might change, I wanted a man that went to church with me but I knew I could not force him to go if he did not want to but I would always invite him from time to time just to show him it was up to him but if he wanted to come I would not mind.
I was so glad he eventually decided to come. But nervous at the same time. I went to a pentacostal church and loved everything about it, it was a part of me. But sometimes others that have never experienced something like that do not know what to think because they do not understand it.
The day he came, let's just say everyone was feeling God's presence in a big way and I was afarid that Chad might freak. But once again God was affecting Chad and I that day and he did not freak nor did he do anything else but sit there.
I knew right then he was the one for me. He never judges others and is very open to things he might not fully understand. Yes, he did ask questions afterwards about some things but it is expected because he had never experienced something like that before. And even when he asked questions it was respectful the way he asked them.
He continued to go with me to church and told me that before he used to go to church with his parents when he was little but after a little while they decided to stop going. We hope one day they will start going back again.
Fast forward to 2010 when we started going to college, which was an hour away from home... I did not see the possibility of being able to go home every weekend to go to church so we began church hunting.
Most people are not as lucky as we are but the first church we tired was the one we have been going to ever since, We love the people there and the pastor's sermons are amazing but we have hit a few bumps along the way since we have been going.
First bump was in June 2011 when we just got married we were afraid we would not find an apartment that was located near our college because it is very hard to find apartments in a college town and I prayed every single night for a good while that God give us a place because I felt like we belonged in that church. Thankfully we were able to live in campus housing for married students which is a big blessing in itself because not only is it near the church, its on campus so it saves us money for gas as well as it is cheaper than most apartments around town. We also can stay here through masters which is something we might do if we decide to do masters right after bachelors. It was like God knew we needed to stay here because of church.
God has been with me through changing my major, my marriage, my wedding, my scholarship opportunity... everything. I have always asked for God to do whatever he believes is best for me.
The second bump is a little more recent... 2012. I still kind of struggle with this from time to time. It is finding couples, especially ones that like the same things we do, are able to hangout with us from time to time and have the same values as us. Like I have said in the past, Chad is my best friend so we do a lot of things together. And I believe having couples that you can be friends with is an amazing idea, but also a hard one. We have gotten involved with a couples Sunday school that we love, but I still struggle to have a personal connection with one of those couples or another couple that comes from somewhere else.
It is something that we pray about and hope God will provide healing or friendships, whatever he wants. I believe it is something I struggle with more than Chad does, and I believe God wants me to grow through this struggle which I am trying to do so.
Chad and I still have fights and still are not perfect, but we know with God in our marriage we will not fail. We pray to him every night together and I believe this is very important, we also read the bible together and do devotionals together before going to bed, something I hope we can always do together.
A couple with God in their marriage