In an earlier post, Grace in Action, I told you I would be sharing people’s testimonies and I am very honored to kick this off with Beth’s Story (aka Aunt Bubba). Beth was the first person I interacted with on this site and has already been so supportive and willing to help. Her story really touched my heart and I hope it touches yours as well.
Grace in Action – Aunt Bubba’s Story
On our first wedding anniversary, my husband and I took the top tier of our wedding cake out of the freezer, ate a few bites of it, then made the decision to get divorced.
Before we got married, we agreed, that no matter what, we would never get divorced. We had both dealt with divorce in some capacity in our lives. For me, it was a part of my childhood. My parents divorced when I was eight. For him, it was two divorces prior to our marriage, but we were going to be better and being married than my parents were and his previous marriages. We were going to go to church every week, pray together and stick together no matter what. It didn’t work out the way we planned. A year and half after saying I do, our divorce was final.
At the time, I felt like I had done everything I was supposed to do to try and make it work. I wouldn’t realize until much later that I left out one very important factor – prayer.
Allow me to back up a few decades.
I was the kid who always felt my parents “made me” go to church. I didn’t want to go, but they made me. Church was boring to. I often times fell asleep or doodled on whatever I could find to doodle on. The only cool thing about my Grandma’s church was the fact that she was the pianist. Sometimes she would let me sit next to her and help her turn the pages of her sheet music.
Grandma always told me to “start my day with scripture.” She did, but I remember saying to her, “Okay, Grandma,” but beyond that, never did what she asked me to do.
After my divorce was final in 2011, I started dating again and met a man who I would spend the next three years with. Almost two years into that relationship, I felt like something was missing, not just in our relationship, but with me.
Whenever I would talk to my friend Amy about things going on in my life, she would use scripture and talk about God. It always made me uncomfortable. Now I realized Amy was planting a seed in my soul. I started attending services at Woodcrest Chapel on a regular basis. Two years later, I would finally understand what seed Amy was trying to plant in me. In November 2013, I fully accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and was baptized.
I ended my three-year relationship because the man I was with wasn’t on the same page as me spiritually. Like Amy, I, too, tried to plant a seed in him, but the soil around his heart was impenetrable. He had his own spiritual beliefs, which I tried to understand and support, but knew that our religious and spiritual differences weren’t healthy for our relationship.
Fast forward to 2016. It’s been two years since I ended that relationship. Spiritually, I’ve never felt stronger. My faith in God and belief that He has wonderful plans for me bring me so much peace and comfort.
Figure 1 Photo from manofdepravity.com
I’ve dated here and there since my boyfriend and I broke up, but I’m currently in a season of waiting. On the cusp of Valentine’s Day weekend, sometimes it’s really tough being single. Sometimes, it’s hard being single AND a Christian. It still proves challenging to find someone who has the same spiritual and religious beliefs that I do, but I’m not giving up yet. If you’re in the same boat as I am, I want to encourage you not to give up either.
I’m going to continue to put my faith in God and get to know him better. Now that I’ve accepted Christ into my heart and into my life, I can finally say I’m doing what my late Grandma wanted me to do all along—starting my day with scripture.
If you would like to follow me on my faith journey, check out www.auntbubba.com. I would love to hear your story, too.
Rahab2’s Note: I really hope you enjoyed reading this. Remember the purpose is to inspire and share with other Christians to glorify God. If you’d like to share your testimony as well, please comment here or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!