Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2 Decades and Counting

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Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 
Ruth 1:16 (NLT)

The beautiful experience of being the parent of a child with an autism diagnosis was initiated by another beautiful experience, marriage to my husband Isaiah.  Life on the spectrum road often threatens to eclipse this most fundamental of relationships.  Today, we celebrate 20 years of marriage.  It's been a story, and I can only imagine the book others will get to read, describing the journey, marked by grace, and God's gentle hand, teaching us the ways of love and mercy and forgiveness as we demonstrate our love for Him by figuring out how to love each other.  They say that you can tell a tree by its fruit.  I don't have to look very far.  The beautiful children we have, the obvious mark of God on all their lives, the tremendous healing impact of parenting Jaedon on my life, is the fruit of a union that is God-ordained.  What a legacy!

If you are married, I pray you see God's hand, and hear His encouragement to continue loving and serving each other as you write the story God is authoring through you.
Isaiah, Jaedon, 2014

The Clarke 5, 2009
Lord,  I pray that since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we will throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. I pray we will run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Heb. 12:1-2).  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give us  the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know him better. I pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which he has called us, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Eph. 1: 17-19)

Faith, Isaiah, 1994 (BK - Before Kids)

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