Back In Florida And The Sun Is Out!

16 Aug

Well folks Im back! After nearly three weeks away, divided between Oklahoma and Tennessee, I am back in Florida. Stephen and I saw each other for the first time this weekend and it was really nice. We have begun our quest to find the perfect church but yesterday was a swing and a miss. LOL!

Our neighbors down the street pastor The Mary Esther Church of God. They invited me, while rescuing me from a lawnmower disaster, last week. Stephen had attended a Church of God before but I had not, so he was familiar with the general style of service. Everyone was very friendly, the praise and worship was wonderful, but we decided the theatrics of the preaching style was a bit distracting. The church was also comprised of mainly seniors, which is wonderful but we are in serious need of some christian friends our age. Having said all that, it was a lovely church full of lovely people and we did receive a beautiful message that day. We are very grateful that we were invited and treated so kindly. Thank you Mary Esther Church of God!

Next week we will try a new place 🙂 Pray for us!

Quickly~Stephen bought a motorcycle while I was gone. I am not happy about it. I am scared! It is dangerous! It was too expensive!…..I am choosing to ignore this and have faith he will be safe. Prayers needed!!!! HAHA!

Last Friday I came home to a new marriage, and a renewed hope! Family interference will no longer plague us! The last three weeks God worked in a powerful way that is truly a testament to his existence! Strong holds were broken and truths were revealed. The spirit of rejection that had covered me for years, damaging my relationships and holding me back from trusting, was lifted. Stephen gave up video games, deleted all of his video game subscriptions, and no longer has the desire to play. He told me he wants to be happy and that the games were ruling his life. We spent the weekend enjoying each others company, talking about REAL things, and NOT zoning out or disconnecting. There is still much to be done, but we are committed to raising the bar! We wont stand for a “mainstream” marriage of merely co-existing and searching for ways to numb ourselves out just to make it through. We know we can have all the things that God wanted for us when he created life and created marriage. We can feel love, experience joy, and know the ultimate connection that he designed for us and wants for us, with him at the CENTER of course 🙂

I know some of you might be thinking. Why is she telling us such personal details of her life???? WHY NOT!!?? Im not telling you everything, but I am telling you things I believe you need to hear. Some of you have been through this, some of you are in the midst of it now! There is a season for everything. We all most move from fall to winter, from winter to spring…. The transition isn’t always easy but every season is necessary. Winter is a time for old things to die, the earth to be still and rest, its darker and colder but it has to happen. When spring comes, the seeds that were dormant struggle to push their way to the surface. Every thing is new and fragile, but beautiful and fresh. We appreciate it all so much more because we waited so long for it to arrive.

Life is the same way. No one is exempt. Why deny the seasons of our lives when we can reach out to one another and help each other through? My summer might be your winter. I want to be there to shine a little light and remind you spring is around the bend. I hope you would do the same for me.

LOVE YOU GUYS XOXOXO

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4 Responses to “Back In Florida And The Sun Is Out!”

  1. Kandis Florian August 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    It’s so wonderful to hear of all these positive changes in your lives together! Marriage is a lot of work, isn’t it? But so fulfilling when it is Christ centered. I’m in full bloom in my own spiritual walk, and am “bursting forth with fruit” as one of my friends tells me all the time! But my marriage is still unevenly yolked, though I am in prayer and relationship with God that He will continue to open Petr’s heart more and more. One day, I want to be able to say we are a Christ Believing FAMILY–united! In God’s time~
    I trust God’s time~
    I love you, Alaina! God is blessing people through your joy and cheerful heart. I know I am blessed to know you and have you in my life…

    • alainasmiles August 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

      Kandis,

      I am proud of you, but I am always proud of you! You are amazing wife and mother!! We should all be more like you 🙂 I will be praying for you and Peter. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt Peter’s heart will be changed! I love you so much and would love to talk more. Call me if you get some time. PLEASE! hehe. 615-630-0774

  2. Whitney August 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    Alaina,

    I love this. You know I let it all out just like you, and marriage is TOUGH!! So glad you are both in a place of wanting to work thru the hard stuff TOGETHER. Everytime we have a hard time I our marriage, we always come out stronger! Thanks for your honest, inspiring words!! 🙂 You’re awesome!

  3. Auntie B August 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    Laners,
    “Woman of God”. You are so blessed. Continue to bless us through your wonderful writing!

    Much love and blessing to you and Stephan.
    Aunt B

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