‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”- Mark 10:7-9God is so good and loving. I'm so thankful He knows what is best for us and He gives it. Verse 9 says God himself joined Andy and I together. Nine years ago today, we stood in front of our family and friends and vowed to live out that gift humbly, in His power, as He called.
Some gifts of God become more precious as the years go by. Someday I hope to share our full marriage story with you. It's not at all perfect. (In fact, we almost didn't make it this far.) Yet the flaws are really an incredible picture of God's goodness and loving hand. He is so very good.
Today, in honor of 9 years of God's love, forgiveness, lavishness, restoration, grace, and beauty poured out in us, here is a small glimpse of 9 years of Andy and Ginny- in pictures...
|Just Married- May18th, 2002|
|1 Year- (my hair and andy's sweater make me laugh)|
|Year 2- God took us to Haiti! (But this is us in Texas visiting family)|
|year 3- We're parents! A precious gift and new ministry from God.|
|Year 4- Healing, growing, praying about full time ministry|
|Year 5- First step in obeying God's call to "go"-in the Sahara desert!|
|Year 5- Sweet and unexpected God gift. Me and my love in Paris:)|
|Year 6- At home in NJ.|
|Year 7- Meeting our ministry team in Colorado (I'm pregnant!)|
|Year 8- Family of 4! Fully funded ministry! Amazing God:)|
|9 years married to my best friend and expecting Baby #3. Blessed.|
I cannot believe it's been nine years! I'm thankful for each step in each year. God has drawn us to Himself and taught us how to love. We've experienced forgiveness and healing that have transformed our hearts. He's given us deeper intimacy with Him and an amazing vision of Him, for our family, and His world.
Thanking God today for Andy Jacobson, my best friend. He is our provider. He loves our boys and spends so much time pouring into them. He seeks God and prays for/with me. He is laid back. He's goofy. He's very handy at repairs. He tells the longest stories you will ever hear and sometimes forgets his point halfway through:) We still stay up until 2 am talking once a week. I'm exhausted the next morning, but yet, I love how easy, fun, and deep our relationship is. We are one. And it's beautiful.
He's the sweetest and greatest gift God has ever blessed me with outside of Himself. So.very. thankful.