At this time next week I will be a married, Lord willing. On Saturday, July 13, 2019 I will be marrying my fiancee, Bob. It seems difficult to believe that the day is almost here after these months and weeks of planning.
Most of you know my story of being a caregiver for my first husband, Wayne. Those years of being his caregiver and watching him deteriorate physically step by step were difficult years. During that time I learned the importance of resting in the Lord. My relationship with the Lord became very intimate during that time.
As a result of that experience I also developed a deep concern for other family caregivers who often are carrying heavy loads, as they care for their loved ones with serious diseases. Hence, I wrote my book, Dear Caregiver Reflections for Family Caregivers. The order page for that book on Amazon can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Caregiver-Sharon-Vander-Waal/dp/1629524263/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482027543&sr=1-1&keywords=Dear+Caregiver I also experienced God's grace and love in many other ways during those years since my husband's death. God has used my story in beautiful ways.
It was eight years ago last January that my first husband, Wayne, passed into Glory. Now God has added a wonderful blessing into my life in the person of my soon to be new husband, Bob. Our story is special to us. I was one of his first wife's caregivers at a place called the Gathering Place where I volunteer. I also volunteered with his daughter at that time. At a certain point I gave my book to this daughter. She in turn gave it to her dad. It proved to be a help and blessing to him in his care for his wife. Later after his wife's death, Bob also began volunteering for the Gathering Place. After a period of time he asked me for a date, and the rest is history. We believe it is a beautiful story of God's plan for our lives and His love for us.
One of our favorite verses is Hebrews 13:5, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." It is a verse I write in every one of the books that I sign. It is God's promise to us, and it is our promise to each other. Pray for us as we marry at the end of this week.
(I may not be posting for the next couple weeks. Use this time to read some of my older posts.)