As we talked about last week, God places us in different situations and circumstances for a certain period of time to accomplish His will. It was in God's plan that Bob and I were married to Gloria and Wayne respectively before we married each other. Our caring for our first spouses made us the people we are today and the people we can be for each other and our families today. As I said before, I talked about this in my blog post last week which you can read by clicking on the link below; if you did not get chance to read it last week: https://christiancaregiving.blogspot.com/2021/07/chosen-for-such-time-as-this.html
Fifty years ago on July 30, 1971, I became a blushing bride for the first time. I married my first love that day. I really only had one boyfriend before that time, and that dating relationship only lasted a few months. Wayne and I had a good marriage, and it resulted in three sons and nine grandchildren two of whom were born after Wayne's death. I have a picture above of grandchildren that are a result of that marriage. (This picture ironically was taken on Bob's and my wedding day.)
The last years of that marriage were difficult because of Wayne's neurological disease, and I lost him to death in early 2011. Those were difficult years, but once again, I praise God for the awesome things that came from that experience including my book, Dear Caregiver Reflections for Family Caregivers. Later Bob, my new husband of two years, read my book while he was caring for his wife, and that is partly why we are together today.
Praise God for strength and blessing in both the difficult moments and joyful moments. He is a good and faithful God.