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Boaz and Me – Celebrate Our 4th Wedding Anniversary

Boaz and Me – Celebrate Our 4th Wedding Anniversary

Happy endings for the brokenhearted. Two broken hearts find healing in new love. The day the tragic motorcycle accident tore my husband Paul’s physical presence from my arms, my world collapsed. My fairytale became a nightmare; my life as I knew it ended. With Paul’s “promotion to heaven,” our marriage of twenty-eight years was over. I became a widow. “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior for He has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.” Luke 1:46

As a single woman, I had to humble myself, in my financial struggles, making major decisions (buying a car, putting a new roof on my home and remodeling a bathroom), travelling to Africa alone. “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” Lam. 3:25

In June 2012, a widower asked if he could clean my garage, the Lord asked me to accept help. Jim Turner’s wife, Peggy eighteen months prior, succumbed to a five year battle with breast cancer. We shared our grief as we sorted.

Jim and I became good friends and fell deeply in love, as we blended hearts and lives, we decided to be married on April 12, 2014.“Do not be afraid, you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace, you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the disappointment of your widowhood.” Isaiah 54:4

My story reminds me of Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law, also widowed at a young age.  God provided Ruth a kinsman-redeemer; Boaz. A hopeless romantic, my faith in fairytale happy endings has been restored. My new husband, Jim Turner and I look forward to many years of serving God together. On this our fourth wedding anniversary, we want you to know we have endured more trials and triumphs — the death of my 82 year old father six weeks after our wedding, Jim dealing with unforeseen health problems, Sheryl facing challenging job changes and God’s faithfulness with grace saw us through. May the God of hope continue to strengthen you, too!

“May the God of hope make you full of joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

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