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Our trust in God began many years before we even met each other! We can both see now how God was molding us and making us ready to be each other's marriage partner way back then. We both truly believe that God has put us together for a reason and that He will use us in His divine plan for His glory and purpose.
We have been married now since 2/20/88 and are closer to God than ever before. When we first got married, we both committed the marriage relationship to God and asked Him to bless us and show us His plan for our lives. We truly believe that putting God first in our lives is what has enabled us to make it through the tough times.
We have had many trials to face and overcome throughout our marriage—such as Jacki's chronic debilitating illness, the loss of 2 grandparents, Jacki's mother, several aunts and uncles, and later on losing both of Gorden's parents. Especially hard was the loss of our little Dusty—our fur-baby for many years. It is trials such as these that have brought us closer to God and helped us to rely on Him more and more. When nothing makes sense, it always helps to remember that God is in control and that He is still working out His perfect plan for us. He has carried us through every trial, just as He promised He would, and we can give thanks even in them (not necessarily for them!) because we know that God can take whatever the enemy throws our way and meant for our harm and use it for our good! (Romans 8:28 – "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." and Genesis 50:20 – "As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people."