a little over a year ago, i kept hearing about this boy named joel alley. many people in my life were determined that we should meet and that we would be perfect, absolutely perfect for each other. i think it took some convincing on both our parts to allow these friends to set us up (i have never been a fan of the blind date scene and neither has joel); we really made them work overtime in order to make it happen but they were (obviously) able to pull it off and a year later i can tell you that i've never been happier!
it amazes me to look back over the last year to see how the Lord has not only changed and developed my relationship with joel but to see how i have changed over the last year. i cannot begin to express how thankful i am to have been blessed with such a Godly man. i have learned so much about God's love for me this year through my relationship with joel and all i can say is that i'm thankful that i will never be the same! it has been such an amazing thing to see the picture beginning to develop in my own life that is described in ephesians 5; i have a true desire to submit to joel (even though i can be quite the strong willed girl ;) because he loves me as Christ loves the church and i know without a shadow of a doubt that he has my best interest in mind.
i am beyond excited to start this new journey that will begin on december 6, 2008, at 6:00 pm. i can't wait to see where the Lord will take us and how He will change us, grow us, and use us!