25 "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm my great army that I sent among you.
26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. NIV
October 17 was a busy day! All day long I had a nagging feeling I was forgetting something. I mailed something at our local post office and when I wrote the date commented to Lynn, the Saturday post mistress, that I must be forgetting someone's birthday, that the date rang a bell, but I just could not think of what it was. Later, my precious husband asked me to wait a minute, then he went into the next room to get something. He returned, knelt before me, and read to me the poem he wrote for me to ask me to be his wife on October 17, 2005...
By the summer of 1999 the "locust" had eaten everything. I was in a failing marriage with a man who was bi-polar. We were in the midst of our 6th move in 7 years. A year earlier I miscarried our first child during the 2nd tri-mester. Four months earlier he was admitted to the state mental hospital for attempted suicide and I had just gotten off the phone with his counselor who informed me that he had admitted to her another suicide attempt. I was devistated and beside myself. I went to the only place I knew I could find comfort, The Word. I opened my Bible and God gave me Joel 2:25-26. It was a very special promise that sustained me through a 2nd miscarriage and the eventual demise of my first marriage. I knew He was faithful and that He would restore! Obviously, I did not know when, how, where or with whom; but 10 years later the restoration is complete. On October 17 of 2005 God's BEST asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. In May of 2006 we made a covenant before Christ and all our friends to love, honor and cherish each other til death. In July of that year, the Lord blessed us with a pregnancy. Having lost 2 babies in my first marriage I just prayed that I would stay pregnant. My precious FF arrived 3 weeks early and very small, but she was born on the very due date of my first precious angel. ACE arrive in June of 2008. A marriage lost, a covenant lasting relationship found, 2 babies taken, 2 blessings returned. The restoration of the Lord is a beautiful thing and His attention to detail makes me weep with gratitude and thanksgiving. I praise Him for the wonders He has worked!