As you may have noticed, from time to time, we feature stories written by members of the blog community here. Some of these are testimonies of transformation ignited and sustained by a faithful God. Sometimes, these are “lessons learned from the fox hole.” Still others might give you a personal glimpse into a member of our community here at God is Doing a New Thing. Today’s blog post is a combination of all of the above!
Jamie is one of those people who is always willing to provide an encouraging word. One of my favorite aspects of Jamie’s presence in our “Blog Community” is the way she always has a pertinent Scripture to share with whoever posts a comment, question, or concern. Jamie’s support and strength have been felt by many who frequent the blog and I am thrilled to have you officially “meet” her today!
So, without further ado, “Heeeeeere’s Jaime!” 🙂
I’ve been a follower of Jesus Christ for most of my life. From a young age I was very drawn to God. My Grandparents had a powerful effect on my life. Christ has continued to draw me closer and closer to Him and I am still growing in the knowledge of my Savior daily. I have struggled with weight issues since childhood and was teased and ridiculed a lot growing up due to being overweight. I have struggled back and forth throughout my adulthood with my weight issue and have had a mix of success and failure along the way. The Lord’s encouragement that He loves me “no matter what” is what keeps my head lifted up. His word proclaims that, “He is the lifter of our heads.” My husband believes so much in me and tells me often how beautiful I look and reinforces over and over that he loves me just as I am.
I also cherish so much the encouragement I get from Heidi and the other women involved in her ministry ‘God is Doing a New Thing.’ Heidi is an encourager and doesn’t add more weight to the guilt I already struggle with in my battle to lose weight and accept myself as I am. I have released 21 pounds and down a size. It felt so good to wear my jeans that sat in my closet for over a year and my capri’s. God is helping me to depend upon His timing for when my body needs to eat. I’m now focusing on the 0-5 eating and waiting for true hunger and fullness.
I was widowed at age 32, with two sons, aged seven and nine. My husband, Jeff, at the time had been in the Air Force for twelve years and we were stationed overseas in Guam when he was suddenly killed in a work related accident. Our lives were devastated. We didn’t know how we could go on without him. We left the island of Guam five days after his death and returned to Great Falls, Montana, where my church family awaited our arrival.
God was so good and faithful to carry me and my two sons through the painful storms of life. We experienced the power of God in our lives in a very tangible way. God gave me confidence to go forward without my husband by my side. It was a very scary world without my mate and love of my life. God had to show me I could trust in Him to do the very basic things in life, like mowing the lawn and putting gas in a car and writing a check. He was with me all the way!
I bought my first home and vehicle with the assurance of God holding me and helping me along the whole way. I had to learn to do a lot on my own; to include being a parent on my own. God continued to assure me that He was with me and that He would help me along the way. He sent caring women into my life to be a blessing and encouragement to me. Just over a year later I met my husband Dave who is a very godly man and loves the Lord. He had two teenage daughters and I had my two boys aged eight and ten.
Dave and I had a whirlwind romance (lol) and married within a few months after meeting. Family and friends thought we were crazy…and we were. But we felt strongly it was the Father God’s good plan. We would endure some very tough times in growing together as a blended family. But God would see us through. So here I am with my blended family 17 years later and we’ve all come through so many storms of life and good times too. God has been so faithful in His love toward us all. Dave was forced into an early retirement due to complications from open heart surgery. It changed our lives in a big way. I was also forced to end my home business doing foster care with the mentally ill adults. My husband is doing much better now, but still suffers from a mood and anxiety disorder
A year after retiring, we moved to Hamilton, Montana, located in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. Sadly, due to the poor air quality here due to fires and ongoing open burning, we are forced to move again due to us both having asthma. We plan to return to Helena in the early spring. We need to downsize even more and get rid of a lot of unneeded stuff. God is at work and helping us to get the job done.
Additionally, I have five wonderful grandchildren and another one on it’s way; our family just keeps growing. Two of our children live in Montana, one lives in Seattle, and one in Kentucky.
I love to cook and quilt and also paint pictures of animals and scenery. I love to pray for people and share the word of God and the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Long scenic drives with my husband is one of my most enjoyable pass times. I also love to go on bike rides and walk in the mountains. It is so beautiful here in Hamilton; but we must leave the smoky air behind.
God will have new things for us to learn and experience in wherever He leads us next. I just need to trust and not be afraid of what he Has planned for us ahead…new adventures…new challenges…new breakthroughs.
~ Blog Community Member, “Jamie”
How About You?
Let’s pray for one another. Let’s start by praying for Jamie and her family during this challenging time. Right now, will you just ask God to reveal His good will to her and her husband and to give them the strength to follow it? And would you like to be lifted up in prayer as well? Please feel free to share that with us here. There are many in our community who will lift these concerns up to the Lord. ~ Heidi