Dancing in the Minefields

I heard this song on the way to work this morning and felt so compelled to share it.  When I get feelings like those, I feel it is of the Lord and I need to share them with you, because someone reading needs to hear this.  I also couldn’t help but to think of my sweet friend and her husband who are adopting a child right now, and are going through a period of waiting (aka a Minefield).  The lyrics to this song are so powerful, and I encourage you to go listen to it HERE.

Dancing in the Minefields (Andrew Peterson)

Well I was 19 you were 21
The year we got engaged
Everyone said we were much to young
But we did it anyway
We got the rings for 40 each from a pawnshop down the road
We said our vows and took the leap now 15 years ago

Chorus:
We went dancing in the minefields
We went sailing in the storm
And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise was for

Well ‘I do’ are the two most famous last words
The beginning of the end
But to lose your life for another I’ve heard is a good place to begin
Cause the only way to find your life is to lay your own life down
And I believe it’s an easy price for the life that we have found

Chorus:
And we’re dancing in the minefields
We’re went sailing in the storm
And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise was for
That’s what the promise is for

Bridge:
So when I lose my way, find me
When I lose loves chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith
to the end of all my days
when I forget my name, remind me

Cause we bear the light of the Son of man
So there’s nothing left to fear
So I’ll walk with you in the shadow lands
Till the shadows disappear
Cause He promised not to leave us
And His promises are true
So in the face of this chaos baby
I can dance with you

Chorus:
So lets go dancing in the minefields
Lets go sailing in the storms
Oh lets go dancing in the minefields
And kicking down the doors
Oh lets go dancing in the minefields
And sailing in the storms
Oh this is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that’s what the promise if for
That’s what the promise is for

 

Weekend wrap-up

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I had a wonderful weekend spent with sweet friends, good food, and fantastic worship.  The Tar Heel left Thursday evening for the beach to begin his first fishing weekend in several weeks.  I was so excited for him.  Originally I planned to leave after work Friday to join him, but made last minute plans to visit Caroline in Charlotte instead. 

Charlotte is such a fun city, and we spent the day catching up, enjoying Yofuria (my first self-serve fro-yo experience and I was in LOVE), playing with Sadie (seen above! the only picture I managed to take all weekend… haha), more eating at Newk’s, and a visit to Elevation Church for the Saturday evening service.  Can I just go on a little tangent for a minute? Great.  Elevation Church is one of the most amazing churches I have ever been to.  Every single time I go I feel as though the service was intended just for me and recent events in my life.  That is obviously not  the case, but it is still so awesome. Elevation is doing amazing things for the city of Charlotte, and it is incredible to find a church that large whose absolute heart and passion is community outreach.  I can’t really explain it in just one blog post.  If you are ever near the area (ie, within an hour’s driving distance) I cannot urge you enough to attend a service.  Go, go, go to Elevation!  

So, end tangent.   After leaving Charlotte, I made the hefty little drive back east to the Tar Heel’s family’s beach house.  We got up early the next morning to head to Port City Community Church.  Since this was the Tar Heel’s first weekend not working, we were able to attend the service together.  Since we started dating, this was only the third church service we’ve attended together (ie, sitting beside each other) and that was so awesome.  I admire all the spouses of pastors and other church staff members who aren’t able to worship together (technically), sitting in the same service, beside each other.  I know that’s not what it is really all about, but it was wonderful to be able to do that Sunday together.  After church, we met up with Amster and Matthew who just happened to be on vacation in Wrightsville Beach!!! This was the first time we have seen each other since their wedding in May, so I was THRILLED to find out we were able to have lunch.  It was absolutely amazing catching up and we had a greaaaat time.  I am so blessed to have friends like Amy!! 

Finally, we checked out Elijah’s and The Pilot House for potential reception sites and we are allllmost positive Elijah’s will be the winner!! We are super excited and thrilled to almost officially have our reception site booked, but we have a few contractual things to work out until it is “official-official”. YAY!!  Our wedding is really happening! :)  More to come on all of that soon… :)

Purpose.

Tonight on my way home I passed a church sign that read “God’s love is never found accidentally.”  I started to think about how applicable that is to not only God’s love, but His love for His children.  He created each and every one of us with a purpose.  We don’t really know that purpose until we discover God’s never ending love for us, and so often I have come to see how purposefully God has placed people in our lives for us to extend His kind of love toward, and for them to love us in the same way.  This has never been more evident to me than in my relationship with my sweet Tar Heel.  Our lives were so perfectly, and at times imperfectly, entwined for many years to lead us to the decision to spend our lives together.  It was only by divine intervention that we came together, and thrived, despite ourselves.

I truly believe that God placed Dustin in my life and me into his for a very real purpose and without any accident, just like when we find the love of Christ.  We have known this for several months and Dustin fondly tells me the story of his moment of clarity when he knew without a shadow of a doubt that we would spend our lives together.

And while the actual engagement itself was a surprise, I was not surprised in the least that it would be one where Dustin contemplated and planned the entire proposal with my wishes and dreams at the forefront.  He knew he would propose in Charleston, specifically the Gazebo at the Battery, after hearing how many happy memories I have of the city with my family when growing up.  He chose to do that for me.  He also picked out a photographer, because he knows how much I love having documentation of our love for one another through pictures.  He chose to do that for me.  He had a rickshaw pick us up from Magnolias, my favorite restaurant, because I told him I thought it was the neatest thing ever when my best friend Amy and her husband left their wedding in a rickshaw.   He chose to do that for me, too. 

After the photographer left and before we called to let everyone know, during our first moments together as an engaged couple, Dustin prayed and we gave our relationship to the Lord and thanked Him for His many blessings, including the gift of each other. He chose to do that for us.

I have been in a complete fog for the past few days.  The morning after our engagement, I woke up at 7:00 AM and recalled what happened the night before.  I immediately looked at my left hand and at the beautiful ring on my finger just to confirm that it wasn’t really a dream.   Luckily, it wasn’t just a dream and it all happened entirely on purpose. 

Next up: The days leading to the proposal– how the Tar Heel asked for my hand and other funny stories. :)

All photography by Kristen Williams Photography of Charleston, SC.  She was AWESOME!

1 Corinthians 2:9

“However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him!” 1 Corinthians 2:9

I wanted to take a second to thank everyone who prayed on my behalf for the new job I interviewed for.  I got my job offer yesterday!!!!  I am so happy.  The Tar Heel and I keep saying this is one more “domino” of events falling into place for us and we are thrilled.  We have prayed and prayed that the Lord would work out everything regarding this job so that I wouldn’t have to drive so far every day and he is certainly our God of Provision! :)

Now that I am officially employed, I can share a bit more  information about the awesomeness of my new job.  It is with the Department of Bariatric Surgery at Pitt County Memorial Hospital within the Brody School of Medicine at ECU.  Get all that?  Basically, I will be working with the Department of Bariatric Surgery at the hospital on the clinical research side of things.  I will be working on several studies involving patients who undergo gastric bypass and lap band procedures.  One of the major studies going on right now involves identifying and isolating a molecule which may potentially be the reason for eradicating Type 2 diabetes in gastric bypass patients……. awesome right!?!??!!?!? I can share more details of my day-to-day once I start July 26th :)

YAY!  The Tar Heel and his sweet mom, KSG, took me out  to dinner last night to celebrate.  It was so special!  And we get  to continue the celebrating because the Tar Heel and I leave tonight for our first vacation together in Charleston, SC!!!! Remember this post  where I told you all about my love for Charleston?  Well I am super excited to show the Tar Heel all the reasons why I love that place.  He has never been and I keep joking with our moms that I feel like I’m taking him to my hometown for the first time.  It is just such a sweet and dear place to me so I am excited to go back, this time with the love of my life!  I mean can it get any better?!  I bought  the cutest Lilly Pulitzer dress for the weekend too.  Here’s the style I got but my dress is a way prettier (pink, green, blue and yellow) pattern.

We are going to Magnolias on Friday night and I wanted something very “Charleston” to wear there.  Nothing says Charleston like a Lilly dress in my opinion.  :) We will take lots of pics to share with you all!

The picture of the Tar Heel and I above is from  July 4th weekend that he took with his new (really old)  film camera.  It was his one of his first film shots and they all turned out amazing!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!