…by far my favorite year.

It’s been 7 years since we tied the knot; 7 remarkably challenging and insanely eventful years to say the least. Challenges and all, these last 7 years have been the greatest years of my life! 

I never would have anticipated celebrating an anniversary in a correctional facility. Yet this year we did. And this year is by far my favorite. 

Why? Because for the first year, Danny and I weren’t distracted by the noise and disturbances of this world. Instead, we were focused solely on each other. As we sat around the table in the JRCF visitation room our eyes, ears and hearts focused on the now —not the past nor the future. There was no phone and there was no Internet; there was merely nothing to separate us in that moment.

Those eight hours spent with my best friend this weekend were nothing shy of perfect. We joked. We laughed. We told stories. And we prayed. We found joy in the chaos. 

We could have allowed our circumstances to weaken us, to steal our joy, and to hinder our growth and love for one another, yet Danny, and I have chosen not to waste our moments lamenting over what awful things we endure in this temporary world; instead we’ve chosen to focus on the promises of our generous and gracious God. 

We could have allowed our circumstances to weaken us, to steal our joy, and to hinder our growth and love for one another. Instead, we’ve chosen to focus on the promises of our generous and gracious God. 

The Grandeur of Grace

Published by B. Stanley

Brooke lives in beautiful southwest Oklahoma where she faithfully serves God and His people as a Ministry Director at a local church. Brooke has been walking very closely with the Lord since 2015 after surrendering her life to Christ at the age of 24. For Brooke, writing simply began as an outlet through journaling. As the Lord called her deeper into vocational ministry, she felt Him asking for greater transparency and vulnerability. She now openly and honestly shares her past and current realities with a great hope for those who read her words. Having experienced the grandeur of God's grace herself it is her mission that others, too, would find freedom from the chains that bind them and embrace His relentless amazing grace. Her testimony is one of failure and success, brokenness and blessing, shame and freedom. You’ll find her sitting at the sinner’s table, compassionately and empathetically speaking to every outsider, destitute, and cast-away of the world. Because after all, that’s the grandeur of grace.

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