The BEST thing about being in ministry? Watching God show up and change hearts and situations!
After all, that is why ministry exists! He calls all of us as His children to reach out and share the Good News. We love hearing these stories, and we believe you will, too. We hope they will bless you, as well as be a sweet reminder to know that "For nothing will be impossible for God."
When Vanessa expressed her vision for a blended family ministry, I was so excited for her, and I knew God was going to bless her vision because He planted the seed in her heart. Vanessa had shared with me that she and her husband Scott would be teaching a class that focused on blended families at our church and my immediate thought was, “Come on Jesus!!!!”.
There are plenty of ministries on marriage, singleness, and even overcoming divorces, but I rarely hear about ministries that focus on blended families.
Going through a divorce and starting over can be and most often is, one of the scariest and most heart wrenching experiences in anyone’s life. At times you feel like a complete failure and all alone. You’re not sure how you are going to rebuild your life or know even where to start. I know that’s how I felt during and after my divorce. At the same time that I was praying to God for help and asking for answers, Scott and Vanessa began building their BKF ministry. Little did I know that God was going to answer my prayers through them.
Divorce is hard no matter what. Bring little people in the mix and there is a jumble of mixed emotions tearing you limb from limb. As a father or mother trying to do what’s best in your heart for the little ones you created, we have to remember, God has a plan for all of us. Sometimes it’s exactly the way we dreamed of when we were little. But for some of us, it is finding true love in your mid to late thirties and starting over. It's no easy task blending two separate foundations to form one solid foundation.
In Creating our double blended family, we had a vision of the way we wanted to handle things from how to encourage our daughters spiritually, handling issues with our exes, and how to balance our marital relationship. You know that saying, “If you want to hear God laugh show Him your plans?” Well, we certainly gave Him a good laugh. Once reality set in and we were dealing with being a blended family across three states and our marriage was split between two continents, (courtesy of the Army) we lost sight of our vision.
If God has impacted your marriage and blended family through BKF, we'd love to share your story and give hope and encouragement to those who may be struggling in their blended family.
"'Return to your home and declare how much God has done for you.' And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him."