• April Harper

Here we go!

Updated: Feb 27, 2019

You guys, I am so excited to meet you!

A few weeks ago I had this realization that what God has done and is doing in me has everything to do with the community of people that he has given me. My best friends, Bible study leaders, and even encouraging people on the internet that I’ve never met. The stories they share with me push me to be a better wife, mother, teacher, leader, student, and friend. We were made to be together, to learn and grow from each other, and I can’t wait to hear your story. Here is a little bit of mine. My husband and I both grew up in small towns in Indiana and studied at Indiana University to become English teachers. We met right at the end of college, and I fell in love with him at first sight. I fumbled over my words trying to introduce myself to him and the song “today I met the boy I’m going to marry” started playing in my head like in Father of the Bride. I asked him out and pursued him because I was so confident that our lives were meant to be together. It took him a few months, but he finally fell in love with me too. Neither of us is an English teacher anymore. We have different careers, crazy schedules, and two beautiful babies that create a total mess in our house every single day, but the dreams I had the day I met him of having coffee together in the morning, sharing a life, and just staring at each other have come true. But get this. Just two months before that first day I met Stephen, I broke up with my on-and-off boyfriend of three years. I had just come back from Passion Conference after experiencing three days of Beth Moore laying down the WORD! Those days of really listening to God allowed me to see that I wasn't living the best life -- the one that God had for me. As I broke up with him, the man I thought I wanted to marry, I could barely come up with a reason. I just KNEW that God wanted something else for me, as painful as it felt. And it made no sense to anyone in my life. I spent the next two months cleaning out my heart to make room for truth, wholeness, and quieting myself to listen to what God was saying to me.

When I met my husband shortly after that, you know how much that taught me? That stepping out of what is comfortable to trust God even when I have no idea what is ahead is the only choice that actually makes any sense. My relationships, work, passions, and heart-- I can have the hope of tomorrow because he is making all • things • new.

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