Friday, September 30, 2011

And He Shall Give You the Desire of Your Heart

Have any of you noticed the verse I have on the picture of my blog? 

Delight thyself also in the LORD, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.   Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:4-5)

I told my friend Jenna at the beginning of the new year (2011) that this was going to be my theme verse for the year.  How much that was true, I didn't even know.

In April, I met through a friend and began communicating with an amazing young man named Daniel Schrock.  Daniel is in the Marine Corps and was then stationed in Afghanistan serving our country.  I didn't know a thing about this young man but when one of the first questions he asked me was if I could share my testimony with him, I knew that God had sent me something pretty special. 

Daniel and I began talking on the phone and skype every day unless he was out on a mission.  We asked each other every question that you can think of.  "What do you think a church's standards should be on alcohol?"(honestly, this was the first thing we ever talked about on the phone, yes welcome to the life of Bethany :D)  "How many children do you want someday?"  "What does commitment mean to you?"  "Opinion on debt?"  Etc.  You get the picture. :)  We talked about favorite foods, hobbies, everything. 

On August 25, Daniel came back to his home in Ohio for a 3 week post-deployment leave.  Over the previous 3 weeks he had been traveling from Afghanistan to North Carolina (where he is stationed).  The next morning he came to Michigan to meet me in person.  Within an hour of him arriving, we were on the tractor moving the baler from the hay field and cutting down branches that had fallen in a storm.  I knew, this was a man I could work with for the rest of my life. 

Only a few days into his leave, he was asked to partake in recruiters assistance in his hometown in Ohio.  So once the paperwork was all done, he was given another whole month to be on leave!  You can only imagine how excited we were!!!!!  Over his weeks at home, we realized that even though we'd never met in person, we had already met in heart and were completely comfortable with each other and.....loved each other.

On September 25, 2011 Daniel Schrock asked me to become his wife.  I gladly told him YES!  We are looking forward to starting a life together soon, as in December 23, 2011.  :)  Daniel will be going back to North Carolina in just two weeks and I will be going to visit him over Thanksgiving.  Then he will be coming back for the wedding.  We covet your prayers, being apart will be difficult! 

My greatest desire and goal was first, that I could serve God to my highest potential and second, to be a good and virtuous wife and mother.  I'll be working on the virtuous part but God has given me the opportunity to serve as a wife.  May I be the best that I can be. 

So to summarize this for your brain to wrap it's fingers around (do brains have fingers?), I am engaged to Daniel Levi Schrock and we will be married on December 23, 2011.  May God receive the glory for the work that He has done in us!

In Christ,
Bethany & Daniel


*~Sarah Lynn~* said...

Congratulations! :-)Congratulations! :-)

Rachel said...

OH congratulations, Bethany!!!!
God's richest blessings to you and Daniel! :)
Praying for joy and peace as you two are apart!
blessings and love,
Rachel (M)

Jenna said...

My dear friend, as I've already said a few times, I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!

I am so blessed to watch you, my wonderful friend, grow up and become such an incredible young lady who loves the Lord with all her heart...I couldn't be happier to watch as you delight yourself in the Lord and He in turn, gives you the desires of your heart.

Praying that the Lord blesses you and Daniel abundantly as you become one, remembering always to keep Christ at the center of your relationship.

Love you so much!! You're amazing:)

Catherine Anne said...

Oh this sweetness of young love~ It sits all over both of your faces. Blessings and prayers to you!

J.J. Biddinger said...

You're getting married... in three months... WOW.

Well, congrats! :)

Jennifer said...

Congratulations Bethany!!!!!!!

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Lori said...


I am happy and excited for you. We will miss you around here as will your family of that I am sure. Wow! Is your momma ready for this?

C. B. Nottingham said...

Delighted to get your good news!! May he and the Lord always be the desire of your heart! Wishing you God speed on the wedding plans.

Sherrie Marie said...

so glad for you

Marissa said...

Bethany!! Oh my goodness, I can't believe you're getting married, girl! That is sooo unbelievably exciting!

I was so encouraged reading about your story, and I can't wait to hear more about you and Daniel in upcoming posts! May God continue to bless you ABUNDANTLY!

Hadassah's Corner said...

Many congratulations your way. I am sister to Lydia H. gallopingguitarist blog.... I am praying for you.... I know the struggles of being apart from the loved man in your life. I am at this point in my own life, but is finding that God is faithful through each day.

Adam said...

Congratulations, Miss Bethany!!!!
God's richest blessings to you and Daniel! :)Signed a Brother in the Lord Adam

Katie Wegner said...

Congrats! I'm so excited for you!

Joshua said...

Congratulations Bethany!!! I pray that God would pour out his blessings upon you and Daniel. May you both experience his love in a newly fresh way as you begin life together in a couple months as a couple. God's blessings to you. Congrats again!!! :)

In Christ,
Joshua :)

Sandy@American Way Farm said...

I was just catching up on a few friends on FB when I saw your post. Congratulations to you both! May the Lord pour out His richest blessings to you and Daniel as you continue to serve Him. As you remember to include Him in your marriage you will be happy.

Kelsianne said...

Wow, that is so exciting! Congratulations Bethany! <3


Galloping Guitarist said...

Wow! okay so I thought you were dating him but didn't think you were engaged yet! That just made me REALLY excited and REALLY, REALLY happy for you!
I will be praying for you!

I'm like, almost jumping up and down! :-)

Mikah Criis said...

There was a long time since I heard a story so blessed .... I cried like yours truly, for this story is so beautiful .. Congratulations .... I know I do not know me, but I wish you all the happiness in the world.

KyAnn said...

Congratulations!!!! :)

Heather said...

I love your love story!! It reminds me so much of mine! I also met my husband while he was deployed & we live in NC :) The way we met each other & our story was perfectly orchestrated by God ~ it couldn't have happened any other way (nor would I want it to!).

Please thank your husband for his service to our country for me!!