Sunday, February 10, 2019
The wedding begins with prelude music at 4:30 pm CST.
The Couple is registered at:
(Click on the links below to go directly to their registry) Target
My mom and I joined Remnant Fellowship Church in 2002 when I was 9 years old. As I got older, I always kept one foot in the door at church so I’d have a place to go when things went wrong, but I longed for a life with no boundaries and no consequences. When I turned 18 I made the decision to leave the church and all my friends behind so I could live that “worry-free” life I had always wanted. I spent the next three years in a constant cycle of heartbreak, depression, anxiety, and loneliness. I was so caught up in my own life that I didn’t realize how I was hurting everyone around me. I thought I needed more friends and better relationships, a new job, a bigger house, anything I could work towards to find happiness. I was really close to Denise Thissen (then MacPherson) growing up so I reached out to her one day and she offered to send me The History of the Love of God, a new book by Gwen Lara that she said might help me. I opened the cover once and then mixed it in with all the other books on the shelf.
She also sent me an invitation to her wedding and I wanted to go, but knew that I would have to swallow a ton of pride to ever sit in the church again. My mom said she was going too and that the Thatcher’s offered for us to stay the weekend with them so I agreed to go. Let me tell you, there was a battle over my heart that even I could see and feel. I sat in the back for the ceremony and cried the entire time because I finally saw what I had really wanted all those years- it was all the love, joy, and peace that come from living a life devoted to God. I went home that weekend with a heavy heart because I knew what I needed to do. It took a few months for me to actually get the courage to change, but once I did, I’ve never looked back. I am forever humbled and grateful to God for giving me this chance to get my heart and my life right before Him.
“I am in complete awe of what God has done and I pray that our lives and our marriage are a testament to how good our God is.” – Samantha
It has not been an easy road, but I wouldn’t change it for the world because this is the road that led me back to a relationship with God, this amazing church, my exceptional friends and family, and to the most incredible future husband. I am in complete awe of what God has done and I pray that our lives and our marriage are a testament to how good our God is.
How David and I met…
I was looking for a seat at church for our Purim service and an usher directed me to an open one right next to David. I had never even spoken to him before but I got butterflies just sitting down. At one point during the service I looked up at him and thought “this might be it, there might be something here.” I can’t fully explain it but something in my heart just knew we were supposed to be together. Of course, I got pretty curious about that so any time I went out with friends after church and youth gatherings I made sure one of the guys invited him. It didn’t take long for us to realize that God was moving in our lives. When we started dating, the love and encouragement that we received from this church and from all of our friends was overwhelming, to say the least. There have been so many signs that we’ve prayed for both separately and together that truly confirmed this is what God wanted. It’s been so encouraging to see how God answers our prayers in ways we would never have imagined.
The timing of everything was completely orchestrated by God and I have total faith that He knew what he was doing all along. I truly believe that everything God had us walk through in our lives was in preparation for bringing us together, so we can appreciate fully the amazing life we’ve been given by God to share together.
I truly could not have ever dreamed up a more perfect person to spend the rest of my life with. I cannot thank God enough for literally putting my soulmate right next to me.