Kelsey’s story is one of God’s redemptive power, boundless Love, and amazing Grace. Kelsey and her family have been an inspiration from afar, from my home town of Enumclaw, as they have started a company called Modern Day Roots– advocates for foster care, celebrators of adoption, and supporters of others while they walk through their own story. Kelsey and her husband are on mission together. This is her story
There is a song that I love and I love it all because of one sentence. ” It’s the gentle hand the pulls you from the judgement of the crowd when you stand before them guilty and you’ve got no way out.”
I always knew of God but it wasn’t until I began to stand guilty that I began to know him. At 20 years old and a non-believer out of complete desperation for happiness I packed up my daughter and left my marriage. Leaving a not perfect but loving husband brokenhearted. Within weeks I began dating one of his friends and shattered the world around us with my choices.
Somewhere in the midst of my wreckage God met me and began to be that gentle hand pulling me away from the sin I followed out the door.
We often put ourselves in categories of what we would never do and then surprise ourselves with how absolutely wrong we are about what we are truly capable of. Somewhere in the midst of my wreckage God met me and began to be that gentle hand pulling me away from the sin I followed out the door. God placed a supernatural healing over my husband and I. He placed himself in the center of us and almost 2 years after I gave up on my marriage, even after divorce, we were remarried.
There is a million little details God continues to reveal to me to show me how I got from there to here. 13 years later my husband and I are always opening up our hearts more to Jesus allowing him to work in broken places, leading us where he wants us, slowly (yep were slow at it too) letting him pry our grip off of the world. We are constantly learning new and wonderful things about what marriage is and to be on mission together. The fact that I am even able to write all of this is because Gods grace is so abundant. So life giving.
It is hard to share the ugly truth of what we have done sometimes but when God redeems our hearts you can’t hide it or you end up hiding the truth about God. I no longer stand guilty and not because what I did doesn’t matter but because what Jesus did matters far more.