When last I posted, I was training for the Maui Marathon. True I’ve not posted in over a year so a closure post is probably not needed, however, I wanted to post today to finally close this journey. Have I met all my health and fitness goals that I’ve set and posted on this blog? No. I am still working to complete several goals and I have some new ones in the works for next year as well.(does one ever really stop working on their health and well being? I hope not). I may or may not blog about some of the processes and journey’s to these new goals in the future but it is time to bring closure to the transformation documented here in this blog. So this will be the last official post on MissJ’s blog.
Most of you know the journey I’ve been on the last five years and if you do not, you can go back and read about it in past posts. This journey took me from almost 380 to under 200. From not really living to completing a full marathon. A journey that required me to change more in my life than I ever thought to bring my life back to a place that I could really live.
Ten months ago, after completing(surviving really) the Maui Marathon in September, I left the church I had been a part of for 4 1/2 years (and in some ways over 10 years) and set out to find what God would have for me next in both ministry and life. In living that new life, my prayer was to find someone to share my life and a new place to be planted in ministry. I was looking for the next chapter and knew that I had to take a step out of what was comfortable and begin to step into the unknown. At one point I thought I had found that church and was working to get involved in ministry and building new relationships. Then I took different step toward that relationship goal and drove over a bridge to meet an eharmony connection in Gig Harbor. That day changed my life.
On Feb 8th, 2014 I met Hugh Sutherland and began what has been the most incredible journey of my life. Without a doubt I know that God has brought this wonderful man into my life. The love that we have is ever growing and ever changing. Daily we are working to build a strong foundation in our relationship. I’m amazed at how God is continuing to bring us closer and make us stronger. After visiting his church in Gig Harbor, I felt that this was a place God could open doors for ministry. A place Hugh and I could serve together and touch lives. I do not yet know all the ways that those doors will open but I have so enjoyed getting involved with the worship and getting to know the wonderful people at Gig Harbor United Methodist.
The last six months have been full of new, challenging and exciting changes. Tonight Hugh and I are able to enjoy a wonderful dinner to celebrate these past six months, all that God had done to bring us together, the relationship that He is building and the love that is growing in our lives. Tomorrow begins the next phase in our journey as I move to Gig Harbor. The move will put me in the community where God has already moved my heart. The move will give Hugh and me even more ability to grow and strengthen our relationship for the future. To better enable us to support each other in life and in ministry. A solid foundation is our goal for the future we are building and planning. So as I end this journey, I’ve already began a new one. Thank you to all who have read and supported this blog over the last several years. I hope and pray that in some small way this journey has been a help to you in your own journey to become who God has created you to be.
Psalms 16:11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.
God Bless – Janelle