It is now time to reap joy!

Here I go again.  It is time to continue my journey.  I have shared so much through this blog.  Most of it is the hard part, the loss, the sadness and the grief.  I have sown many tears.  I am thankfully now in a season where I am reaping joy on a daily basis!  I am so blessed to have found love again.  My favorite part is that it was with someone who was right there all along.  We just were not ready for each other yet.  God had some work do do in both of our lives and in both of our hearts before we were to be together.  I am amazed every day at the things God had in store for us.  Is every day easy? No!  Is every day perfect? No!  Do we laugh every day? YES!  Do we try every day to serve the other? Yes!  Be it in words or actions, we serve each other.  Some days we do more than others, but we have a mutual respect and appreciation for what the other does and says.

Right now, I have one goal, to return to my love of writing.  But also to encourage relationships with others.  I love all that God has given me.  I am beyond blessed.  Both of us went through some very difficult moments before we ended up here in this beautiful life together.   We are parenting 5 children, 2 cats and a dog!  We have challenges, laughter, tears, victories and failures.  We don’t always get it right, but we are trying together!  Life can be hard, but God is always good, faithful and true!



By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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