Feb 16, 2010

That Good Girl

At the risk of sounding very Matthew One'ish, I have a story to tell.

Cabel was from Franklin County, Virginia. He fell in love with Emma who lived on Dutch Hollow Rd. Cabel and Emma married and lived on Pioneer Rd. for the rest of their life. They begat Randy who fell in love with Jan who lived on Gomer Rd. Randy and Jan begat Joni.

Orville was from Franklin County, Virginia and he fell in love with Ruth who lived on
Pioneer Rd. Orville and Ruth married and lived on Kemp Rd. for the rest of their life. They begat Gary, who fell in love with Lucille from Franklin County, VA. Gary and Lucille begat Nathan.

When Joni
(Pioneer Rd.) was 10, she went ice skating on Poling Rd. and promptly fell head over heels with Nathan from Franklin County, VA who was visiting his grandparents. Eight years later, Nathan and Joni got married and moved to Franklin County, VA.

Unbeknown to Nate and Joni, there was a young associate minister at a church on
Brower Rd.
who began praying for a church of his own. Pastor Terry and Tammy had two daughters, Cindy and Amy, and they soon were contacted by Twin Oaks Baptist Church in Franklin County, VA.

Joni learned to love Franklin County, VA although it was a lot hillier than what she was used to. One of the things that helped is that she found a great friend, Regina. Regina introduced Joni to her sister, Abbie who lived in Virginia.

Abbie fell in love with Jordan, who lived on
Kemp Rd. Regina, Joni, and Abbie all found themselves attending Twin Oaks together, with a Pastor who had once lived near Elida. Abbie was led to the Lord by Amy and baptized by Amy's Dad, Pastor Terry.

Abbie and Jordan are now engaged and getting married in June by Pastor Terry and are planning to live on
Poling Rd. They also had their engagement pictures taken by Amy.

The distance between all of the roads in Elida, Ohio that I just named is approximately eight miles. Yet it is 480 miles from Franklin County, Virginia.

And God was moving all the while....

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

Abbie, I know that there are a lot of people that are dreading your move to Ohio because they will miss you. Not me. Okay, so we will miss you, but you are moving to a great area, surrounded by people that will grow to love you (who wouldn't?), and you have a Good guy that loves you. But more importantly, a God that has called you according to his purpose. Praise God that you are both seeking Him first. We love you and we support you.

And Regina and I can chat for 480 miles, no problem.
Looking forward to many road trips.


hubbardgirl said...

okay, so i'm typing through teary, blurry eyes. i don't really know what to say other than..GREAT!!!

regina said...

I'm with mom...typing through tears...what an awesome friend I have in you, Joni Lee!!! God is good all the time and all the time God is good...please remind me of this often(especially around June)...this is probably my favorite post of all time(of course I'm partial)I love you!!

Kristi said...

oh Joni... all us Hubbards bawling... I so love that you wrote this <3

Abbie said...

WOW! Thanks Joni! :) I love it, and you! I know i will be surrounded by loving people in Ohio, but its just hard to picture at this point! Keep praying for us to find a good church family as well, please!

Terry said...

Tammy and I think a lot about how God has woven all of this together. He could have taken us anywhere, but He chose Lima, OH. Then He could have moved us anywhere, but He chose Franklin Cty., VA. We know all these 'roads' you have mentioned. Wow. You can also add that I led Abbie's future husband to the Lord last Saturday and that I will do their wedding in June, and that Jordan's brother stayed in my house even before we knew Abbie and that he dates Amy's best friend in OH.

P.S. God has still a lot more chapters to write in this story.

hubbardgirl said...

i was thinking about jess kraelor(sp) from lima oh that became good friends with amy covey. when abbie had been dating jordan just a short while, joel and jess came along with jordon, and abbie told me that jess was going to go visit amy in ferrum. she had no idea that it was pastor's daughter....and now this is where things are at. you're right, pastor, the story is not all told yet!!God is awesome!!!

Mrs. K said...

Wow, what a great story!