Jason + Amy Kelly


You would think writing about your marriage would be one of the easiest things to do… I mean you love each other so much and you have all these warm fuzzy feelings that you can’t even stand it. Right? That’s sarcasm at its finest.

I wished I could tell you what a fairytale our marriage has been. That’s the hope of every little girl, a beautiful wedding, with a beautiful dress and a happily ever after with her Prince.  Instead of feeling like a princess, I feel more like a warrior.

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Steve + Sandra Collis

Don’t give up, when the odds seem insurmountable, but push through to see your marriage thrive.

Back in the summer of 2008, we had a lot going on.  Construction was almost complete on our new house and we had just sold our house of 19 years.  Completion on our new house was still a couple of months away, so we decided we would live in Sandra’s dad’s camper until the house was complete.  We figured two months in a camper wouldn’t be so bad and it would be easier to check out the progress on our new home.

Well it was during this time that Sandra was diagnosed with colon cancer.  Sandra and I were devastated.  We were not attending church regularly and our prayer lives were almost non-existent at that time.  But it is funny how a life altering event can change your perspective.  Needless to say our prayer lives dramatically increased.  I prayed to God as hard as I could.  “Please just let Sandra live,” through this I asked Him.  We prayed for the right doctors and for God to guide them.

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Chris + Leslie Allen

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 NIV

We have been married for 28 years and we are usually very private people especially about our past, but we really feel like God is leading us to tell our story. Hopefully it will help someone else that is as broken as we were to know that there is hope, and that hope is only found in God.

To make it short and right to the point, Chris and I became addicted to pain pills after he had his total knee replacement. This was such a dark time for us, even though it took us awhile to realize it. At first you feel as if the pills are helping and you can do things with them that you couldn’t without them, but before you know it you can’t do anything without them or with them. Before we knew what was happening, we had nothing, literally nothing but ourselves. No home, barely a car, just holding on to our jobs and the final thing was the threat of losing our family. Like I said, very dark times.


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Jeremy + Ashley Webb

We have been married for almost 3 years now. Our relationship prior to marriage had many ups and downs, with fights being prevalent especially when we lived together unmarried. Our focus was not centered around Christ and our life much reflected living life centered on desires of the flesh. Without going into detail, you could probably imagine our number one desire – obviously hinted by living together unmarried, or as our parents liked to put it, “playing house.”

Although we have never been in a major fight while married (by God’s grace) we can testify to the fact that our quarrels and the intensity thereof have always been in direct correlation with the frequency and intensity of our involvement with our church. God has shielded us in many ways and we are ever grateful for that, however, we have found that the times when we became lax in our desire for growing in our community (life group, areas where we serve ect.) our arguments (many petty ones) arose. God allows this to happen so in turn we will realize how gracious he is and how crucial it really is to be connected to our church body and living a life of building His Kingdom.

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Dwain + Dee Davis

31 years! It literally seems like we were standing in front of each other at the altar yesterday reciting our vows to one another. But it has been a short 31 years!  We have thought about our marriage and what we want to share with other couples who may be newlyweds, others who may be raising very young children and think they will never have time for one another again, or the couple trying to discipline teenagers together. The first thing we can say is that we have been there and survived and you will too!

We survived and it would not be right not to tell you the one and ONLY way we survived. We are not experts by far but I think some of the experience we have might be of help to some of you.

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Real Stories of Blood, Sweat and Tears

As we continue in our Blood, Sweat, and Tears sermon series, we are excited to connect you with couples in our church who know what this means in a real way! Over the next few weeks we will be sharing blogs on Mondays and Wednesdays to encourage the faint of heart and prepare the young and eager! Their stories share the hope that there is in marriage when we commit and surrender ourselves to God, the planner and perfecter of all things.