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05. Healing

05. Healing

This is the fifth instalment of six in my series telling my love story with my fiance Johnny. Read Part 1, “Meeting,” here, Part 2, “Dating,” here, Part 3, “Distance,” here, and Part 4, “Letters,” here. Following the grandly miraculous healing that Jesus reigned in over my life […]

04. Letters

04. Letters

Read Part 1, “Meeting,” here, Part 2, “Dating,” here, and Part 3, “Distance,” here. It was our second New Year’s Eve together, over our first reunion during long distance dating, that Johnny told me there was something really important he needed to talk to me about. Now, […]

02. Dating

02. Dating

All photos by the best wedding/engagement photographer on planet earth, Liam Good.

Read Part 1, “Meeting,” here.

That first coffee date made Johnny’s intentions even more clear. We spent it talking about what God had done in our lives, and to give Him glory for those things. While the first few months were slow, they were spent getting to know each other in the important and deep ways, and talking about Jesus.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ROMANS 8:38-39

Things could separate OUR love, we acknowledged. We would fail each other sometimes. Jesus, together or apart, was the purpose of our lives, and so we needed to be better for HIM together than apart.

And I had an inkling very early into those days of dating that we were.

I have found the one whom my soul loves. SONG OF SOLOMON 3:4

Dating early on was full of butterflies and excitement and looking through baby photos and learning about each other’s sixth grade teachers and food loves and food hates and TV shows and music. Watching the entire Harry Potter series together was a must for me; listening to every Bon Iver song, as well as many other artists’, was a must for him.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. PHILIPPIANS 2:3


But the path didn’t always seem perfectly straight. I will say with much truthfulness that God has, by His grace, made much of our relationship simple, lighthearted, and just full of all the love stuff. We are incredibly blessed.

Still, a few months into our relationship, we had a momentary period of serious questioning. Had we moved too quickly? Had we REALLY heard God speak into our relationship? Johnny and I went for a walk, to Waterloo Park, in fact, where many of these engagement photos were taken, to talk about these things.

God used what felt like a setback to CONFRONT US with the truth that He had called us to be together, and from that conversation on, we have walked in that truth.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. JAMES 1:2-4

We were able, through God, to count the struggle as JOY, because we knew that the testing of our faith would produce steadfastness. This was a small preparation for the testing of our faith regarding what would come soon after in our relationship.

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

But I will say that the next eight months of our relationship were gloriously fun and full of learning; of overcoming fears together and understanding each other’s pasts. Of clinging tighter to each other each day because we were growing closer to the Lord and He was helping us to love each other better; giving His very lifeblood to do it.

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. MATTHEW 16:25

So when Johnny knew that God was calling him out of Laurier, the university we attended together in Waterloo, to a soccer program and business school in Winnipeg, the status of our relationship wasn’t a question. This was a trial we would endure, trusting it would produce steadfastness for the sake of what had already been established as our life’s purpose: the glorification of Jesus Christ.

And so Johnny left for Winnipeg at the end of our summer of romance, driving away, both of us tear-filled and with no indication of what long distance dating would be like. Still, only expectant of our ever-present God to be exactly who He says He is.

01. Meeting

01. Meeting

All photos by the best wedding/engagement photographer on planet earth, Liam Good. I didn’t think the incredibly handsome man with the super humble but intelligent thoughts and shy smile whose name I knew to be Johnny Fulford would ever talk to me. I assumed that, […]

5 Tangible Tips to Avoid Procrastination

5 Tangible Tips to Avoid Procrastination

The Procrastination Station.We’ve all been there. Itching to write, but finding our thumbs scrolling instead, our minds numb rather than busy. Staring at the mountain of laundry begging to be folded in order to free up the bedroom to look like something from a Pinterest […]

The Writing Bug

The Writing Bug

I have an unwavering, overwhelming, constant need to write.
I’ve had it since before I can remember.
When I was in fourth grade, my teacher entered a paper I wrote in a writing contest that I ended up winning. From that point forward, I was told my every English teacher that I should keep writing.
And this need to write hasn’t ceased… but my follow-through and actual time spent writing has.
I don’t blame anyone but myself, and relent my frustration toward one thing: technology.
So, I have some questions for you guys.
Do you feel guilty when you spend time consuming others’ creative content rather than creating yourself?
Do you push off “content creation” for relaxation? Or is content creation not on your radar?
Do you have goals and plans for your creative work? How do you prioritize those goals?
I have affirmation that part of my life’s work is meant to be in writing content that helps people. And while I don’t know exactly what that’s meant to look like, I simply keep trusting and walking in the plans God has for me.
Today was a day of errands all across the town.
I got my hair done for free by my beautiful friend Morgan to help her with her updo skills, went grocery shopping, and picked up my new glasses, all with the encouragements that make up #BellLetsTalk day ringing through my ears, while I thought, if these torturous illnesses exist and are people’s realities, we NEED to be talking about them.
And now I’m getting ready to do homework, but not without first sitting down to simply write.
And in the midst of confusion, of wondering more than ever “what the heck” I’m going to pursue in a career, and resting in Jesus, today of all days I know it’s ok to be confused, to be broken. It’s actually part of the calling.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
 Ps.147:3

Our Proposal Story (+How We Met Three Years Ago)

Our Proposal Story (+How We Met Three Years Ago)

I had just told myself university would not be the time for a boy. But God knew differently. I noticed Johnny Fulford the moment I sat down in my Tuesday afternoon “Public Faith and Theology” class. He was smilely, shy-looking, and downright handsome. When the […]

Interpreting the Bible: Have You Ever Wondered…

Interpreting the Bible: Have You Ever Wondered…

This semester, I have been fortunate enough to take Biblical Greek with one of the greatest professors I have ever had.  The following is part of my final assignment for this class, and I wanted to share it here, because I am truly blown away […]

A Letter to My Best Friend on Her 21st Birthday

Dear Maddie,

You’ve heard it before. But when I met you, literally from the moment I saw you, I remember thinking, consciously, “I want to be that girl’s friend.” Little did I know, less than a week later, I would share more of my soul with you than I ever had shared, and feel so quickly like you had been one of my closest friends for a long time already.

Embarking, then, on university together, every step of the way, I cannot imagine a university experience without you. From crying what feels like all my biggest cries with you, feeling 100% completely unjudged and 100% fully loved… from laughing some of my most obnoxious laughs with you, spending endless late nights half writing papers half fully engaged in long, sometimes deep, sometimes very not deep, conversations… living together the past two and half years, teaching each other, learning from each other, growing together. Maddie, I have learned so much from you.

I have learned that truly listening is one of the greatest gifts you could offer anyone. I always know I am so heard when I talk to you.

I have learned that long tangents about leggings, ketchup, grapefruits, socks, and other “little things” are possible, and that I love listening to yours.

I have learned that a life centred on Jesus that starts with prayer and submission to Him shows in that person’s selflessness and love. He is in you, Madds.

I have learned a lot about laundry, hair care, and the importance of removing my make-up.

I have learned and established some of my greatest morals and values alongside you and with your help.

I have learned the importance of laughter and taking breaks from being in the school zone.

I’ve learned and witnessed the beauty of trusting God with some of the things we feel we don’t want to trust Him with– knowing that His plans are always better.

Maddie, thank-you for being one of the greatest blessings of my 21 years. I know you are my lifelong sister, and I cannot wait to see what Jesus has in store and calls you to this year. I love you so very much.

One Major vs. Two: Is a Double Major the Way To Go?

One Major vs. Two: Is a Double Major the Way To Go?

Today’s post is all about double majoring. Why did I decide to complete my undergrad as a double Major? What are the pros and cons of this? Who I recommend it to? My application story: I cannot recall ever being stressed about post-secondary, having doubts, […]