Monday, April 22, 2013

our marriage story on film

are you tired of hearing about our marriage? me either! ha.

sometimes i think, do people get sick of this stuff? but then i remember stories that we all tell over and over again about the miracles and redemption God has done in our lives.

we will not shut up about it.

it's probably how the isrealites felt when the crossed the red sea. it's probably how the blind man felt when his sight was restored. it's probably how those 500 felt when we they knew Jesus had died but them saw him raised from the dead. we read those stories over and over again in the bible and they just become more and more amazing.

so we will never stop talking about the miracle God did for us. we want to go around shaking people saying, God is real and He is alive and still working! 

this video was made by our very good friends, erica and jeff, who happened to be uhhhh-mazing videographers. when i call them that, it sounds weird and cheesy. but when you see it, you'll agree that they've captured our story in an amazing way, using their talents to glorify Christ and tell what He has done. this video is something i consider and heirloom, i want the kids to watch it when they're older and i want them to let their kids watch it and their grandkids watch it.

we will not hide our sin or hide the miracle God has done in our family. in fact, if our kids see us as perfect, we have done a terrible job pointing them to the cross. Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. mark 2:17
i want my kids to know that they are sick and we are sick and everyone is sick. i don't want them to hide in their sin. i pray they'll see that there is freedom in losing their name and reputation to make God's name and reputation big. 

all that to say, God has been very kind to us. we are underserving to carry this story but we do, because God uses very broken people to tell His incredible story.

and P.S. i'm wearing a turtleneck in the video which made me laugh really hard.



you can read more about this video and our story on our church's blog

49 comments:

  1. again, your story simply humbles my heart. thank you for being so transparent, you are changing lives simply by sharing your story.

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  2. So so so so so good.

    And no, I never get tired of hearing about your marriage. You're right, it's a tangible way of living out the gospel. And the gospel never gets old :)

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  3. Amazing. I've read your story many times, and no, I"m NOT sick of it! IT's real. It happens. It sucks. BUT....HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW! That will never get old! Praise the Lord! What a wonderful video and an amazing testimony to His goodness. Bless you for always being open and honest with this. Nato too. I can't imagine how hard it is for him to speak about this. Bless you both!

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  4. i read the church blog and was like who is mark? haha nato. right.

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  5. God is so good. I love your story. I love your family. I love that you share it and are so transparent in your life, exposing the gospel and how it involves every fiber of your being.
    Thank you for sharing!

    -martha davenport
    http://www.mamaowlblog.com

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  6. God is so good. I love your story. I love your family. I love that you share it and are so transparent in your marriage, exposing the gospel and how it involves every fiber of your being. So very encouraging.
    Thank you for sharing!

    http://www.mamaowlblog.com

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  7. Oh, God is AMAZING! Allelujah! May God blessmyour family! Greetings from Estonia.

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  8. Oh, God is AMAZING! Allelujah! May God blessmyour family! Greetings from Estonia.

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  9. love this... love how He continues to redeem us all with His unmerited grace! He is so good! thank you for being willing to share your story to bring glory to God!

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  10. Just beautiful. and no, we are not sick of hearing about your marriage, or the wondrous way God continually works in your life. You are a blessing and God is using you mightily. Best, Beth C.

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  11. Wow. I sit here with tears. The last line of that video sums it all up..."He didn't just fix something, He made something new." Beautiful. Thank you so much for telling your story, and for continuing to tell it. Don't ever stop!

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  12. just weeping Jamie... so very beautiful. Erica and Jeff were here in VA Beach visiting us this past Thursday to film our story. Seeing yours, and how moving and beautifully done it is, makes me even more excited about ours! Thank you for not shutting up about this -- the gospel is so beautifully displayed through your story!! xoxo

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    1. and no matter how many times I tell myself there's no "e" at the end of your name my finger still types it. ugh. sorry :/

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  13. oh, praise Him!
    He is so, so, so good.
    thank you so much for not being afraid to share your story with us.
    xoxo

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  14. It never gets old to me, my friend :) I just mentally slapped my self because I thought to myself, well my story isn't as great as theirs... ha! How silly I am. It isn't about me, but about GOD, and how gracious and loving He was and continues to be to me in my sin.

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  15. Absolutely beautiful. There is something for EVERYONE to take from this -- that no matter how or why we are broken, only Jesus can heal us. Only He can make us whole again. xoxo Nato family! Keep sharing your story!

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  16. Amazing story - thanks so much for sharing and being so open & honest:)!!

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  17. Your last sentence is my favorite. And Jami, I see you holding onto this story like a ball of pain for a while, and then despite the devastation and despite the bleeding, in grace you managed to raise that story up as an offering, giving back what was His to begin with, and asking Him to use it and bring Himself glory. I know only grace can help us do that lifting. But it's still incredibly beautiful and humbling to see. Thank you for being a courageous witness to the gospel.

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  18. This is a beautiful film. And a beautiful story. Thank you for your genuineness and transparency. It blesses others so much!

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  19. tears. God is generously gracious. all the time.

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  20. Really touched by your story guys! Thanks for being vulnerable and sharing and showing how Christ's love really can make us new!

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  21. I was really touched by your story today. Thanks for sharing and for being vulnerable and honest and showing that Christ really can make us new!

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  22. Oh Jami....that video is AWESOME! You guys told your story with so much grace...which truly lets Gods amazing role stand out! I love your openness...love how Nato is so clear that what he needed was Jesus. Wow. Seriously awesome!! Never stop telling this story...in such a broken world we NEED to hear Gods redemption stories!!!

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  23. Never never never gets old! Such beauty from ashes. Such a witness. I'll never forget one of the first things you said at your Influence talk was "My husband cheated on me and it was the best thing that ever happened to me." WITNESS. Several thoughts after seeing this video 1) God is freaking amazing. 2) Your home is so super cute and I really want a tree swing. 3) What is that amazing song playing in the background?

    Blessed by your blog, Jami.

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  24. Loved watching your video! God is so amazing! I love how the Gospel changes everything.


    -Ashley
    http://pencilleddaydream.com

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  25. Loved watching your video! God is amazing. I love how the Gospel changes everything.

    -Ashley
    http://pencilleddaydream.com

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  26. Oh my goodness. I stumbled upon your blog and have loved reading your stories/entries. Your story about you and your husband blew me away! Your honesty was a breath of fresh air, but my heart went out as you told your story in the video. I remember reading the story last week about when you first found out and you were questioning yourself, what is our relationship (and all it encompasses) going to look like down the road, and you came back together! Such an amazing redemption story, and a powerful testimony!

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  27. Love this. So much.
    On a side note...it's funny how I imagine bloggers' voices...yours is totally not what I imagined!

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  28. Speechless after watching the video. So thankful for your honesty. The Lord has used your story many times over to encourage me that my marriage's redemption story is real and true, and that my husband and I are not the only ones who think that the suffering was the best thing that ever happened to us individually and together. Thankful for the Gospel and the Spirit's work in your lives and ours.

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  29. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for not being proud or shy. Thank you for being brave in sharing your stories. God is honoured, and we, your sisters from around the globe (we are in Norway, my friends and I) are greatly encouraged to keep trusting God even in the deepest of waters. Thank you also for your honesty about your little girl, it is so unbelievably helpful and although I have found many stories of struggles on the net, so few, almost none, have such a raw understanding of the gospel and such a real way of applying it into messy life. I am grateful to God, that He sends out His missionaries into cyberspace as well - where there are people, there needs to be missionaries, and there are a lot of broken people in cyberspace. Thank you again. Your sister in Christ - I look forward to introducing myself to you in the New Creation, and thanking you face to face.

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  30. Jami, thank you so much for this. My husband and I are struggling right now. I sent this to him so he could watch the video and maybe we can start on our path of forgiveness and faith. I just never know if we are going the right way or doing the right thing. I'm terrified, but I'm HOPEful that we will recover. Your story makes me feel like maybe we have a chance. Thank you for that. For being so transparent.
    Blessings to you and your family.
    AngelaB

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    1. Angela, I could have written this comment. My husband and I are struggling, too. Know that there is someone else out there in the same place as you right now.... For me, it was a little comforting to read your comment because sometimes I feel like the only one. I actually looked at your profile for an email or blog to contact you but didn't find one.
      Jami, seriously thank you for your transparency. God has used your blog to work on my heart. Thank you for being a light for the Lord and an example of redemption and reconciliation.

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  31. The video is beautiful and gripping. But not as beautiful as your story is. Praise Jesus for the beauty of redemption!! Thank you for sharing this!

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  32. I love your story. The first time I found your blog and saw the video you played at the conference, I bawled. seriously. I don't think I've ever been touched quite the same before by a story of redemption. Keep telling your story, never tire. It touched me, it will continue to touch many.

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  33. Wow. I watched this and just kept thinking about the book of Hosea. What a beautiful model of the gospel you have lived! I know it is risky to be this open, but I am convinced that it is so desperately needed for so many. I love your blog, I love your stand on modesty and marriage. Thank you :)

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  34. Such a miracle! And what a beautiful way to share it.

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  35. I wish there were a non-cheesy way to hug someone in type. Now would be the time for that. Praising and rejoicing and worshipping with you...

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  36. Wow. I've been following your blog for a few months now but was totally shocked to read this one and to read some of the older posts as well. Thanks for your courage and honesty. We could all afford to be more open in our lives. Happy to hear you two are feeling blessed and happy these days! thanks for sharing your story.

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  37. Jami- thank you so much for sharing! Every time you post about the amazing story of redemption in your life, I am brought to tears. God is so good! Thank you for being such a great reminder of the power of Christ.

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  38. I just came across your blog from Amy's (SweetHomeSB) and I want to thank you so much for sharing your story. I can't even begin to imagine how many countless lives this will touch. Your story had me in tears. We serve an AWESOME God. A God Who takes brokenness and creates beauty. A God who redeems and restores. He is so good. Thank you for sharing your lives with the world.

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  39. Just watched this with two boys hanging on my arms. Thanks for preaching the gospel to us today. And what a stinkin' beautiful video to have for your kids and their kids. God be praised. xoxOxoXo

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  40. You are brave. It is so much easier to hide our sin than let it hang out there for the world to see. Thank you for being brave and showing us that this Jesus, this redeemer is for the broken.

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  41. I never get tired of hearing about the good Jesus is doing in people's lives and relationships. Please never stop sharing.

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  42. You have such a precious family. Excuse me while I gawk over how cute your children are. I have a soft spot for little asian kids (my heart is in China) and yours are no exception. Love this story of redemption and how Jesus has worked in your lives.
    Charlie
    charlie-hammond.blogspot.com

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  43. I've followed you for quite sometime on Instagram. Today, I read/listened to your story. Tears streaming. I just had a "me too" moment. I'm forever grateful for the redemption of our Lord Jesus. It is ONLY by His grace that my family made it. Thank you for sharing.

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  44. My story is so similar to yours. I'm thankful you too are declaring the beauty of Grace. More people need to share and be open about their story. I love how realize how our kids even need to know our story, because it's their story too. :) Thanks for your beautiful heart.

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