The graduation was simply amazing! The Lord was definitely glorified that night, and not because of our power, but by Him using us for His glory! My soul was truly touched by Him that night, and yes, family members were able to attend!
I tried very much not to cry, however, it was inevitable that I would. I think I lasted as far as my pastor giving the introduction, and that was as long as I could hold them back. The tears flowed, and I barely was able to sing my favorite hymn ,"It Is Well With My Soul," without being constantly choked up. Then, I was the first to go up to give my testimony, and I cried all the way through it. The Lord is immensely merciful, gracious, and loving with me!
I am so grateful that my pastor suggested the idea of writing out my testimony for the graduation, because I surely needed it that night! There would have been no way, save the Lord's good graces, that I would have remembered everything I wanted to say, in regards to the Bible Institute and God. It really helped having it right there ready for me before I began!
Dear's favorite hymn was sung after I sat down, and then he was able to go up and give his testimony. He was able to give his testimony without it being written down. His testimony was beautiful, though! Seeing the Lord's work in my husband's life since his salvation three years ago, has been a wonder for me. I am so glad that God answered my prayers!
Once Dear was finished speaking, the preacher gave us our charge. It was a wonderful message, and we are both so thankful that the Lord let him be the speaker! Following his message was the distributing of the diplomas, and they are beautiful!
I am so thankful that the Lord has seen fit to allow both of us the privilege and honour of learning more of Him through Bible Institute. I am so very fortunate to have been saved, and to be blessed through these studies. I will never be able to fully express my love and gratitude to Him for all He has done, and continues to do in my life. Experiencing the graduation and commencement service was very humbling.
On another note, last Friday I was able to enjoy the birthday present his dad and stepmom gave to me: a trip to the zoo! It was absolutely beautiful: no cloud in the sky and 85 degrees. :) I was able to take many pictures of God's wonderful creation!