The Gift of a Second Chance

Six years ago today, my amazing wife Trisha and I renewed our vows. I have never shared this publicly, but a week after the affair was confessed I received an envelope from a lady in our church. Inside the envelope was a note from Trisha and her wedding ring. I don’t remember the letter word for word, but I remember her overall message: Our first marriage has died. I need God to give me a vision of a new life with you.

Six years ago today, she chose me again. She gave me a second chance. Two months after I crushed her heart, she said “I Do” again. New vows. New rings. New beginnings.

I didn’t deserve a second chance. I didn’t deserve to stay married. As I sit here and think about it, I still don’t deserve a second chance. I still don’t deserve to be married. That is amazing thing about grace…it offers what we don’t deserve and can’t earn.

When I look at the pictures below, they aren’t about a blog or a book or a marriage ministry.

They are simply about a family that is so grateful to God for grace and second chances. That is what we are celebrating today. The incredible gift of a second chance.

Thank you for being a part of this community. We believe with all of our heart that no one and no marriage is beyond the gift of a second chance.

18 Responses to The Gift of a Second Chance

  1. Lisa

    Wow! Praise God for second chances. Congratulations on your ‘second’ anniversary. Thank you for being so transparent and sharing your life. And thank you for your ministry, it gives hope!

  2. POPS

    Happy 6th, 2nd Anniversary Love you guys, so proud of you both!

  3. Cathy

    Wow, this really makes me choke up. You can really feel the emotion behind these photos. So happy for you both, and happy new anniversary! 

    God bless you both.

  4. Anonymous

    This is so beautiful. I am thankful that God gives us second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances even though we don’t deserve them.

  5. Diane1230

    Happy “new” anniversary to you and Trisha!

  6. Shane

    Cheers! to new beginnings and yes you do deserve a second chance. Justin, God has used you to write about how to be a husband, father, and a leader. Trisha, has shown her courage to give grace that shows there is a reward for having enough faith in God to forgive. You both are changing the paths people decide to take. Never stop pursuing the gift of a second chance..

  7. Pete Wilson

    Can’t look at those pics without tearing up.

  8. I love the pictures, especially the one of you hugging your boys. Happy anniversary to you and Trisha! Thank God for second chances and new starts!

  9. Congrats and may God do amazing things with your ministry in 2012 and of course you both are on my daily prayer list.

  10. Ashley Williams

    And now I have to reapply my makeup. Through the tears I did chuckle a little at that turtleneck Justin was wearing, HA!