Connecting the Dots

We’ve all seen those connect the dots, you know the ones that start at #1 and you draw a line all the way to the end. When you finally reach the end you are left with this great picture. This is a great image of life sometimes, we have so many different things going on (dots) that we are just trying to figure out how to get them all done and keep a little sanity in the end.


I think some of the most important dots our families face today are marriage, finances and raising our families. We all want our marriages to work, have the money to feel secure and enjoy life and to raise our children in a loving environment and set them up for success in the future. Connecting these dots sounds so much simpler than it is sometimes, well if we are being honest, most of the time it sounds easier than it really is. The real question is what do we do when the dots in our life don’t seem to line up like they are supposed to…

I have been fortunate to spend the last 7 years (in September) married to my high school sweetheart and best friend, we have enjoyed life together and have what we consider an incredible life together. We, just like everyone else, launched into the world ready to take on life together. We went through all the firsts, new cars, jobs, moving, eventually buying a house, and the list goes on. We felt blessed in so many ways except our dots began to shift. We, like most married couples, dreamed of starting our family…and as time went on and we were not able to do so, we began to struggle.  (You can read more about our Story in Amber’s Blog ) Life was not turning out quite like we had planned. We had two choices, we could have imploded or do the hard work and push through the trial. We chose the latter and are still doing the hard work of working through this journey everyday.

We have found so much healing in community with others, through our church family and in our relationships with our friends in the Sonshine Learning Center. Our hope is that we can encourage others who may be going through difficulties when the dots of life just dont quite seem to line up.

The good news is we dont have to go though life’s difficult moments alone! The Sonshine community is rich with love and support. As the Family Life Pastor and also a parent of two kids in Sonshine I am proud to be apart of that community, and am always available to any family in need.

Starting in September I will be hosting a morning mixer in the fellowship hall on the 3rd Friday of each month. Stop by from 6:30-9 for free snacks and just a few moments to unwind before you start your day. I hope to be able to get to know each of you better during this time.

In addition we will be planning some family fun events for you and your children! (Who doesn’t love free stuff that tires your kids out)

Tune in to our upcoming events page for exciting news on whats coming around the corner.

If you or any one you know are in need of prayer please send any and all Prayer Requests to:

Business Cards with additional contact information available outside SLC office that include my direct cellphone number!


Joe Watson

Family Life Pastor




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