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Repairing our marriage has in some ways opened our eyes to how forgiving and loving God can be. When Jesus died on the cross, He took all of the sin of the whole world. Think about all the suffering the two of us have been through, then think about all the collective sins of everyone who has ever walked this Earth. And Jesus forgave all of it.

In some ways, our marriage has kind of resembled the path we took at Lambuth. We were faced with what might have seemed like a hopeless situation from the outside and showed that with God, nothing is impossible.

And if you don't believe us, just read Philippians 4:13. It says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

One of the things we were both told recently is that people can relate to our story. That people who have really messed up in their lives, we've shown them that if we can hit rock bottom and come back, they can do the same thing.

It wasn't just the two of us who have come out on the better end of this. Our children have realized that their identity was not in being the son or daughter of the Mississippi football coach. They are the child of the King of Kings. There is no greater identity than that.

We’ve also been blessed with a new opportunity at Liberty University, where Christian values are just as important to the students and staff as the academics and athletics. It also feels good to be back on the sidelines, helping young student-athletes reach their full potential on and off the field.

 
 

The other positive to come out of this is that our friends never abandoned us. Any of them. All the people who were in our corner from day one are the same people who love us now. If anything, the last few years have only validated the way we felt about them before, that we have the most loyal friends that people could ask for.

We don't know what our future looks like as far as coaching, but what we do know is that our story isn't done. Maybe we've turned the corner, but our journey with Christ isn't over. If we're still on this Earth, it means God still has some work we need to do. And if it means using our story to show that the mistakes can be forgiven, and relationships can be restored, and that God still has a purpose for people's lives, that's not a bad thing at all.

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