The Allens only needed a few words, to sum up their early-stage marriage: “They did everything wrong.”
Jeff was a traveling stand-up comic, and Tammy was a waitress at a comedy club when they first met. After a couple of dates, Tammy became pregnant, they got married, and they entered the marriage with hope and expectation.
They moved their new family to Phoenix, Arizona, and Jeff continued to travel with his comedy career for up to 250 days a year. When he was home, he was not the loving husband Tammy had hoped for. Jeff’s excessive drinking and explosive temper drove their marriage to the brink of divorce and Tammy into the arms of another man.
It wasn’t long before Jeff found out about the affair. With their marriage in ruins, Tammy took the children to her mother’s house for the summer, but Jeff was not invited. He was left alone to reflect on their broken marriage.
During this time, Jeff decided to turn his life over to Jesus Christ. This changed his explosive temper and verbal abuse towards Tammy, and he became a loving husband and father.
As their marriage gained strength, the couple faced another issue: Tammy was diagnosed with cancer. One night, she went with Jeff to a concert, where she met God for herself. As they laid hands on her and prayed, she felt the presence of God and knew she had received her healing.
Tammy’s salvation and healing brought the couple even closer. They believe it was God’s divine intervention in their lives that kept them together. Jeff thanked God for intervening in their lives and showing him what love, grace, and forgiveness look like.
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