Welcome to Life Travelers. We are Tim and Heather Key and over 26 years ago we said “I Do” and
“We Have” ever since. It has been our heart’s desire for many years to help other’s experience the joy that we have found in marriage. We get asked all the time, “How do you do it?” and the answer to that questions is always the same… We work at it!
If you know us in real life, then you know that Heather and I appear to be a newlywed couple or like we are a dating couple. We learned the hard way that dating and working on our relationship throughout our married life is one of the most important things that we, as a couple, need to do. In fact, we go out on dates more now than we did when we were actually a dating. We just love being with each other more than anything else and God’s grace and mercy allows us to shine God’s light in a world dominated by divorce and broken families.
Heather and I love to travel and now that our kids are grown and on their own, we have more time to spend seeing the world and getting to know each other even more. We attend at least one or two marriage enrichment types of events each year and often participate in some capacity as volunteers, speakers, or worship leaders. Through our struggles in raising children and the hills and valleys of marriage, we have found answers to life’s problems through God’s word. We hope and pray that our story touches the lives of others and helps them to heal and hold on in a world that says it’s OK to give up and move on.
These are our girls Mindy (Middle) and Kassondra (Left) and our son-in-law Dustin. They are our pride and joy. God’s blessings. Mindy and Dustin are expecting their first child in March 2017. Kassondra is working on her Engineering degree at Western Kentucky University. We don’t get to spend as much time with them as we would like but we try and catch up with them as often as possible.
Life Travelers is the fulfillment of a dream. For the past 8 years, Heather and I have worked with the Marriage Ministry at our church and have a deep passion for the survival of the family. It is heartbreaking to see children growing up in broken homes. No one is immune to the effects divorce has on the family. Everyone knows someone who divorced and how dreadful that situation can be on the family. We have prayerfully decided to launch this Marriage Ministry in our hometown of Lafayette, TN where we have lived and serviced for over 20 years.
Some years ago, Heather and I committed ourselves to helping others improve their marital relationship. Through our own personal struggles and through Christ our Savior, we have found a depth and breadth to our marriage that we never imagined possible. We are each other’s best friend, confidant, and lover. Our relationship goes far beyond the physical and the legal definitions of marriage. Our marriage goes to the heart of what God’s word defines in
18 Then the lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”
19 So the lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one.
20 He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.
21 So the lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening.
22 Then the lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
23 “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’”
24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
25 Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
We left our parents and became one in Christ. We know the reality of marital struggles. The laying down of our personal lives to reform the beauty of our relationship into a oneness is no easy task and presents a number of challenges for a couple. Added to that, being fruitful and multiplying presents even more challenges that most of us never imagined. There was a time where we both thought that we had failed and it was all over but God’s will prevailed. We want to share this and more in hopes that it can help others find the beauty of marriage for themselves and the strength a great relationship brings to the entire family.
We will be sharing our journey. Some that may even be uncomfortable to share or talk about but we are committed to being open and honest about our personal struggles, as well as our successes. We recognize and acknowledge that there is nothing special about us other than God has shown us His favor in our relationship. Without Him, we would certainly have joined the statistics of failed marriage. We are Life Travelers together and our commitment to each other and our children has taken us down many roads in life and so we share our story.
Tim & Heather