A Good Thing

Posted on October 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm, by Ben


As you may have noticed, this site has been silent for rather a long while. That is because I have had something more important than music to think about. God has been working wonderful things in my life and in the past 9 months I’ve begun a relationship, become engaged, and, as of September 21st, married! I have wed a godly, one-in-seven-billion young lady, Audri Vernier (now Audri Botkin), who has appeared on this site before in less exclamatory fashion. Our journey to this point has been a blessed time of growth and we’ve witnessed the Lord’s hand on us in mighty ways. Looking back, we can see clearly that we were not really the ones who made this match, but God working through us and beyond us in spite of our puny, sinful efforts. For what reason? For His glory.

“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” Psalms 115:1

Many of you already know Audri as a gifted cellist (massive understatement) and someone who would be very helpful to me in my musical endeavors. This is true, but music is only one of the areas that we plan to be working in together over the course of our lives. That is because the guidelines of our life are not pulled from “The Well-Tempered Clavier”, but from the Word of God, and our mandate from the scriptural canon–not Pachelbel’s.

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Cor 5:18-20

The future is bright in and through Christ. Look out, world! – SDG.


  • This is so wonderful! I am so happy for you both. I got to meet Audri at the Botkin Conference in Indiana and she is wonderful. God bless you both!

    Posted by Natalya on October 1st, 2010 at 4:29 pm
  • Congratulations!

    Posted by Kyle on October 2nd, 2010 at 10:26 pm
  • Congratulations to you both!

    Posted by Deanna on October 4th, 2010 at 10:15 pm
  • A Good Thing, Indeed!

    Congratulations! This picture of the two of you is so precious- So full of joy! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Posted by Robin on October 6th, 2010 at 7:10 am
  • Does this mean we get you back? I am so glad the Lord has blessed you thus! May He guide the two of you in serving Him together – even if it means you ARE too busy for your blog!


    Posted by Jeff on October 12th, 2010 at 7:09 pm
  • Congratulations Ben & Audri! 🙂

    Posted by Leah on October 19th, 2010 at 4:08 pm
  • Congratulations! What a lovely picture of the two of you. May the Lord bless all of your days together.

    Posted by Dawn on November 5th, 2010 at 6:13 am
  • Congratulations to you and your lovely bride! God bless!

    Posted by The Warrior on December 26th, 2010 at 11:49 pm
  • I heard about this from… your sisters’ blog! It was very wonderful news, and I pray you both live a wonderful life together. May God bless you both greatly. 🙂



    Posted by Kaitland Christina on January 27th, 2011 at 1:07 am