by, 08-03-2015 at 04:57 PM (1670 Views)
Hello, I have experienced so many miracles from the Lord, I wanted to share one here from time to time. If you are going through the fire of extended unemployment, or are fearful of having "enough", in ways that are not necessarily financial as well, I hope this is an encouragement to you of how sweet and loving our Lord provides.
To start at the beginning, my husband of 17 years left me for someone else. I was alone for 18 years after that, wanting to be there for my kids who were little at the time. But I did want to remarry, very, very much. Through the years, I would meet a man occasionally, but either it just didn't click, or they weren't interested.
I want to note here that I am very overweight, I had next to nothing, lived in an apartment downtown, which was nice, but being downtown lent itself to all kinds of situations, lol. I mean what guy wouldn't want all that!
My daughter came to live with me and would sometimes go on Christian Forums online to chat. She eventually met a young man, he came from Texas to Oregon to meet her in person, they visited back and forth when they could and ultimately became engaged, I introduced myself to his dad online.
In preparation of their wedding, my heart just hurt that I had no one to share all this with. I mean, there was family, but no one special. Three weeks before the wedding, I asked the Lord in all sincerity to remove this desire from my heart, it was just too painful. I am sure God was chuckling.
In the meantime, I was getting to know my daughter's fiance's dad better. Nothing romantic at all, but a definite friendship. I know you know where i'm going with this, yep, when he came for the wedding, it was I knew it. I really, really liked him. He liked me. I took him to see Crater Lake the day after the wedding and we fell in love that day. But we didn't know how it could work, he in Texas, me in Oregon.
As a wedding gift, I was taking the kids to Disneyland. My new son-in-law had never been, and my daughter and I hadn't been in years, it's our favorite place. So I asked Dave, son-in-law's dad, to join us. He protested at first, but finally agreed. The romance continued amidst the joy of that magical place. We knew we wanted to be together.
Dave traveled back and forth to visit and we were married 8 months after our kids. It was and is fairytale love. That was 7 years ago and every single day I thank the Lord for the gift of my husband. I have never known such love and am so, so thankful.
I had given up, the Lord had not. He knew the wait would be worth it. He kept me all through those long years, He was my husband, "For your Maker is your husband-- the LORD Almighty is his name-- the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth." ~ Isaiah 54:5 And when HIS timing was right, he gifted me with everything I could have dreamed of.
This sweet man did not care about my weight, other than my health, to him I am beautiful. He loves me unconditionally and we take care of each other, such a perfect balance. As a little girl, I grew up on Disney and always believed a Prince Charming was out there for me. I thought with my first marriage, that was it.....not even close. And though of course, I am not happy to have a divorce in my past, I am humbled and so, so thankful to serve a God who forgives, loves, shows mercy, redeems.
So if you're single and thinking that the odds are stacked against you, pay no mind, we do serve a God that is greater than anything we face. I mean our kids?? Really?? Yes, really. And how sweet that we all get together often, his son, my daughter, our family.
Be encouraged single women. God knows, He sees, He is with you. I pray you be faithful to be present in the life He gives and when His time is right, if your heart is for marriage, He will be faithful as well, He always is.