Monday, May 5, 2008

Marriage Monday! The crazy way we meet!

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Today I am joining in with other ladies for Marriage Monday over at Chrysalis ! I love to tell the story of of Steve and I met, so set back and prepare to either be amazed or bored!

I was 29 years old, thinking I probably would never meet the right guy! I had just ended a relationship with someone whom I had been seeing off and on for a few years because I knew that God would never honor me with a Godly man unless I was willing to give up what I was holding onto in this man. I had quite a few friends who were in bad marriages and did not want that kind of situation for me. I began to think that marriage really didn't work. My head said it did, but my heart had doubts! I remember going to talk to our pastor about it, and he help me deal with the situation. I had gone on several blind dates. I was always amazed at how people would say we were perfect for each other - (were they blind too?!) My mother thought I was to picky - both her and my sister Rachel thought I should go after BM (not bowel movement, I'm protecting his name!) He was like the only eligible bachelor back at my home church. Praise God he is married now!

So one night when I got home from work, I had a message on my answering machine. It was from a friend who I hadn't heard from in years, because one of my ex-boyfriends was her husbands best friend. Anyway she called me to invite me to do something with the singles group that she was involved in at her church. You say how can you be married and go to a singles group. Well she was now divorced. It seemed that my friends would call me after they were divorced or at least separated! Anyway I called her back and we went to dinner, then I met her at the movies where the rest of the group was meeting up. She pointed to Steve and said she would like to set us up! I politely declined since my past history with blind dates was so great!

The next time I was to meet her at the movies, she was late, but I saw Steve and his friend Mike. We chatted a little then I sat next to them in the movie. Afterwards we went to a local restaurant. I sat next to Steve, Marilyn sat next to Mike. They started dating right away and are now married too! It took Steve a bit longer to ask me out! This was in April, we didn't go out until June! I remember him calling me the first time! I had my friends Becky and Joanne over. When the phone rang and it was Steve, they both moved from opposite ends of the couch to the middle and clapped!

Our first date was to a restaurant then we were supposed to go bike riding, but it rained cats and dogs! I remember being in the restaurant and being so comfortable talking to him. That really was the first time that ever happened! I remember the first time he kissed me, that was in the rain too!

I remember when I knew that I loved him! I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Steve is God's man for me! He is just everything I need to keep me grounded! He is so loyal and calm! He is a wonderful provider, husband, father, friend (he is my very, very best friend), and lover! I love him more today then I did then! It's so amazing how God brought us together!
I had all these plans of who I would marry, and when I would marry! God knew best! I don't know why he didn't allow the other relationships to pan out, I'm just so glad he did! My life now is so much more rich, because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am in God's planned marriage!

I got a little long here didn't? Sorry, like I said I love to talk about it!


Lori said...

Talk away! This was a very cute story.


Diane said...

That's so sweet! I've heard this story before but I still like to hear it! You two are so great together - you really compliment each other!

Cheri said...

You guys are a great match and you do really compliment each other.

Fran said...

Love it!! Thanks for sharing and I pray God continues to bless your family!


Susan said...

Oh, what a beautiful love story! I'm so glad you decided to go with your friend that day.

I'm so glad your friend was late that night too...providence!

Isn't it wonderful when God sets us up?

Thanks for sharing this wonderful testimony!

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

That is a great story. It is neat to see God's plan unfold.

the160acrewoods said...

Great post! what a wonderful story!

Sheila said...

Love stories are never too long!
thanks for sharing- it's a great story!


Peculiar said...

God is sovereign is He not?!! We just have to stick to the plan and we definitely have to wait on Him. His timing and choices are always perfect. Evidently, when we go at it on our own, it doesn't usually work out.

e-Mom said...

Your enthusiasm is so infectious! Keep talking about your happy marriage and NEVER stop. So many others need to know it's possible. :~D

Thanks for joining us for Marriage Monday today, Kimberly.

Connie Marie said...

I enjoyed reading your story. I am glad that you found the right person to go through life with. It is a great life when single but it's much more enjoyable when you can share it all with someone... so happy for you.

May you see that God continues to bless your marriage every day!

Melly said...

I just loved reading your story. It is wonderful to see how God has blessed you and your beloved.

Denise said...

Wow, such a great story.

Faith said...

I was 29 when I first got engaged too!
This was a great story.
Nice to "meet" you.
I love how God has a plan for each of us, and in His time!!

Linnet's Nest said...

What a beautiful story, I'm so glad you married the right man. God has certainly blessed you.

~blessings to you and your hubby.

Mari said...

That's a great story! I've heard parts before, but I enjoyed it all. God had you two set apart for each other!

MiPa said...

Lovely story! Isn't it fun to remember all those first moments? Thanks for sharing.

dakotablueeyes said...

great post, thanks for sharing

Shari said...

Is your husband still away working? Doesn't absence make the heart grow fonder? My husband left again for 3 weeks. But this should be the last time. I loved your story about how you and Steve met. I'm so glad that you were picky. I'm working on my daughters now and telling them that I expect them to be picky. My 11 year old daughter wanted to know at what age I will let her start dating. My response was - " when you meet someone that would be worth marrying." I know many Christians that married too quickly or settled and thought that they would make it work - they are divorced now.

Tami Boesiger said...

Isn't it funny what an evening may start?