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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!