So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. Joel 2:25
Since we just celebrated our 28th anniversary on July 7th I’ve decided to tell you a little bit about the wonderful husband the Lord has given me. We met when he moved into the apartment next door to me, so I say I married the boy next door. There is a much more romantic version that I’ll share some other time. I think it’s safe to say that Dan almost knows me better than I know myself. He is a wonderful husband, provider and father. Dan is a physician specializing in Internal Medicine. In medical school I used to call it eternal medicine because it seemed like the studying would never end. He recently changed jobs to be in a more family friendly setting so we are still getting used to having him around a lot more of the time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful, but does take some time to adjust. He has a great since of humor, is very gentle, and Loves the Lord with all his heart.
We were married in July 1984 after knowing each other for about 3 years. I’m still grateful for the opportunity to get to know him so well before we became romantically involved. In fact I think romance was the last thing either of us expected since he is 9 years younger than I am. After becoming very good friends he told me one day that he felt more than just friendship toward me. I did too but I was reluctant to admit it. One of my most sincere prayers during that time was, “Oh Lord, please don’t let me be a foolish old woman.” – With the emphasis on foolish and old!
I am still amazed that this wonderful man was willing to take me on with all my “baggage”. We were and still are very different. He was raised in a Christian home and gave his life to the Lord as a young man. I threw away my life by the time I was 19 and didn’t allow the Lord to rescue me until I was 30; so when we met I had only known the Lord for a few years. I was divorced, and a single mother. I also had a child I had placed for adoption. Messy, to say the least! Dan had never been married and certainly had no children.
It wasn’t until he asked me to marry him that I realized all that he was offering me. He was so innocent and pure and I was, well… I was well used to say the least. It broke my heart to know I had nothing comparable to offer him. But this wonderful man said to me, “To me you are a virgin. When you gave your life to the Lord he said he would make you a new creature in Christ and I believe he has done that.” To this day, he has never treated me otherwise. He has never brought my past up or thrown it in my face. I have his full trust and he treats me like his queen.
This is part of the ongoing story of God’s restoration in my life.
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