Sunday, June 12

Written in Heaven

This year, my hubby and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary so I wanted to take a minute to share our "love story" with all of you.

Our love story began with a prayer. Mike and I had been friends for years but he was the last person I’d ever choose to marry. He just wasn’t my "type." I wanted someone loud and outgoing; he was quiet and laid back. I wanted someone with my interests in writing and art; he liked electronics. We were as different as night and day. The main thing we really had in common was our love for God. We had become Christians around the same time while we were in the Air Force. I was in Tucson, Arizona and he was on the other side of the world in Saudi Arabia. When he came home to Tucson, he prayed that someday I would be his wife (I'm not sure why because back then I was still a bit of a flighty, unfaithful mess!). I guess he saw something in me that wasn't there yet.

One night I was in church praying, wondering who God had for me. I looked at Mike beside me, praying, worshiping God, and suddenly I heard a still, small voice speak to my heart. Later that day, I told Mike that I thought God wanted us to be together. Later, he told me about his prayer. We dated for a year and on our anniversary which was also my brother's birthday (August 12th), we went to a rose garden at Reid Park. At the last rosebush, Mike stopped and got down on one knee. He took my hands in his and said, "Angel, I love you and I want to serve Jesus with you for the rest of our lives. Will you marry me?" Of course I said "Yes."  I gave him a big old hug and he put my engagement ring on my finger. We’ve been married for ten years today and have been through so much together!

Through it all, Jesus Christ has been the center of our marriage. We are blessed beyond measure with a wonderful marriage, three beautiful daughters and a handsome little prince, and so many friends and family who really care about us. Mike has always been so gracious towards me in his forgiveness, patience, and trust, a fine example of a man of God. When I remember the person I used to be, I'm amazed that Mike would have wanted to marry someone like me!  He showered so much grace upon me and must have had faith that I could change into the person I've become and am becoming, only by God's grace.  I could never have found a more perfect match, and I thank God that He found him for me; in my blindness, I never would have chosen him on my own. I don’t deserve such wonderful blessings, but I begin to understand how high, how wide, and how deep God’s love is for me as I experience daily my own husband’s love for me. Our love story is still being written and will continue on until the glorious day when we see Jesus face to face.