As a mother, I was very careful about dating after my divorce. My daughters never met any of my dates. At the time, I felt they already had enough anxiety about losing their family unit. I saw no reason to add to it.
When my new husband and I started dating, I did not tell my daughters. He understood my reasoning. By this time, I had a clear understanding of who I was again and what I wanted for my future.
In the beginning of our relationship, my husband and I were of different faiths. I did not think that was a problem, because I did not intend to marry him anyway. However, he had other ideas. I have worship every morning and it has been my practice for years. He asked me once “Why can’t we have worship together?” I laughed, “I said why we would do that?” His response “Because I want to know why you believe as you do”.
I thought about it for a couple of days. Then I decided to pray about it. The Holy Spirit took me through a series of things that week.
See, I was not ready for a serious relationship with anyone. I was too busy dating for fun. If I started having worship with him, that would put us on a different path. Therefore, my suggestion to him was for him to join a bible study group at the local church where he lived. I did not think he would. He did.
As he went to bible study, he would share all the things he learned. He was excited about how God was working on his behalf. He had a few rough days of car issues and job issues, and slowly I began to see how his Christian walk was evolving.
We began having worship together and reading the Bible as a couple. By this time, I knew God had placed him back in my life for a reason. My husband will happily admit he is not the same man I dated when I was 20. He is not even the same man I started dating a few years ago.
He was baptized into my faith and we rejoiced with all of heaven. Today, he leads our family worship – something he had never done before. His prayers are beautiful and heartfelt. I have seen God do great things in his life. He has learned how to fast and pray more than ever.
I learned to let God lead my husband. I learned to keep my mouth shut and pray. I cannot thank Stormie Omartian enough for that lesson learned.
And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 10:12 KJV
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