Monday, July 6, 2015

Our Love Story, Part II

Photo by Elissa Ewald

I am a self-proclaimed word nerd. I love to read, and growing up, I always had my nose in a book. I read a bajillion books on dating and began writing letters to my future husband to tell him about what the Lord was teaching me and how I was praying for him. I had started doing this in high school but had fallen out of the habit, and I began anew in Mexico after reading a book entitled Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His. I loved writing to him to tell of my thoughts, hopes, and dreams for our future together.

After being a bridesmaid many times and continuing to pray through my singleness, I took a step back and realized that I had some false beliefs. I believed so much in my omnipotent God to provide, but I was unwilling to do much or take many risks that would allow Him to show up in an unexpected way. I still had that thought in the back of my mind that said I should try eHarmony, but I just wasn't ready. However, in the spring of 2014, I read a book entitled How to Get a Date Worth Keeping: Be Dating in Six Months or Your Money Back. I stumbled upon it one night on Amazon and was admittedly embarrassed to buy it. I mean, the title was soooo cheesy. But the authors were the same men who wrote the Boundaries books, so I figured I would give it a fair shot.

Well friends, this book kicked my butt. It made me realize how inactive I had been in my waiting on the Lord. In every other arena of my life I was active about the things I wanted. When I thought I might want to go back to school, I took the GRE. When I wanted a new job, I went above and beyond to express interest and form a relationship with my potential employer. This tenacity served me well in these situations. So why wasn't I going for what I wanted in my dating life (or lack thereof)?

In May, I turned twenty six. Now remember, I said that if I did not marry by twenty five, I would join eHarmony, so it was time. In June, I created a profile and waited to see what would happen. The summer of 2014 proved to be not at all what I expected it to be. I traveled through most of the summer on mission trips and vacations, and then began a new job in the fall. There were a few little conversations with potential suitors on eHarmony, but nothing ever came to fruition. I admit, I was getting a little discouraged. But God was up to something I couldn't fathom or imagine on my own.


  1. Praise God! You are so brave and you are my Hero! Thanks for telling your story! Aunt Linda

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement Aunt Linda!



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