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Disclaimer: Out of respect for the individual, the name of my “reserve guy” has been changed for this article. All other details are true.
I have a type. My best friends know my type and for the most part I usually date guys that fit the mold of what I like…
Sean and I met when I was in high school. He’s one of the good guys – comes from a nice family, wasn’t into dating multiple girls at the same time – he was just nice. I always knew Sean had a thing for me but so did his friend.
Since the friend was more my type, he and I dated on and off for a few months.
Sean and I remained friendly even after his friend and I broke up. I eventually went off to college and started dating someone else. I never hid any of my dating life from Sean, neither would he hide his feelings towards me.
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”
Psalms 42:11 NLT
Finally, this was it! My big breakthrough moment!
I’d been praying and asking God for this for a long time. And finally, the door of opportunity was swinging open.
That is, until I got a phone call that abruptly slammed the door shut on my dreams.
In an instance I went from planning a victory party to having an unexpected invitation to another pity party.
I wish I could say I am a super saint – you know the one who always responds with unshakable faith and unexplainable peace when faced with disappointing news.
But I’m not always that Christian.
If someone would have told me ten years ago, that I would spend my Saturday night…at a church…in front of a group of people….preaching – well, I probably would have laughed at them, thinking they were ABSOLUTELY crazy.
You see ten years ago church and God were the two furthest things from my mind and my heart.
I was more focused on finding love and chasing after a man because I thought that would be the key to my happiness and fulfillment.
Never had I imagined my real joy and purpose would come from sharing about my life’s journey.
Every time I stand in front of others to speak, I am reminded of God’s extreme grace and mercy. I’m also usually battling with my nerves and doubting my abilities and qualification.
I’m still hesitant to accept the title of “preacher”; those are big shoes fill. But God keeps showing me its never about my skills. I just have to be open to allowing Him to work through me.
“Then she became pregnant a third time and gave birth to another son. He was named Levi, for she said, “Surely this time my husband will feel affection for me, since I have given him three sons!” Genesis 29:34
It took a long time to believe the Bible could help navigate all the roadblocks of my life.
It’s not like I didn’t believe in God. I just never imagined a story from thousands of years ago could speak to my deepest hurt and unmask my hidden scars.
That was before I stumbled across the story of Leah and Jacob.
Tucked in between the pages of Genesis, their relationship could have easily been the main feature on any of today’s reality television shows.
It’s a story woven in rejection and entangled with love and betrayal. And it’s one that unexpectedly tugged on the strings of my single mom heart.
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