I never thought it would happen. ‘Love story? To me? I would’ve probably laughed at you 6 months ago if you had said that to me. I was pretty sure I was going to be single, at least for a while. I was thinking, maybe 30 years old and married by then, but I had no idea it would come about how it did.
Love stories are things I spent time reading when I was younger. I immersed myself in ‘Love Comes Softly’ over and over and over, and I remember thinking, ‘This is so sweet. I want that some day.’
But then I grew older. And I grew disillusioned that actual love stories were a real thing. Instead I found myself reading them with increasing skepticism, but I also indulged too much in the ‘fantasty’ of romance without wanting the actual sacrifice, the commitment, the ‘taking up your cross’ and following Jesus that real love requires.
And then it all kind of came to a head last year in March or April. I was laying in bed reading a ‘Christian romance book’, and I realized how much it was torturing me inside, making me lonely, making me long for something God hadn’t lovingly given to me at that time, and I needed to stop feeding the discontentment that was growing inside of me.
And my dad could see the storm in my heart. It was the month after my younger sister got married, and every thing came to a head.
He asked me, ‘Are you discontent?’
It slammed into my gut like a question you couldn’t avoid because you know the answer, and the answer hurts.
‘No, I’m not content.’ I had to answer my dad.
And then the lesson really began. 1 Timothy 6:6-10, ‘But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.’
So that’s what this podcast is all about; I’m telling you about a love story. A real love story, not the kind in Hallmark or Disney. It’s kind of messy, really amazing, and full of the redemption of Christ Jesus.
In this podcast I’m going to share:
– The whole process of what I learned last year
– Why I went from being kind of a romantic to a skeptic.
– When my heart finally started to find joy in the Lord and my satisfaction in Him (not in the romance I wanted)
– What I’m learning about love being so much more than a feeling.
– Why ‘matchmaking’ doesn’t really work, unless it’s God matchmaking people
– How God made the match between me and the guy who is now my fiance
– Why I thought and wanted to be single for a while longer
– How the Lord turned my skepticism about singleness to silent hope
– how the Lord wove a love story for me and my fiance that was 10 years in the making
– why being single has taught me so much about pouring yourself out and God’s love
How did God write your love story?
How does one trust God to write a love story?
Tell me about your love story of walking with Jesus, the most and the BEST love story of all.