When I was in college, I used to write my prayer intentions in a journal everyday. So in March 2005 when I was a junior, I decided my next prayer was going to be for my future spouse.
And I was going to be specific! Because why not?! This man will only be the most important person in my life! So I asked God for the best, and I wrote down every.little.thing that I wanted in my future husband.
Now, I was saying this as a part of a novena to St. Joseph. A novena is a prayer said for 9 days for a specific intention. And as St. Joseph is the spouse of Mary and the foster father of Jesus, I thought it would be perfect to ask him to pray to God for me for my future spouse.
And that's where the sweet little miracles began...
So I started my novena in the middle of March. But I forgot one day - on March 19th to be exact - so I decided to start the prayer over. At the time, I didn't realize it, but March 19th is St. Joseph's feast day (the day that the Catholic Church celebrates him!).
So I started the novena prayer again. And on the new 9th day of my prayer for my future spouse, I had a very special patient sitting in my dental chair that day at school - Jim.
|The man I prayed for (Christmas 2006)|
This was the first time that Jim and I had ever had a conversation one-on-one. We first met in a college youth group a few months prior (it was love at first sight for me!), but we were just friends and had only hung out in groups. But I seriously loved him from day 1 - he just didn't know it!
I remember that dental appointment very well...
He came LATE.
When I was taking his blood pressure, my heart was beating out of my chest because I had to hold his wrist, so in my mind I was technically very close holding his hand! (I was really hoping he couldn't tell how nervous I was or feel my heart wildly beating through my fingertips!)
I chatted at him for 4 hours while I worked on him. (Yes, students need that much extra time!) Of course, he got to speak too when I took my instruments out of his mouth. (I'm not that hygienist!)
I thought it went well, so I was very happy after that appointment!
|The dating years! (Advent 2006)|
Throughout all of this though, I didn't realize that his appointment landed on the last day of my prayer. I wrote my prayer intentions weeks in advance. I had last looked at it on the 19th when I crossed out the days I messed up. So a couple of days after his appointment with me, I opened my journal to write out my next several prayer intentions.
And then I saw it.
The 9th day was that day. The day that Jim and I first talked one-on-one. And it only landed on the day of his appointment because of my "mistake". My "mistake" with the St. Joseph's novena prayer on St. Joseph's feast day.
|Continued below :)|
I don't believe in coincidences. I already "knew" Jim was the one in my heart. But this just solidified it!
So that summer, I made him think he snatched me through reading a book together (you can read that story here!) and the rest is history. After 11 years together, 9 years of marriage, and 3 beautiful little ones, he's still every little thing I prayed for!
God never ceases to amaze me in how he answers my prayers! I am so grateful for St. Joseph's prayers for us and to God for bringing Jim into my life and that we get to share this life together!
So did you have a specific prayer to find a husband? What was on your "list"? Happy (early) Valentine's Day!
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