Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My Prayer to Find A Husband (And How It Came True!)

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!

I'm not the only one sharing my love story today! 

Check out all of these incredible love stories by these wonderful ladies:

Beth at Our Pretty Little Girls  //  Becky at BYBMG
Jessica at Sweet Little Ones  //  Emily at Raising Barnes
Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me  //  Stasia at Our Life on a Budget
Sarah at Abiding In Grace  //  Ruthie at Rear. Release. Regroup.
Laura at Life Is Beautiful  //  Christina at Waltzing In Beauty
Michelle at Grammie Time  //  Tina at Go Big or Go Home
Whitney at Polka Dotty Place

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