One of God’s greatest gifts to me!

I was married very young, and the marriage did not work out since neither knew how to love one another. After we divorced, I spent many years wandering around dating different women, having fun but never trying to find someone to marry again. I didn’t think it would happen for me, but God had other plans. I was baptized at the young age of four, but I didn’t know what it was like to walk with God, and I wasn’t currently walking with him when he placed one of the greatest gifts in front of me. I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted my future wife to look like if I were ever to remarry. From the color of her lipstick and hair to what she would say and do every day, I was wrong. One day while my kids were visiting me, they decided they were going to play with a little girl down the block that they had met. I recommended that we go down to the park and play, and if she wanted to come with us, she needed to ask her mother. The mother decided to go with us and come to find out she was single. She wasn’t very talkative when I started a conversation, but it was okay because I talked enough for both of us. I was getting nervous about having things to say, which was not like me. Back then, everything flew out of my mouth with little regard for others’ feelings. What I felt was completely different than anything I had ever felt before but thank God I managed to squeak out, “Can I take you to a movie sometime,” and praise God, she said YES! Taking her out to the movies was incredible, to say the least, but it was the following times we were together afterward that touched my heart. We would walk and talk about our dreams and things we had been through, and it felt like I could talk to her forever about anything. She introduced me to God, taking me to a church where a pastor spoke right to me every Saturday morning, moving me closer and closer on my newly found journey with Him. The more conversations I had with her, the more and more I wanted to be with her for the rest of my life because it just felt so comfortable. On one of our earlier dates, I actually told her that I did not want to get married again. It was too painful with the breakup at the end. Around two months later, I asked for her hand in marriage, and she said yes. We ended up having a wonderful wedding, and a little while after, having a miracle baby girl changed my life even more. I thank God for not answering my prayer about the woman I thought I needed. He ended up placing an angel in my life that I didn’t want to live without. She has touched my heart every day since we’ve been married, even through the toughest of times.

God knew what I needed before I was even born and waited till the perfect time to place her in my life. He waited patiently through multiple attempts at failed relationships to bless me with a perfect mate. She isn’t just a great wife but also my best friend. If you feel like your relationships aren’t going anywhere and you’ve hit a dead end, then get down on your knees and pray to God. I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised at who he has picked out for you. Proverbs 19:21 many are the plans in a human heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that’s possible. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the Nations.” Romans 8:28, and we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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