Shannon here: Lorna Seilstad shares how God orchestrated her real life romance. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for a copy of her latest Contemporary Romance, More than Enough from the Mosiac Collection. Deadline: February 1st, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Lorna:
Next month, my husband and I will have been married 30 years. That feels crazy to me. It seems like we got married yesterday and forever ago all at the same time. I’m not sure any of it would have happened without a flat tire.
Here’s the story.
We dated for a rocky two years. Even though my husband was five years older than me, he wasn’t sure he wanted to get married yet. He once told me, “I love you, but I don’t know if I want to love you.”
Yes, it was crushing, but I understood what he meant.
One night, when things were not going well, I “put out a fleece.” You know the Bible story where Gideon puts out a fleece and asks God to make the fleece wet and the ground around it dry? Then, the next night he reverses the order of his request? Well, I’d heard a sermon on Gideon, and in moment of desperation, said, “God, if you want me to stay with David, then give me a flat tire on my car tomorrow.”
I quickly amended that because one, I didn’t need a flat tire when I was on my way to teach school, and two, I felt that asking God for a sign like that showed my immature faith.
Finally, I feel to sleep that night. In the morning, I’d forgotten about my prayer, but when I hit the landing on the steps outside the house, what did I find?
A flat tire on my car.
My whole body broke out in goosebumps and my knees grew weak.
God had heard my prayer and answered it. He knew I needed something more to hang on in this relationship for a bit longer.
What I didn’t realize then was that my husband only did things 125%. In other words, he wouldn’t commit to a forever until he was all in, and once he made that commitment, there was never a moment of doubt or turning back. My husband knew that marriage was about more than feelings. It was also about commitment. God knew that we’d raise three godly children together, we’d face joys and sorrows hand in hand, and we’d work together serving Him, so I needed to be patient.
So He gave me a flat tire.
How did I get to work? I borrowed my dad’s car, and he took my car to have the tire checked.
“There was nothing wrong with that tire,” my dad told me. “That’s strange.”
But I knew the truth.
And thirty years later, I still do.
About Lorna: Fan-favorite Lorna Seilstad brings her stories to life using a generous dash of humor. She is a Carol Award finalist and the author of the Lake Manawa Summers series and the Gregory Sisters series. Her stories are also part of several novella collections. When she isn’t eating chocolate, she teaches women’s Bible study classes, volunteers with 4-H, and does wedding planning. She and her husband have three adult children and live in Iowa. Learn more & connect: Lorna’s Website
About the book – More Than Enough
Quirky Fiona McGrath loves her job as a Child Life Specialist at a Dunedin, Florida hospital. As a former foster child, she understands trauma and wants to ensure no child ever faces the same kind of fears she once did. But are fears truly in the past?
Gabe Cavenaugh’s life is right on schedule. As the youngest assistant Chief Financial Officer in the hospital’s history, he has much to prove, but he’s confident he can do anything he’s asked. After all, he’s secure in his faith and has the constant support of his family.
When Gabe is directed to make cuts in order to balance the hospital’s budget, his search leads him to the Child Life Program and to Fiona. How can this crazy, hat-wearing woman, who rides around on a sparkly scooter possibly be a vital member of the medical team?
As Fiona works to persuade Gabe about her job’s necessity, he begins to see there’s more to her and her work with young patients than wacky clothes.
But will she be enough to save her program? And could she possibly be enough for a man like Gabe?
Note from Lorna: I’m switching gears on this novel, since I usually write historical romance. It was a lot of fun to write something where people have cars and cell phones. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Can’t wait for the drawing or worried you won’t win? Get your copy now! More Than Enough – Amazon
Question for Readers: What happened the last time you had a flat tire?
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