When I started this blog 5 years ago, I wanted to include a category titled Ring Connection. Nothing encouraged me more as a single than to hear how God brought people together in marriage! What did it look like? How was this one so different than others they had dated? How did God speak to each of them that they knew this time it was special and could last?
The next two weeks you will read our story in two parts. Yes, no longer ringless, God brought my husby (the blend of husband and hubby) in His perfect time. Our hope is you be encouraged. God answers prayer usually outside of our time frame and beyond our understanding.
The Friendship spawned in 2008. Steve became Dee’s audiobook engineer for Lord of the Ringless. It was comfortable from the beginning. She lived a single active life surrounded by nephews. Steve had married at 20, for twenty-plus years and raised three sons.
Their Awakening began in September 2011 when Steve was the only one of 10 invitees to show at the Auburn open- air Strauss symphony. Dee discovered the man with 7 guitars, enjoyed classical music. In late October after the Lord of the Rings Munich Symphony they discovered a mutual love of sports too, in particular, basketball and football.
Steve’s SPARK ignited in December attending an Inspired Writer’s Christmas party together. “I had one of those brief moments where Denise was the only person in the room- an Oh no, I’m think I’m falling in love moment.” Steve feared losing the friendship—but risked sharing his feelings Dec 30th. Unsure, of her feelings but enjoying the friendship, Dee suggested they continue doing things together and readdress the relationship later.
Denise’s April shower moment came on a book tour. At a Washington state rest stop, I opened my moonroof and gentle rain fell just as Steve’s eyelashes brushed my cheek—my first butterfly kiss. Wondrously, the verse from my morning quiet time with God danced in my head,
“The seed will grow well, the vine will yield it’s fruit…and the heavens will drop their dew.” Zechariah 8:12
DEWDROPS have taken on a new meaning for Steve and Dee . They are gifts God drops from heaven to show His blessings and provision in seasons of sunshine and rain. Trusting God, believing Him for His promises remains significant, especially during this time of spotty employment for Steve.
And HUMOR . When Steve broke his clavicle, he became Bam Bam because he bounced twice on the concrete floor. Dee became Pebbles, his sidekick with the topknot. Words of affirmation lighten our daily adventure. Dee is POB , Princess of Buckingham and Steven, POW , the Prince of Wales, reflecting their English heritage. (Her “all” will transition to his “ell”)
Steve’s planned PROPOSAL unfolded a Dewdrop Saturday. He posed the M question on bended knees on the Pacific CrestTrail during a 10 minute interlude from a spring blizzard. God cleared the white out long enough to display gorgeous Sierra Crested white tops, sky blue Donner Lake and open heavens. Then the snow fell again—and a brilliant rainbow appeared. “The future is as bright as the promises of God,” Steve recited. Miracle Week followed…
( to be continued next Friday)