Like many, at first I was skeptical of online dating. While I could see it working for some people, I never thought it would work for me. But who am I to place God in a box! He can bring two people together through any means He sees fit, including a dating site! And He did.
After a string of below par “relationships,” an insanely busy schedule, and encouragement from friends who had done online dating, I decided to give it a shot. I felt in my heart it was time to try something different. I knew I wanted a man who loved the Lord, with similar values and beliefs as me.
Jeremy, who lived 15 minutes away for the past 2 years, had various mutual friends contacted me first. While I thought he seemed endearing, I wasn’t too interested initially. I had reservations because he was divorced with kids, and wondered if he needed more time to heal. I wondered whether he would be a good fit, considering I wanted children and had never been married. His persistence and sweet demeanor, however, eventually won me over. Upon returning from a road trip with friends I rushed to make it to our first coffee date. Tired and flustered from having spent three hours on the road, I nearly cancelled! But something told me I had to meet him and I’m so glad that I did!
If “love at first sight” actually exists, I can honestly say I felt it that day! Of course it takes time to truly get to know someone, but we did have an instant connection that went beyond physical. His pictures did him no justice and I still recall the way my heart leapt upon our first meeting. I was pleasantly surprised, and deep down I felt that moment marked the beginning of something very special. We talked for two hours about everything, thoroughly enjoying each other’s company. Our talk revealed that he was a man of depth, wisdom and was on the same page as myself, in matters that count. We are now planning our wedding!
Having been through the heartache of divorce, Jeremy is determined, through God’s strength, to do it right this time around. And, being a wonderful father, he understands the importance of parenthood. While not what I expected, Jeremy is MORE than I could have asked for. He is my best friend and the love of my life. I’ve waited a long time and he was worth the wait!
Besides just the privilege of sharing our story, I hope to be an encouragement to those who have closed themselves to love-who either think it is too late, are weary waiting, or feel not good enough. I waited 32 years and believe me it was not always easy, but God came through in HIS timing and purpose. Not only was Jeremy married seven years, straight out of high school, but at 28 he is four years younger. Needless to say, the timing was ripe for us. And Jeremy, who experienced some very dark times after his divorce, now is happier than ever and knows God has given him a second chance.