My Aunt Karen sent me a beautiful email this week and said it was OK if I shared it with all of you; but first, some back-story…
I’ve already posted the story of my conversion, and how Aunt Karen was the one who first helped me come to know Jesus when Kent & I were in the midst of a painful time in our marriage. Long before our struggles, she went through a very difficult divorce and cried out to the One who has been her best friend ever since. Years later she married Ken, a solid Christian man whom we all absolutely love. Both Aunt Karen & Uncle Ken are the type of people who put you at ease immediately and you can’t help but love them. I’ve found this is usually how it is when someone is filled up with Jesus, His love and peace attract you to them, and it’s definitely true in their case.
Now that you know a little more, read the email Aunt Karen sent to the family today:
“WELL, my husband is taking me on an Alaskan cruise in July with Charles and Cindy Swindoll. We have a lot of their material and listen to him on the Christian radio station all the time. When I was single, I heard them talking about their cruise on the radio and prayed that someday I would have a husband who loved Jesus enough to follow HIS ways, and who would want to go on a cruise with Swindoll and his staff. Ken never knew this, but he came home one night about a month ago and asked me if I wanted to go on a cruise with the Swindolls and a 1000 or 2000 people. Of course, the devil got into my head right away and I thought, “It’s a long flight to meet the ship…” (I’ve never liked flying.) I just said, “OK, when?” Then while praying a few weeks later, after Ken had to ask again when a deposit needed to be submitted, the Lord reminded me about my prayer request when I was single. I apologized to Ken in joyous tears and told him that was a dream I had asked Jesus for years ago, AND that I was sorry I didn’t act more excited about his offer! Now I said, “SURE, I’D LOVE TO GO!” The moral of the story…keep praying and being obedient to the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart if it’s in His will for your life.”
Thank you for letting me share this, Aunt Karen! If any of you have a story about answered prayers, I’d love to hear them in the comments!
- Note: Many of you may read this and think, “Well then why isn’t God giving me the desires of my heart that I have begged Him for?” If you feel this way, please read this book, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To: Divine Answers to Life’s Most Difficult Problems.” It helps to answer those tough questions.
- Read more about getting through the tough times in life.
- Another note, but unrelated to this story: If you are getting ready to buy or sell real estate in Michigan and want to work with someone with integrity and that you can completely trust, Uncle Ken owns Coldwell Banker/Schmidt Realty, and Aunt Karen sells real estate in the Traverse City area. Just an FYI in case you might want to look them up.