It’s time to bring the Lord Jesus Christ glory. Please honor Him along with me as I give Him all of my worship. I am a humbled, ordinary wife who serves an extraordinary God. I am privileged to have a front row seat to watch the Creator of the universe, vividly active in the lives of the Donovan Clan.
Many of you know that several years ago I prayed the Dangerous Prayer….. (you can read it here at Laced With Grace) This prayer, “Lord, do whatever it takes to save my husband,” was spoken with sincerity and surrender. For the first time I was able to pray it and really mean it.
Lynn was ready. God was ready.
Little did I know God waited all these years for me to finally arrive in this place of trust to start the life-changing work in me, my husband, and many of those who will hear our story.
Thus began a scary, crazy, and awesome journey. On January 16, 2009 almost a year ago, my husband lost his job. What I know to be true is my husband’s unemployment and his faith journey are intricately intertwined.
Where to begin???
The Blogger’s Retreat.
The many months leading up to the retreat I often wondered why the Lord was sending me across the country to this brand new event in Sneads, Florida. My sweet friend, Angie Knight, invited me to share some thoughts about blogging for Christ. I thought I was going to Florida to help others.
Whoa, was I clueless.
I was going there because God has praying friends and He was bringing them together to “HELP” me.
It was 5:30 p.m., Sneads time on October 23rd. I had just finished speaking about blogging and sharing my story about my husband. At that moment the Holy Spirit was moving and I mean moving. Lisa Shaw and Angie both rose from their seats and they called the women in the sanctuary to come forward. These women surrounded me on all sides and they prayed.
They prayed with fervor and conviction for my husband’s salvation and for him to find employment. My words fail me, even today, to explain this experience. The Lord, Himself was present and somehow I felt deep in my spirit that my husband’s salvation/employment journey was immediately at hand. The decree was spoken from the heavens.
It was at 5:30 p.m. October 23, 2009 Sneads time that my husband’s name was glowing in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Connie, Lisa and Angie said from that day forward I must now pray for the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in my husband’s life. I knew they were right. I felt the Lord speaking to me to remain watchful, prayerful, and quiet about all that was taking place until the pinnacle of His plan was revealed. And today is the day.
I arrived home from the retreat overwhelmed with a surety of the future. I knew before I even opened the door to the house that God was already moving.
Sure enough, that very day my husband received a phone call about a potential new job. I just knew it. I knew after months with zero leads for employment that God was preparing to show His power and love in our lives. But, it gets even better. Why? Because our God isn’t a small God, He is Sovereign and He will teach us what it really means to bring honor to His name. A few days later another job opening landed on my husband’s desk. Then a few more days pass and another arrived.
After months of nothing, three jobs, ALL AT ONCE. (I have to shout here…. Go God… Go God…. Go God…)
My husband began speaking to these potential employers and moving the process along. Now he would have to choose. Did you hear me? He would choose. Go figure….
At this point I am praising Jesus every moment of every day. BUT, even better, so was my husband. One day he came into my tiny office, grabbed my hand, “Come with me to the family room. Let’s pray about these jobs.”
“WHAT,” you say???
You heard me right.
He wanted to pray. We prayed, together, out loud.
Over the past several weeks my husband has prayed. He is praying to Jesus. He is seeking His will.
On Wednesday, November 25 at around noon the day before Thanksgiving, an offer letter arrived. I was in Colorado with my Mother and Sister (another amazing story the result of the Blogger’s Retreat – read it here). My husband called, I was in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant.
“I have a job.”
“Woo Hoo,” I screamed then shouted to my sister and her family, “He’s got a job. Hallelujah, Thank you Jesus.”
My husband went on to give me some of the details; He starts on December 14th and will be working close to home. My husband has always traveled away from home. Out on Monday, home on Friday. This is the first time in 17 years he will come home every night for dinner. ANOTHER answer to prayer.
So today, would you please just take one moment and give honor and worship to the King of Kings. Please praise Him in the comments today. The Lord never gives up, His love never fails, His ways are always the best ways. His will is perfect for our lives.
Okay, this is only ONE fantastic event of the past six weeks. I have more to tell you about my husband and about our LORD.
Please hear me now. There are many of you right now who are in agony over the salvation of your spouse or someone you love. Don’t ever give up. God hears your prayers. What I know to be true is His timing is never our timing. He often takes much longer to work things through to a conclusion. It’s the journey where He does His best work. Don’t rush the Lord. You may be struggling, hurt, desperate, depressed, at your wits end. I once lived there too. But, I have learned so much on this journey and I wouldn’t trade a moment of it for everything in the world.
I am an ordinary woman. I am a prodigal. I am a sinner and have failed in life more than I have succeeded but God never gave up on me. Not even in the darkest of the dark years. He has pushed me, prodded me, He has encouraged me and challenged me with relentless determination because He loves me that much.
God loves me so much He will not allow me to remain unchanged. Ironically, He used my spiritually mismatched marriage to bring about His greatest work in my life. I am humbly and utterly undone when I ponder His ways.
If God will do these kind of miracles in my life, in the life of my husband, my family, He will certainly do it in your life. AND THAT’S A PROMISE.
Stop back on Friday for the next installment of the Chronicles of the Donovan Clan. Be Blessed, Lynn