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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kissing Frogs

Back when we were young, someone close to me said, “Before you meet your Handsome Prince, you’ve gotta kiss a lot of frogs.” I cracked up! “So true,” I thought! I certainly hadn’t been kissing amphibians in my search for Mr. Right, but I had looked around at the lay of the land and found the prospects somewhat barren.
I remember voicing my frustrations to an older girl when I was eighteen. She answered, “Lou Ann, don’t be discouraged. You only need one man.” She was so wise. While I was frustrated about all the men I didn’t think were right for me, I forgot to trust God to lead Mr. Right to me and me to him. Later that year, I surrendered even my desire for marriage to God, and I rested in the Lord.

And, in the strangest of circumstances, I met Mr. Right. I know it’s not usually this way, but when we met, there were bells ringing and lightning flashes. I walked back to my dorm that evening trying to convince myself I couldn’t possible “know” on the first acquaintance.

Three years later, we were married.

Now, more than 35 years later, my Handsome Prince is still my handsome prince.
And I still don’t recommend kissing frogs! 


  1. Sweet story. When I first went to college, I was dating a guy from back home. The relationship was all wrong for many reasons, but it took me a long time to realize that and break it off. Then I was like a kid in a candy shop, thinking, "All these guys! And at a Christian college!" But word had gotten around that I was "taken," so no one asked me out for a long time. Even there I had to realize the Lord knew just which one was right for me and bring us to each other.

    I was uncommonly excited when my husband asked me out, but I didn't think he was "the one" -- he was a physics major, and I had thought that being surrendered completely to the Lord meant that I'd either be a missionary or marry a preacher. But when it became clear that this was God's leading, He helped me see that anyone can have a ministry and can (and should!) be fully surrendered to the Lord in any profession.

  2. Exactly! God has called us to be salt and light where we are! If everyone were a pastor or missionary, no one would be in the pews! :o) God gave you a wonderful man, and your gifts definitely complement each other. I'm glad for you!


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