I will never forget the sacred moment as I stood with my ex-husband and daughter in her new kitchen. Tears welled up in my eyes as I watched her father hug her and tell her how proud he was of her. We were all in tears as she hugged me and I also expressed how proud I was of her. A little later, she looked at us both and said, “I want you to know how happy I am to have both of my parents helping me move into my new home.”
My ex-husband and I were divorced 11 years ago after being married for 30 years. It’s been an extremely difficult time for him accepting the divorce and he made it clear to me that he didn’t want any part of me. I prayed daily for him, asking God to heal him so we could be friends. When I told my children that I wanted to reach out to him and call him, their response was always “Mom, don’t do it, he doesn’t want to talk to you and you have nothing in common.” That hurt because he was the father of my children and I wanted for us to be able to be in each other’s presence without the tension and knot in my stomach.
About a month ago, I received a call from my ex-husband who lives in Florida that almost knocked me off my feet. I panicked and thought one of my children had died or something really bad happened. I don’t think he has ever called me since the divorce. After he reassured me that nothing was wrong, I asked if I could call him back since I was at a friend’s house and couldn’t talk.
I prayed before I picked up the phone to call him back that we could connect in a peaceful manner. Shortly after our conversation began, he said, “I want to put the past behind me because life is too short to hold onto grudges.” I couldn’t’ help but wonder… “am I hearing him right?” I had waited and prayed all these years and in that moment my prayers were being answered.
Our family shared the fourth of July together and I am so grateful. My children were happy to see their parents talking and interacting with one another. As I have shared in many of my emails, God answers prayers in the perfect and right timing. It takes patience, perseverance and an expectant faith.
Don’t ever give up on your prayers, miracles can and do happen when you believe.
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