Amanda Cabot – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Amanda Cabot shares how she met her husband. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for her contemporary romance title, At Bluebonnet Lake – Book 1 in the Texas Crossroads series. Deadline: Sept 3rd, 11:59 pm central time. U.S. only. Here’s Amanda:

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True Love: The Unexpected Answer to Prayers

Most women can tell you when and where they met their husbands for the first time.  I can’t.  If that sounds strange, read on.  There’s a good reason.  You see, he and I attended the same church and the same high school, so we knew each other by sight well before we were ever introduced.  In fact, we were never formally introduced.  But even though I can’t give you a story of a romantic first meeting, I can tell you when, where and how our love story began.  It was in a classroom on the Ides of March the year I was a junior in high school that God answered my prayers in a perfect but unexpected way. 

Earlier that year I became a candidate for a year-long foreign exchange program.  Although no one from my school had ever been chosen for that program, I was convinced that I would be the first.  For a number of reasons, I wanted this desperately.  Ever since I’d been a young child, I’d wanted two things: to be a writer and to live in Europe.  This would give me the opportunity to do one of them.  Another part of me longed for the distinction of being the first from my school to accomplish something, but mostly I clung to the idea of living abroad as a way of escaping a less-than-perfect home life.  I prayed and prayed and prayed that I’d be selected.

You know what happened, don’t you?  I wasn’t chosen.  To say that I was heartbroken is a major understatement.  I was devastated as only a teenager can be, convinced that nothing would ever be right again.  But then, on the Ides of March, when I was feeling particularly sad, I stayed after school to help one of the Latin teachers with a project.  She and I were cutting up pieces of fabric to make tents for a model of a Roman camp when one of the seniors came into the room.  

He and I started talking.  One thing led to another, and the next thing I knew, he was walking me home, then inviting me on a date.  That was the beginning of a lifelong love. 

After almost five years of courtship, we were married a few days before Christmas.  It wasn’t an elaborate wedding, but it was just what we wanted: a day to celebrate our love with family and close friends.  And, to make it even more special, my uncle traveled 400 miles to be the minister who married us. 

Remember how I’d prayed for that year abroad?  It took six years, but that prayer was answered.  My husband was deployed to Germany with the Army, and I was able to accompany him.  That was the start of a wonderful adventure as we explored Europe.  We had very little money, but what little we had we used to travel.

What a joy it was to visit places I’d only dreamed of – Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Munich, Dinkelsbuhl, the Black Forest, the Nuremburg Christmas market.  The list goes on and on. 

Eventually my husband’s tour of duty ended and we returned to the States, where we lived outside of Philadelphia until his job took him to New York City.  It was a difficult move for a number of reasons, but once again I saw God’s hand at work.  The difficulty of that move led directly to the sale of my first book. 

And now, many years and many books later, we’ve achieved another one of our dreams and are living in Cheyenne, Wyoming.   

I think back to that March so many years ago and realize that God answered my prayers in ways I could never have imagined.  He didn’t give me the year abroad when I wanted it.  Instead He gave me what I needed at that time: a man to love and a man who would love me.  And then He gave me the opportunity to live abroad, but instead of being alone I was with the love of my life.

Never doubt that God answers prayers – every prayer – and that both His answers and His timing are perfect. 

About Amanda: Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels including the Texas Dreams trilogy, the Westward Winds series, the Texas Crossroad trilogy and Christmas Roses. A former director of Information Technology, she has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages.  Amanda is delighted to now be a fulltime writer of Christian romances, living happily ever after with her husband in Wyoming. Learn more and connect:

Amanda’s Website               Amanda’s Facebook               Amanda’s Twitter                Amanda’s Blog

About the book – On Lone Star Trail:

A woman without a future. A man running from the past.

One enchanting place where broken dreams are mended.

If there’s one thing Gillian Hodge never wants to see again, it’s a man on a motorcycle. Her last encounter with one left her right hand crushed, ending her promising career as a concert pianist. Unsure about the next phase in her life, she heads to Rainbow’s End Resort for some R&R when a sudden thunderstorm causes a motorcycle to crash right in front of her.

When TJ Benjamin’s wife died, he lost more than his best friend; he lost his faith. He has spent the past year wandering the country on his motorcycle, trying not to think about the future. When he finds himself stranded with a busted bike and a reluctant rescuer, he has to wonder about God’s sense of humor.

As these broken people collide, they find that a bright future is still ahead—it just might not be the one they imagined for themselves.

Question for Readers: Has there been a time when God’s timing worked better than yours did? Tell us about it.

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12 Responses to “Amanda Cabot – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 1”

  • Shelia Hall says:

    yes, God knew that my marriage was in trouble and that i only needed 1 child so i miscarried the 2nd child i was carrying

  • Trixi says:

    If it’s one thing I’ve learned is that God’s timing is best! I can’t really say a specific time, but a whole lifetime of things working out in His time 🙂 The most recent was the timing on my husband’s new job almost a year ago, it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time & we weren’t even looking!

    I really enjoyed your love story Amanda! God always has something better for us than we ever imagined!

    teamob4 [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Brad says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. My interest is always piqued to hear how people found there mates. God can be so clever in the way he answers both our needs and desires. And I know your books reflect that. Thanks too, to Shannon for hosting this fun article on an attractive web site.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    Without going into details, last year I became the primary caregiver for my 14 month old granddaughter. This was after I had retired so I was able to devote myself to her care. I firmly believe that God’s perfect timing orchestrated all of this!
    Thanks for this.post.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Amanda, what a beautiful story. And it encourages my heart to trust God with our dreams. Cheers

  • David Barkey says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Your husband must be a great guy to walk into a room empty handed and leave with his future wife. Does he have a name?
    Just in the last few weeks, Marge and I have experienced God’s timing for the umpteenth time. We love camping and have graduated from tents to trailers to 5th wheel to a pickup camper. Age is limiting my capacity to crawl in and out of tight places so we sold the pick up and the camper. A fellow pastor sold us his Toyota van at the right price and we found a small trailer capable of accommodating an elderly couple. A few days ago we enjoyed our first camping trip in the new rig. God is good. He not only supplies our needs, He also surprises us with whatever we seek from Him.

  • Cathy says:

    I have read most of Ananda’s books and always look forward to new releases. An example for me would be a job change and relocation which fell through. Was the best thing that could occurred, in the long run, altering the course of my life. Thanks for the interesting interview and the opportunity to participate.

  • Cathy says:

    Oops. Typo on Amanda! Smart phone and bifocals are not always issue free!

  • mary hagen says:

    I loved this. I met my husband skiing after I ran into him and broke my binding. He was so nice and offered to fix it for me in the warming shelter. I was hooked, but he never called me. Six months passed and he called and asked me for a date and I couldn’t go because I had another date. He persisted and I went out with him a few nights later. He has passed away, but we had sixty wonderful years together.

  • My God timing came with getting published. I really wanted it to happen before it did, but if it had, there’s no way I could have managed deadlines and edits when my son was younger.

  • L..A. Sartor says:

    Amanda,
    This is an incredible story, I knew tiny bits, but not the whole thing. And when I finished reading it, I literally let out a sigh.

    Gary and I met on a blind date. It almost didn’t happen, a longish story, but it did, and 36 years later, we still think we’re the luckiest people in the world.

    Hugs,
    L.A. Sartor

  • stvannatter says:

    I have a winner! Trixi won the drawing. I appreciate Amanda for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by.

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