30 Days of Faith: Day 9
Posted by mikedellosso
My husband Tom and I had been married for 21 years and he was not a believer. I’d prayed long and hard for him and it seemed as if God didn’t even know my address. Tom was a good man, a moral man, good husband and father, but he was lost.
One night I had a dream. It was Dec. 10, 1994 and in my dream I was literally fighting satan for Tom’s soul. I fought him for 3 days and on the last day, I said out loud, “I don’t know how much longer I can stand this.”
Satan sat in a corner of the room and he looked at me and smirked.
I became angry, stood up in all my weakness and said, “But I’m not giving up!”
Satan rose up out of the chair, walked past me so close I could feel his breath on my face, and said, “Well, I am.”
I woke up crying and later spoke to my pastor about it. His advice was that Tom’s salvation would probably happen soon.
Fast forward to Friday, May 19, 2000. I was in Joyful Noise, a Christian music store near my home, and the owner asked me if my husband had gotten saved yet. (We’d prayed for him together earlier.) I told her no, he wasn’t, and she grabbed my hand and began to pray.
When I went to my car and got in, my heart was lighter and the Holy Spirit began to speak to my heart, saying, “Get ready for a celebration for the lost lamb is coming home.”
Boy, I tell you what! I almost had to stop the car and get out and do a dance before the Lord.
Now, it’s Monday, May 22, 2000, just 3 days later. Tom and I are on our way to the nearest town to shop. Our hometown is incredibly small and we have to shop 12 miles away. We’re driving down the road and I asked him why he didn’t want to serve the Lord. (I had learned early on not to nag him about this.)
He looked at me and said, “I want to but I just don’t know how.”
And I replied, “Well, I do.”
We pulled into the parking lot of Lifeway Christian Store and I led him to the Lord. Glory to God! We went in the store and bought him a Bible and he has been serving God for 11 years now!
Tom is an incredible source of encouragement to me also. I have several chronic pain conditions that flare on occasion and last night I woke up in pain and I must have been groaning, for I felt Tom’s hand touch my shoulder and I knew he was praying for me.
I had prayed for him so long to come to Christ and I’d even save him a seat beside me in church! Not only did our precious Lord answer my prayer but He allowed me to be the one to lead my Tom to Christ. God is good.
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