In the spring of 2001 my first edition of Emotional Purity was released. I was thrilled! I knew that God has lead me to write the book and I was excited to see what He was going to do with this message of emotional purity!
One night I felt that I needed to read Proverbs 24. I flipped open and began to read. Now, I've made it a practice to read the chapter of the day in Proverbs for a long time, so this was not new to me. I got to verse 27 and stopped dead in my tracks:
"Prepare your work outside and make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house"
At that moment I knew I was to do what God had called me to do: share the message of emotional purity. THEN, I'd get married. I knew in that moment I would get married! This was the first time I ever felt God confirm that I'd marry.
As you can see I wrote in my bible that day: Do what God call has called then marry. 4-25-01 Book will be done next Monday 4-30-01
Up till then I had never heard of John, but I had seen him, I just didn't know that I had seen him!
John was in the Zion Passion Play that Easter season (which he is also in this year as Pilate!). He was playing Peter and I remember during the Peter Denial scene I thought, "He must be married, his wife is in the audience, and his two kids are at home with the babysitter." I have no idea why I had this entire story about him in my head, but this is what I thought of him the first time I ever saw him! Strange!
About a week later some of my relatives, that went to church with John, mentioned him to me. They said, "You need to meet this guy at our church, he is playing Peter in the Passion Play."
"What, that guy is married!" was my private thought! after hearing that the guy who played Peter was not only single, but a "good catch", I went searching for the Passion Play program to find out his name: John Patenaude.
Huh, John...how do you say that last name!?!