Story - Tony & Debbie Dunn - as told to Holly Poole
This week, I sat down with Tony and Debbie Dunn and asked them to share their story about waiting on the promises of God and the contentment in the waiting. They both share a similar message: put your life in His hands and He will fulfill the desires of your heart.
Tony & Debbie experienced two different journeys with the same desire to have a family. Once their hearts were both aligned with the heart of God, He led them to one another. Together, they are walking together, glorifying God with their lives because of His faithfulness. The Dunn's are now expecting their second child.
Tony: I was desired to have a family, but never really made the choices conducive of that. The year that I met Debbie, I had some major transitions spiritually. I came into obedience with God and began sharing with other men. In June, I had an encounter with God and I felt the Holy Spirit tell me that my sons name will be Zachariah. I said, “God, I don’t even have a wife.” I looked up the meaning and it was “God remembered.” He remembered me and marked my son. Two weeks after that I met my wife.
Debbie: I had been dating this guy and I knew it wasn’t right. I guess I always knew that I’d have a family. I never really worried about getting married, but I did question God sometimes because I was getting old. I even came to the place of being okay with never being married and adopting my kids. June 19, (Tony remembers the time - 6:05) Tim and Michelle Braud had set them up and they met at their house. It was two months after we met that we were engaged. Even now, it feels like we’ve been married for 10 or 12 years because it was just right.
"The key is having intimacy with God and the right person will fall right in your lap. When God set me free and I put my trust in Him, I immediately found my promise."
Tony: We wanted to have kids right away and were discouraged at first when it wasn’t happening immediately. We had to just really trust God. Even for our second child, it was about trusting God and knowing that He has what is best for us. God keeps His promises and we will have our second child around the same time that Zachariah was born. It’s not the most glorious story, but it’s a story of God’s faithfulness. When I just rested in His peace and surrendered myself to God that’s when His promises came to pass. The key is having intimacy with God and the right person will fall right in your lap. When God set me free and I put my trust in Him, I immediately found my promise. I had a hard time submitting to God for so long—but now I know that I have to let Him take control, He knows better. He knows what is perfect for us. He knows who the best person is that will make us the best person. We are two completely different people, but God knew what He was doing.
My son has shown me how much my Heavenly Father loves me. It has shown me how much He loves us through the way I love my son.
"If I think back at 25, I would say just enjoy the season that you are in. Don’t get caught up in wanting what other people have."
What would you tell your 25 year old self?
Debbie: You’re still young. God has a plan and timing is everything. You just have to rest in His peace and be content where you are at. If I think back at 25, I would say just enjoy the season that you are in. Don’t get caught up in wanting what other people have. I think I’ve always lived my life like that. I was content with wherever I was in life because I knew that God was a good God. I knew that I wanted a family. I knew God would provide that.
Tony: If I would've gotten married at 25, I wouldn't have been ready. It was God’s perfect timing that I got married when I did. The key is just contentment with where you are.