(Posted June 29th 2017 @ 11:05 AM by: Melody Reever)
On February 12, 2008, a new season of life became reality for me—widowhood. The morning after my husband’s funeral, I wanted to pull the covers over my head and never get up. As I lay there praying, the Lord sent comforting verses of Scripture to my mind.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5, NKJV).
“My grace is sufficient for you” (II Corinthians 12:9, NKJV).
“Lo, I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20, NKJV).
Then God said, “Get out of bed.” I did.
I never expected to outlive my husband, Robert Fuller, who had filled my life with joy for forty-one years. It took time to regain my balance and figure out how to think “single” instead of “married.” I loved being the Mrs. of the Reverend, and I didn’t know how to be a widow.
God did not leave me at any time. He knew how I was struggling. The emptiness was there, but it did not steal the joy of the Lord from my heart. I learned to turn my tears of sorrow into tears of praise and rejoicing. My family and friends were praying, and God was at work. I went to my source of strength at the foot of the Cross, and He was there.
In December 2011, I retired from World Evangelism Center after thirty-two years of employment and began a new journey of seeking God’s will and finding my place again. Our church went on a Daniel fast in January 2013. It was a cleansing of our bodies, drawing closer to the Lord, and a significant time in my life.
One day a missionary asked, “Have you considered an Associates in Missions assignment?” I had not and really had no desire to go to a foreign setting. However, I began to wonder if that was why the Lord was speaking to me about a change in my life. The story of my life has been doing all kinds of things that I didn’t want to do and never dreamed I would attempt.
When the spring of 2013 came around, I was still praying and asking God to help me have the courage to tackle whatever assignment He had waiting for me. I was wondering if it might be going to a country where there would be lots of bugs—and I needed help with that. Little did I know a different kind of bug was about to bite me!
On June 13, 2013, I had committed to fasting and prayer for friends who were going on a missions trip. As I opened my iPad to enlarge a map of the location of their trip, the Spirit of the Lord came into my living room in such a powerful and tangible way. It was a blessed time of prayer and worship.
Later that afternoon, I received an email from a student at Urshan Graduate School of Theology (UGST) about the answer to prayer concerning his new job. In my happy response, I hit “Reply All.” Afterward I thought, Why did I do that? Oh, well, it doesn’t matter. It mattered.
Daniel Segraves, whose wife, Judy, had passed away in January 2011, was in his home office that same afternoon working on an article for the Pentecostal Herald. He prayed, “Lord, when I’m finished writing this article, please let me know who I can invite to go with me to hear the singing of the Ambassadors of Harmony this weekend.” He finished writing and at the exact time he opened his email to forward the article, the first email he saw was from Susan Fuller. As a professor of biblical studies at UGST, he also received the email that I had sent as a “Reply All.” He considered this an answer to prayer because one of his favorite courses to teach is “Miracles, Signs, and Wonders.” I soon received a text in his perfect gentleman style that said, “Would you receive a call from me, Daniel Segraves?” I was about to experience a Daniel feast!
Our first date was at the concert two days later. A special friend who saw us there said, “They will be married before General Conference.” We were.
It took Daniel nine days to pop the question, and it took me two seconds to say “yes!” Love-bug bit!
We had a beautiful wedding on September 28, 2013, and honeymooned at the General Conference, fulfilling the prophecy given by our friend on June 15, 2013.
Our life together has been filled with joy, and I am blessed to again be the Mrs. of the Reverend.
Then God said, “It is good that you got out of bed.” It was.
Susan Segraves and her husband, Daniel, reside in St. Peters, Missouri. Their blended blessings include two plus two children plus spouses, ten plus five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. The Sanctuary in Hazelwood, Missouri is their church home.