We need to celebrate all those women who have accomplished great things after divorce! Here’s a story that began right before this RADiCAL woman, Leanne Lynn, and her husband were set to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a special summer trip. During the spring, one night he didn’t come home and she caught him in a lie. Two days later he told her he wanted a divorce.
Leanne had worked the graveyard shift while he earned his engineering degree. Later she had been a stay-at-home mom for 20 years. Here’s how she described it:
“The next weeks brought me to the lowest point in my life. Into the deepest pain I had ever felt. I couldn’t sleep. I lost 40 pounds. Grief enveloped me. Despite the cloud of despair, I made myself get up every day and move forward. My faith was shaken, but I held on despite feeling that God was far from me. I held on to His promises even when I could not feel His presence. I asked him to show me His plan for me. I also asked friends what job they could see me doing? All responded: teaching! They were right. I had taught as a volunteer for years, and it was what I would have chosen if I had gone to college.
Just weeks later, at age 46, I enrolled into a community college as a full-time student. After the first day of classes, I cried my way home. On the old highway, I passed a worn-out discarded sofa on the side of the road. I thought to myself, ‘I am like that old couch, unfit for a donation to Goodwill.’ I felt unloved, unwanted and overwhelmed. I wanted to quit, but I didn’t.
To make a long-story short, she earned an associate degree at the community college and then entered a teaching program at a four-university. “I just walked forward one step at a time,” she says. “It was a day-by-day, moment-by-moment accomplishment. I kept my eyes on God. I kept being ‘Momma’ to my girls. I did my homework!“
Above is a picture of Leanne Lynn and her kids. She graduated magna cum laude in midlevel education! What a great example to her daughters and all of us.
Here are some final words from Leanne Lynn:
“The way I see it, you have to take it one day at a time and leave the rest in God’s hands. There are scholarships/grants for displaced homemakers, so I have done this without debt. There is no telling where I would be emotionally, if I had stayed in my ‘yuck’ and become a bitter old woman. I’m glad I don’t know!”
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9
Let’s all be inspired by Leanne Lynn’s story of success after divorce!