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Our Love Story: Celeste’s Turn
  • by Celeste Talley
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  • Mar 07, 2017
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​Remember when John Talley told his love story? Well, this time, his wife does the honors!


Feeling awkward and out of place, I sat down in a room full of people who I didn’t know other than my friend who had invited me to the party.

It was my friend’s grandmother’s surprise birthday party. In the distance, I noticed someone or, rather, he noticed me. His name was John. He politely walked up to me and initiated a conversation. He made me feel welcome in this room full of strangers. So kind, so outgoing and so handsome: Who is this guy? After a long while, I realized that God had placed me in this very spot for a particular purpose and, in this moment, I had found my soul mate; I did not know this at the time.

John and I clicked instantly, but our relationship did not begin right off the bat. I wanted to get to know him better before we started dating. My parents were very strict and would not allow me to date until I got out of the house but, of course, I rebelled and decided to date John against my parents’ wishes.

On May 28, 2007, we made our relationship official by becoming boyfriend and girlfriend—about two years after we first met. We exchanged many phone conversations, emails, and instant messages before becoming an official couple. I remember asking him to go to my high school homecoming dance and he accepted the invitation—a little hesitantly because he had gotten an injury playing sports and was unable to dance. We talked all night at the dance and, by the end of the night, he asked for a kiss—which I declined.

Early on in our relationship, it was difficult for us to see each other, as neither one of us could get reliable transportation. One day, as we were at the mall spending time together, he told me that he was going to be moving to a different state. He was only joking, but I began to cry. He reassured me that he was only kidding. Little did he or I know that his joke would soon turn into reality. In his senior year of high school, John moved across the country to Albuquerque, New Mexico from New Jersey. We were both devastated and wondered how our relationship would last.

We continued our relationship despite the distance between us. Lots of long phone calls and gifts exchanged. After graduating from high school, John ended up moving to Arizona. During his stay in Arizona, he met a friend and this friend shared the gospel with him and God chose to save John at the age of 19. With his newfound faith, John decided to break things off between the two of us because I was not a believer and he could not be with someone who was not a Christian.

While we were apart from each other for about a month, I was doing a lot of partying and doing things that I should not have been doing which were sinful. Then, one day, I got a message on Facebook from John: he missed me. I missed him, as well. We ended up talking on the phone, and eventually he shared the gospel with me. He told me that I had been living in sin and desperately needed a Savior. His words lingered in my mind for the next few months. Did Jesus really die for me? Was He crucified and raised from the grave after three days? I realized this was true and that I needed to repent and believe in the God of the Bible.

In the summer of 2010, I dedicated my life to Christ and have been living for Him ever since. God used John as a mouthpiece to draw me to Himself. My faith in Christ is the best gift I could ever ask for or receive.

After I got saved, our relationship grew deeper. We were more than just connected on an emotional level but now a spiritual level too. Our relationship continued to be from a distance. I was off at school in New York at St. John’s University while John was in Arizona. Throughout each year, I would visit during breaks and holidays. On one occasion on December 17, 2010, I flew in to Arizona for Christmas break. I was so happy to see him. To my surprise, John popped the question at the airport parking lot and, of course, I said yes.

We were married on May 28, 2011 and have been going strong ever since. I look forward to our future together and cannot wait to see what God has in store for the both of us.

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