Ok, so by now, all of the Duggar fans should know that dear ‘Jessa Blessa’ is in a courtship relationship………Praise God! We also know that many of our questions will be answered about this union on the 19 Kids and Counting season premiere, which airs tonight. Even so, I just had to do a little digging of my own to see who this young man is…….Mr. Ben Seewald……and to try and determine his character.
First off, let me just say how happy I am for them. Anyone who has read my blog, knows how much I love the Duggars, and I am so thankful that one of the daughters has found her mate, and that she is going to honor God in the pre-engagement process. When I wrote a post about the oldest Duggar girls and my own children entitled ‘Will Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar Marry?……Will MY Children Marry?……..Yes, If It Is God’s Will!’, I wondered which of the girls would go first. (you can read that post here: http://raisingservantsofchrist.com/2013/05/16/will-jana-jill-jessa-and-jinger-duggar-marry-will-my-children-marry-yes-if-it-is-gods-will/
So now that we know it’s Jessa, Duggar fans who have watched her grow into the beautiful young lady that she is, are interested in the man who has claimed her heart. Some of the questions that I myself am curious about are: How did he meet Jessa? Is he a Christian, is he a homeschooler, does he come from a large family, does he want lots of children, where will they live, how will they support themselves……the list could go on and on. I do not have all of the answers to these questions, but here is what I have found out from various articles and sources:
Ben lives in Hot springs, Arkansas, which is about 3 hours and 45 minutes away from the Duggars hometown of Tontitown, Arkansas. It has been said that he and Jessa met at church, which may or may not be the Duggars home church. He owns and operates a windshield repair business called ‘Affordable Windshield Repair’, and he also works at Diamante Country Club. His business motto is, “Giving you clearer vision on the roads of life – 1 chip repair at a time.”
According to the pictures he has posted on Facebook, he is indeed a Christian. In fact, he paired two of my favorite things……..Christ and Lord of the Rings……..he’s definitely A-Okay in my book! One such picture is of a battle scene from ‘Return of the King’, which he posted along with these words:
“Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) As Christians, we are in a war against our former master, Satan and his forces of evil. It is not necessarily a physical war, “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)” (2 Corinthians 10:4) Each day, the world, our own flesh, and the Devil seek to bring us down and defeat us. Let us remember always, that though they may wound us, and that though it may seem hopeless, that ” …whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
Good words to hear, and good values to live by……..and if he does lives his life this way, then Jessa has been blessed indeed.
In fact, Jim Bob stated in an article from People Magazine, “He’s the first one she has shown interest in that has a spiritual focus and legitimate calling about ministry work,” he says. “When a guy is pursing your daughter, you want to check him out and see if there are any red flags and with Ben, there hasn’t been. He is very sharp. It appears like a match made in heaven.”
I pray that it is a match from God, and I pray that if that’s the case, no man or circumstance can pull them apart. May God bless them and keep them through all of the exciting times ahead!
**I have emailed Mr. Seewald a few questions. If he responds, I will post them here. What questions or well wishes do you have for the new couple?**