A NEW PODCAST WAS RELEASED THIS WEEK
Testimony Of A Restored Marriage – Brad & Anne
Nothing is impossible with God! Our guests, Brad and Anne share how the slow drift apart fractured their marriage. Their powerful restoration story is a story of forgiveness, healing, and recommitment.
Below are excerpts from a few of the testimonies we have received in the past week, each shared with the writer’s permission. These are not to tell you how to stand and what to do, but are given here to share how God moves when people are praying. Do you have a testimony to share to encourage others?
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
“He’s moving the right pieces into place. So, you thank God in advance. Jesus said, ‘So I tell you to believe that you have received the things you ask for in prayer, and God will give them to you.’ Mark 11:24 (NCV). If you wait until you receive it physically before you thank God, is that really faith? What God has been teaching me as I wait for my prodigal is to love Him first. He is our first husband and true love. Father, my husband, Your love is smooth as milk and honey and so sweet, with no imperfections. Your fragrance is soft as a rose; Your touch is like a silhouette that runs through my veins. I am bright because You are the light. I am strong because You are masculine and powerful. I am protected because Your wings spread over me. You are my provider who meets all my needs. You are my first true love. This a poem I wrote to God. God bless you and stay strong and know he is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the end. Amen.” (Florida) Have you ever written down prayers in a notebook or journals? You may want to start writing some of your prayers down so you can refer back to them to pray. You may want to write prayers by looking up a several scriptures and write a variety of different prayers with different topics. I believe you will be blessed even if you write just a one or two prayers each week. Ask the Lord what He would like you to do! – Charlyne
“My husband left a couple of years ago. I pleaded for him to come home but he refused. He was already seeing another woman. He would come in every Sunday to visit for a few minutes. I prayed and asked God to bring my husband back, who had become extremely estranged from me. I started noticing some niceness towards me last year. He, however, did not come home. At the beginning of this year, he started coming to the house daily and being nice to me. We started talking more about us and the future of our family. He started following us to church for Lenten activities. He apologized to me and promised to make our lives together better. Before then he had cut all ties with the lady. He came home and it was a very exciting reunion. Since then, we have been happy. Living in love even better than when we first started. I want everyone believing for restoration to hold on to God. He is too faithful to fail.” (Nigeria)
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
“I have been standing for a very long time. My husband has been married to the OW for many years. We have had no contact and have not spoken for years. Our kids are married, and we are at the grandparents’ stage. This last Sunday was our older granddaughter’s baptism at my daughter’s church. All grandparents were invited. I didn’t think he would go since the OW doesn’t like him to attend any event where I will be present. He was there with her to witness our granddaughter’s baptism as she had accepted Jesus as her Savior. The sermon was about waiting on the Lord and not manipulating what is not His will for us. I prayed my husband would be convicted and remember the times when we were a happy family. Praise God for choosing such a glorious event and place to bring us back together!” (Georgia)
“I am a couple of years into my stand. I focused on restoring my marriage, not realizing we both needed to heal our hearts first. This journey was necessary, but it is also hard. I had a dream from Noah in the Bible and didn’t understand why until I saw that God allowed the flood because the world was corrupted with so much sin. Well, that was my marriage and it needed to be redone to take all the ugly out of it. About a year ago, we started to have contact and then became friends and now we are like boyfriend and girlfriend. There’s a lot of things we do for each other that we didn’t do before. This process has affected my home in different ways, but I believe that everything taken will be replaced. My relationship with God is so much better and I don’t want to be without Him. Praise God for what He is doing, and I know he will finish what He started. All this is so He may receive the glory, and all will see that nothing is too hard for God.” (Texas)
To God be the glory. My sisters-in-law invited the children and I to the birthday get together for her niece. It was nice and we went out as a big family. I praise the Lord for this miracle. It is a great start of what the Lord has in store. I am eternally thankful. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV).’” (Jamaica)
“I have just returned from a meeting with about 15 Lutheran pastors in attendance studying the Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage (MDR) doctrine of Holy Scripture. Being a part of this type of study has been a goal of mine ever since I became convinced of the lifelong marriage understanding taught by the early church after my wife divorced me (later remarried) when I confessed a pornography addiction. There was no objection to the speaker’s presentation which was presented from the perspective of ‘Can we justify remarriage from Scripture?’ His conclusion was ‘No we can’t, but I wish we could,’ knowing full well the ramifications to their ministries the pastors are facing if they find themselves in agreement. This meeting and the openness of the pastors to the presenter is a miracle of the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit lead these men and more Christian leaders to His truth on MDR and give them the courage to teach it so as to begin the end of Satan’s lies about MDR in our churches.” (Kansas) To God be the glory! I pray that pastors will preach about marriage and the permanence from God’s Word and the powerful scriptures. We all need to remember our wedding vows! The more the Church hears the scriptures from the pulpit, the more divorce can be removed from our churches due to the people’s lack of knowledge! God can resurrect and restore hurting or even divorced marriages! – Charlyne
“Many years ago, Mrs. Steinkamp and Lori visited my city. They took several standers out to dinner. I have been standing for many years, and it can be very hard at times. One of the reasons they wanted to get together with us was to help form friendships between standers so that we could encourage each other. One of the ladies and I became dear friends. Her situation has changed, but mine has not. It has been such a blessing having someone who understands, and I can be honest with her. She has become like family, and we get to share in all aspects of each other’s life. I encourage you to find dear friends to walk this journey with you. It does help lighten your load along the way. Since that fateful dinner, we get to share joy and laughter and marvel at how far the Lord has brought us. I thank the Steinkamps again for treating us that day. It has been such a lasting blessing!” (North Carolina) To God be the glory! Pray that your church would have a Sunday morning Bible Class on marriage restoration instead of classes about recovering from your divorce. You would be able to meet other people to pray with but remember no dating or going out with the opposite sex! Will you start praying this for your church, and other churches around the world? Nothing is too hard for God to do! Charlyne
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up…. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12