“While I live in this home, I’m constantly reminded of the betrayal I went through in our marriage.”
My sister in Christ admits her weakness in overcoming the hurt that is real. She and her husband have already conquered some tough hurdles in their few years of marriage, but they’re committed to make it work and are holding one another accountable. Celebrate Recovery is a tool God is using to equip them for overcoming addictions and for open and honest communication about their struggles.
When the sting of lies and betrayal is still fresh upon you, it’s difficult to imagine a day when the negative circumstances of the past are not affecting the now. But it does come. The immediate is called a grace period. You are healing.
“Lord, I need You, O, I need You. Every hour I need You. My one defense, my righteousness- O, God, how I need You.”1
You see, today’s daily bread is the portion of grace you need to move forward in restoration. Rather than think about what the coming days will hold, focus on today. It’s like a runner preparing for the NYC Marathon. She looks at the three-month training log and sees the figure 26.2 listed on race day, and it overwhelms her. She has never run any distance longer than 13.1. But today doesn’t require a distance of 26.2 miles. Day 1 of her training schedule indicates a three-mile run. That is doable.
What’s the significance? Your responsibility during the restoration process is to be faithful with the distance you must “run” today. And know this: God’s grace is sufficient for you to complete all that is before you. You don’t have to worry about that day three months from now. His grace will carry you. Today is your focus. Be found faithful with today.
And what about the home and all the reminders of struggle that it represents? Do not despise those scars, dear one. One day your home will stand as a trophy, because what the enemy meant for evil, God turned for good! You looked to Him and trusted in His sufficient grace for each day of the journey, and now you bear the mark of an overcomer! This will be your testimony! Your home representing a family in tact and rooted in love will be your trophy! Do not give up now! God’s grace is powerful, and you can get those feet moving in stride with the Holy Spirit who equips you to run.
“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
1 Maher, Matt. “Lord, I Need You.” All the People Said Amen. Essential Records, 2013.
(posted by Renee Beamer)
It can change marriages, individuals, and a nation! The reason War Room is a film with huge potential for re-routing the hearts of believers in this nation is because it sounds the alarm- WE NEED TO BE A PEOPLE OF PRAYER!! We are not realizing the kingdom of heaven because we’re not praying!
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).
Jesus’ disciples asked Him why they couldn’t drive out the demon and He replied, “Because you have so little faith” (Matt. 17:20). Manifesting kingdom realities is directly related to our faith. Our faith is directly related to our prayers. Our effectual prayer is directly related to our relationship with God’s Word.
There’s so much happening in this world today that many believers ignore or experience sorrow over. That’s not good enough. God’s Word empowers our prayers; our prayers fuel our faith; our faith moves mountains, and that means darkness has to vacate to make room for a heavenly reality!!!
(posted by Renee Beamer)
The MARRIAGE BUILDING EVENT is excited to announce that Ray and Jacqueline Owensby will be speaking in the Friday night session, and that means we will be blessed! These two have passion- a true power couple! They have been to various places, have met a lot of people, have served in many ministry capacities, and they still keep seeking God’s heart for more of His kingdom and His righteousness! Their partnership in ministry, M.O.R. (Ministry of Reign), enables them to “Build People to Activate Purpose and Reign in Life.” I hope that it is clear- Ray and Jacqueline are also passionate for YOU!
Right now, our speakers are praying for you who will attend Restore 2015! You may not even know that you’re attending, but the Holy Spirit foreknows all who will register, and He is tailoring a message that will meet you where you are! God is always speaking, and the Marriage Building Team is confident that for all of us who position ourselves, we will hear from heaven and strengthen our marriages!
Does anyone else need a boost? Am I the only one who knows I’m not living up to the fullest potential of God’s love within me? Are you also praying about how to honor your spouse more?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please know that you’re not alone! Let’s come together this fall and experience the love of God that miraculously restores our hope and families!
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(Posted by Renee Beamer)
That was the question asked of me when Jon and I prepared for our soon-coming wedding day. My grandfather wanted to take the opportunity to shoot straight with me, and, boy, did I need it! After he asked the question, I quickly replied, “Of course, Grandpa!” The words he spoke next are invaluable: “You need to keep Jesus Christ centered in your life, and God will put everything else in its proper place.”
I understand better today why Grandpa had to ask me about longevity before Jon and I even had the chance to exchange I do’s. He knew something that I did not. The romantic love fueling our anticipation of becoming husband and wife held great promise for us, but something more would be needed once we encountered the grit and grime of life in the days ahead. We would need a sustaining love, a love that lays down one’s interests for the benefit of another. A love that honors the other even when he/she is not extremely lovable. A love that forgives and holds no record of wrongs.
Agapao is the word used in the original Greek text when Paul wrote, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). “Agapao is a love rooted in the mind and will of the subject and means to value, esteem, prize, treat as precious; to be devoted to.”1 The level of love described here is that which surrenders all, as God Himself demonstrated in the giving of His Son so that all who believe would have eternal life. This is the kind of devotion that outlasts hardships and bumps in the road; it goes beyond feelings.
So I ask you the same, “Do you want your marriage to last?” Jesus is your hope! His love in and through you will enable you to realize God’s sustaining power. But, indulge me in these concluding statements as I place a vision before you. What if Jesus not only wants to keep your marriage together and to keep your love sustained, but what if He wants to make your love stronger than the day you said, “I do?”
God will restore you and make you strong (1 Peter 5:10).
If you have navigated some difficult seasons in your marriage, then you understand how vital the Lord’s restoration is. Yet, we are also wise to acknowledge that even the small things lead to a gradual breakdown in the relationship, and we need rebuilding. Let’s come together this October 2-3 for the MARRIAGE BUILDING EVENT and learn God’s heart for our marriages.
Here’s what some attendees from last year’s events had to say:
“The Marriage Building Event reaches people in different stages of life.” (2014 Attendee)
“Our lives have been greatly blessed.” (Denise and John)
“A fun event.” (2014 Attendee)
“A blessed event. We felt welcomed and safe.” Willy and Brenda
“Our family is growing and changing, so we needed the ideas shared for enjoying time together as a couple.” (2014 Attendee)
“The Marriage Building Event was fabulous! If you missed it this weekend, make plans to go next year!” (Lee and Debbie Noble)
1 Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 1996.
(Posted by Renee Beamer)
Working with marriages can be tricky. Relationships involve many angles, and each angle is deserving inspection.
We all can experience greater relational health by recognizing we don’t always get it right. We sometimes fail to bring our best into the marriage. In that humble mind-set, can we trust that God forgives us and offers us a fresh start? Can we believe for trust to be rebuilt? Can we aim for the high mark of Christ in how we love one another?
Come to the Marriage Building Event expecting to reposition yourselves in the center of God’s truth. His plan is to promote an increase of your love for one another and for everyone else. It’s going to be a dynamic encounter of the Lord’s grace for your marriage. It’s going to be a time of increase!
(posted by Renee Beamer)