I Still Believe It

For about half of this week, I was low state.  I was deeply disappointed and in great sadness.  This sadness was beginning to turn to anger toward YAHUAH.  Sometime on Friday, I began to see that my attitude was wrong but still I felt like I was so right in the way that I felt.  Now my feelings weren’t wrong.  We will experience disappointments in life, but the way that I choose to respond and not walk in faith believing YAHUAH’s word over what I saw, was wrong.

So today, I was listening to David and Nicole Binion and I was trying to replay “Doxology” when another song started playing.  I was about to hit the back button, when I heard the words “When I cannot see it…” As I continued to listen, I knew this was my song today.

So if you are down in your faith, if life’s challenges have you challenged, I pray this picture I created below, will encourage you to hang on.

 

Here is the song:  All Things – Nicole Binion

 

 

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Where is Christ in Halloween 2018 WTF? (Worth The Fun)

This is the question we truly must ask ourselves:

Is celebrating Halloween Worth the Fun?

One day my husband and I were outside and a neighbor was walking by taking a basket of Halloween candy to another neighbor. When my husband asked her why she was doing it, since it was not of Christ, she said “We do it for the candy!  For the kids!”

Have we who believe in the bible, dropped so low in our faith that we are willing to participate in wicked celebrations, just for some candy?

I could write a thousand more words about why we should be avoiding candy to begin with but the deeper issue is, why are many people excusing and taking part in what is clearly known as a celebration that is against the bible?

In this special message, Where is Christ in Halloween 2018 WTF? (Worth The Fun) you will be challenged with The Word and invited to “put on the Truth of Holiness” instead of giving way to envy and falling into sin.  It is time to climb out and be set apart.  The church, the body of Messiah “needs to stop acting like the world and be holy.”

If you are a believer in the bible, and are willing to allow the Messiah to dwell in you, then listen to this message, Where is Christ in Halloween 2018 WTF? (Worth The Fun)

Also here is the Message Scripture Guide –
http://ExaltedLifeFellowship.Faith/Halloween_2018_WTF_Worth_The_Fun.pdf

 

Shabbat Message: Great Is His Faithfulness

Where is my focus?
What kills my faith?
Why am I lonely?
Where am I casting my cares?
What can I choose to allow into my heart?
What must I believe?
What am I worried about?
Where do I get encouragement?
Who is my light?
Where do I put my trust?
Whose joy is in me?
Whose am I?
Where do I find strength?
What am I finding my joy in?

I know I have had the very same questions and maybe you have too. What are we to do with our questions? Where are we to turn?

Today’s Shabbat Message Great Is His Faithfulness, is straight from the heart. We all have faith but we are only flesh. In life, we all deal with Anxiety, Fear, Loneliness, Discouragement and Lack of Joy-but that is not the end. YAHUAH the Father and YAHUSHA Messiah (Christ) His Son is there with us. In fact, HIS word has many promises of hope.

I invite you today, to hear of our heavenly Father’s Faithfulness and His love toward You today, in Great Is His Faithfulness.

 

Shabbat Message: The Simplicity of Messiah (Christ)

Complicated.

That’s what salvation has become.

Simple, true salvation has become buried under Torah keeping, man-made laws, traditions, so -called “new” insights, classes for salvation, words that are always changing, do this, don’t do that, moons, new moons, calendars, clothing, reading, regulations of worship, prayers rooted in the Talmud…placing a yoke of bondage or completely blocking the free gift of grace.

Those things that complicate salvation suck the Joy Out of Grace and pollute our life in Messiah how it can truly be lived.

But when a person just reads the bible-the words of The Messiah for him/herself, they will find none of that.  They find freedom.  That’s what we need to get back to.

In this week’s Shabbat Message: The Simplicity of Messiah (Christ) – you will hear about salvation, plain and simple.  You will see clearly that Love is passed down through Grace and the life changing encounter that the Good News Brings.

I was particularly encouraged to hear and read a portion of scripture that shows a truly awesome testimony of a man who beat two followers of Messiah, but later found himself asking “what must I do to be saved?”  Salvation was presented to him and his house hold, immediately, simply, and they were baptized.

If you need water for your soul, if you need to hear the good news simple and uncluttered, if you want your freedom back, I encourage you to listen to this week’s Shabbat Message: The Simplicity of Messiah (Christ).

 

Behold – Now It Shall

 

 

When I started working on this graphic, my focus was on the word BEHOLD, but when I typed the word “Now” I noticed something I never have before.  Now implies that there is a time for everything.  It wasn’t time for a change prior to this point but NOW-NOW is the that time YAHUAH is going to do something and guess what?  It’s not hiding, we don’t have to search for it, we just have to open our eyes and see it!!!

Who Was She? Miykal – Courageous, Wise and Witty

Most of my life I have only heard people focus on one aspect of Miykal (Michal) one of King David’s wives but recently as I was reading about King David with our children, I found several attributes of her that are awesome.  The story is found in 1 Shemu’el (Samuel) 19:8-17.

The last time that Sha’ul threw his javelin at David, Sha’ul sent messengers to watch David at his house and to kill him in the morning.  When Miykal learned of her father’s plan, she encouraged David to save his own life immediately.  She helped him by letting him down through a window and then she made it look like David was in the bed sick.  Even when her father asked her why she did what she did-she changed the story to seem like David was trying to save her by leaving.  Miykal knew of her father’s jealously and his wrath no doubt, but still she chose to help David.  She could have gotten killed herself by her own father, yet she risked her life to help him.

How many of us wives, will choose to risk ourselves in order to help our husband?

How many are able to give wise council to help our husbands?

How many can help in whatever ways our husband needs?

There is a scripture I read long ago, that says:

Miykal did not hesitate to be courageous and comfort (help) David.  Rather Miykal choose to be courageous in spite of the danger she faced.  She was courageous.

She was witty and quick thinking.  There was no time to think and make an plan-action!  Action needed to be taken immediately and she did it.

She used wisdom.  Even when dealing with her father, she doesn’t appear to have went into a disrespectful rant.  While we don’t know the complete conversation between David and Miykal prior to him leaving, she made it seem like David had chosen to save her life by leaving, when she answered his question.  Every father would want his daughter to be protected and not be put in a position of being hurt so this reason seemed somewhat okay to Sha’ul.

How can we support our husbands better?

One of the best ways is through prayer.  We can pray for our husbands.  We can stand against the attacks of the enemy and war in prayer on behalf our husbands.

Another way is by making healthy choices.  If there are health issues, we can choose to find ways to be a helper rather than a hindrance.  For example we can choose to fix foods that bring health to our husbands rather than increase sickness upon them.

We can support them in their efforts of work.  We can support them by speaking carefully instead of carelessly.  We can support them by giving ourselves in intimacy.  We can support them by just being a listening ear, instead of a critical one.

Long before I was married I read a book and it said that when most people are listening to another person talk, they are formulating answers or thinking about other things, and they usually miss what the other person is trying to communicate.  Since then, in most cases, I try to turn my “thinker” off and truly turn a listening ear to the speaker.  In most conversations with my husband, I am not formulating what I am going to say.  I am just listening.  Not judging him.  Just listening.

Everyday we can make choices that are courageous, witty and wise.

 

Shabbat Message: Ready To Obey

10 were outcast.

10 were unclean.

10 were separated from others.

10 men had leprosy.

Today we still have leprosy; but it is spiritual.  Some of the spiritual leprosy might be:

  1. Disobedience
  2. Fear
  3. Procrastination
  4. Unforgiveness
  5. Hatefulness
  6. Judgemental-ism
  7. Anger
  8. Jealousy
  9. Unloving
  10. Self-Righteousness

These may be the things that are separating us from others and from YAHUAH Moving In Our Lives.  Yet, like the 10 leper’s we must recognize Our Own Uncleanness, then Cry Out For Help and be Ready To OBEY.

“For it is through our obedience to His Word, that we can get the victories in our life.”

If you would like to have victory in your life again, I encourage you to make time to hear this week’s Shabbat Message Ready To Obey.

Who Was She? Avigail

Recently in our morning devotion, we read about Avigail (Abigail), the former wife of Naval and one of King David’s wives.  Avigail’s story is found in 1 Samuel 23. There are two aspects of her story that have been on my mind daily.

The first is that she was known to be a woman of good understanding.  People knew that if they came to her with a problem she would understand.  They knew that she wasn’t foolish and could be trusted.

The second is that she wasn’t selfish.  When the servant came and told her that David was going to kill everything due to her husbands foolishness, she didn’t hesitate to take action.  Immediately she instructed her servants to take from what they had and sent it David.  She had on had what was needed to help.  She didn’t have to wait or plan for it and she definitely wasn’t selfish.

So while meditating about these two aspects of Avigail, I think about myself. What am I known for?  Am I known for the laws I can repeat or for the good common sense that is evident to all?  Am I known for outward beauty (that this world glorifies) or for a heart that fears YAHUAH and worships him?    Am I willing to listen to the plea of others when they are in distress or am I too self-centered to see others?  Am I too wrapped up in my own house that I can’t help others?

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be known according to the worlds standards.  I want a heart that follows passionately after YAHUAH and fears Him.  I want my ears to be open to hear and recognize when YAHUAH is leading me to help others.  I want to have some extras not for my own needs but for others.  I don’t want my hands to be tightly closed unable to extend Grace and Mercy to others.

For me this means letting go in some areas.  Letting go is not easy though.  It is necessary if I want to follow YAHUAH’s will.  Over the last few months I have been lead to make many changes in many different areas of our life.  At the time I thought the changes were small but now I believe that YAHUAH was slowly preparing me for what He is moving us into doing soon.

I highly encourage you to listen to today’s Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy and allow YAHUAH to speak to you today.

There are still more lessons from Avigail coming soon!

 

Who Was She? Sarah: Prayer, Trust and Fear Part 2

I am finally ready to finish Sarah.  It has taken me awhile because for nearly a year, I have carefully thought and lived some parts in my own way.  It has been a great challenge to say the least.

Before I tell you about another prayer of Sarah, I want to give some background story with Avram (later Avraham).  Avram was no stranger to dealing with the wicked one.  When he was about 14 years old, he went among the people noticed that they were having a problem.  The problem was that satan, caused some ravens to come and eat the seeds that the people tried to sow when they were planting them.  Avram saw the birds coming and 70 times he commanded them to go away and they did.  Then Avram showed the people how to sow and cover the seed up.  Yovheliym (Jubliees) 11.

Later on when Avram is observing the stars (Yovheliym 12) and talking to YAHUAH, he prayed, ”My Elohim, El Elyon you alone are my Elohim, and you and your dominion have I chosen.  And you have created all things, and all things that are the work of Your hands.  Deliver me from the hands of evil ruachot who have dominion over the thoughts of men’s hearts, and let them not lead me astray from you, My Elohim.  And establish me and my seed forever that we go not astray from henceforth and forevermore.” (Yovheliym 12:19-20) So he knew that wicked ruachot (wicked spirits) can have control over a man’s thoughts and he asked YAHUAH to not allow him to be lead astray by them.

Years, later Avram-now Avraham, came face to face with his enemy, but YAHUAH knew all the time what Avraham would do.  In Yovehilym 17 and Yashar 22:46-55, satan came before YAHUAH and just like Iyov (Job), thought that he could challenge the faithfulness of Avraham so he insinuates that Avraham won’t serve YAHAUH if YAHUAH were to tell him (Avraham) to sacrifice his son.  YAHUAH knew Avraham’s heart because he had been tested 10 times and found to be faithful each and every time.  Now you know most of the rest of the story, YAHUAH told Avraham to go and sacrifice Yitschaq.  Of course Avraham is obedient and tells Sarah he needed to take Yitschaq to go and learn about worship from Shem and Eber.  We will come back to Sarah in a minute.

While on the road to the place that YAHUAH would show him (Yovehilym 23), satan appeared to Avraham in the form of “a very aged man, humble and of contrite ruach” and began to question what he was doing.  Avraham recognized him and knew that satan was trying to stop him from being obedient to YAHUAH.  So he rebuked him.  Satan, not easily discouraged, appears to Yitshcaq in the “figure of young man comely and well favored.”  Now he tries to get Yitschaq to doubt his father-even calling Avraham “a silly old man.” Yitschaq immediately tells Avraham and he again rebukes satan.

Finally now back to Sarah.

Avraham did not tell Sarah that he was going to sacrifice Yitschaq.  He told her that “My son Yitschaq is grown up and he has not for some time studied the service of his Elohim, now tomorrow I will go and bring to Shem and Eber his son, and there he will learn the ways of YAHUAH, for they will teach  him to know YAHUAH as well as to know that when he prays continually before YAHUAH, he will answer him, therefore there he will know the way of serving YAHUAH ELOHAYU (Yashar 23:5).”

Of course Sarah is supportive, but she asks that Yitschaq not go too far nor be gone too long because her soul is bound within in his.

I know that many people will say that because of this Yitschaq was a “momma’s boy” but between reading about the mom/son relationship between Rivqah/Ya’aqov and Sarah/ Yitschaq, I believe these mothers had a good healthy relationship with their grown sons.

So all that night (Yashar 23:6-19), she showed affection to Yitschaq and talked with him all night-weeping the whole time.  In my opinion, it appears as though she believed he may die and she may not see him again.  This was her greatest fear.  In the morning, she gave him fine garments that she had received from Aviymelek years ago.  She put a turban on his head and enclosed a precious stone in it.  As Avraham, Yitschaq and the servants begin their journey to leave home, Sarah continued to weep.

Some days pass and after satan tried to stop Avraham from sacrificing Yitschaq (Yahsar 23:70-75), he then turned his attention to Sarah.

Next, in Yashar 23: 76-90 satan appears to her in the form “of an old man very humble and meek” speaking to her greatest fear and mixing it with lies.  He tells her that Yitschaq her son is dead because Avraham had sacrificed him and that Avraham didn’t even cry.  For great impact he said these things to her two times and then left her.

She thought perhaps this man was one from among those that went with Avraham who had returned to tell her these things and she beings to wept and cry out bitterly, throwing herself on the ground, casting dust upon her head.  But let’s read her words carefully, particularly her words to YAHUAH:

 

 

Speechless.

That’s how I feel every time I read her words.  She’d waited so long-nearly her entire life to have one son and now he is gone (at least she thought so)?  But even in great sorrow she believed that if this happened that YAHUAH was in control of it all.  She didn’t say that this was unfair and how horrible of a Father YAHUAH was for allowing this to happen…she said “You are just.”  She had some serious faith to be able rejoice in great and immense sorrow, saying that her heart rejoices through her tears.

To honest, I don’t know if I could do that.  I don’t know if I could say those words and see that YAHUAH’s will is greater than my heart’s greatest hurt.

So eventually, she gets up and begins to make inquires, sending servants here and there, but Avraham was one where to be found.  But who do you think comes back again-satan.

This time he says that he spoke falsely saying that “Avraham did not kill his son and he is not dead (Yashar 23:86).”

So exceedingly excited violent was her joy, that her soul went out from her and she died.

Satan spoke to her deepest fear and stirred it (her fear) up against YAHUAH and against Avraham (saying that he didn’t even cry).  What she could have done first, was say that Avraham would never sacrifice Yitschaq without a care.  Then she could have prayed that YAHUAH would help her find them and then went looking for them.  But that was not what happened.

Satan is still stirring up fears today.  He gets us all worked up and them removes himself as we explode in fear, strive, arguments, toil, worry.  Often we don’t recognize him because he comes in forms that are non-threatening.  Chuah was threatened by the serpent-she had no reason to question his words at the time. Here Sarah was not threatened nor alarmed by “this old man.”  In fact, he looked familiar as if he were one of the people who went with Avraham.

So satan comes up to us in ways we don’t recognize but we have to ask YAHUAH to give us discernment-so that we can see the “wiles of the devil.”  We have to ask YAHUAH like Avraham to guard our thoughts from the control of evil spirits.  We must use logic and know the facts – like Avraham loved his son, he would not sacrifice him without a care.  In fact, when reading Yashar 23, you will see he struggled a great bit and was in great anguish.  We have to know facts about the person or situation, before getting upset.  If we don’t know we have to find out.

I kept the above in my mind a few months ago, when I found a lump on my left side.  I have many of the markers for breast cancer (family history and tubal ligation) so I am always being diligent to watch for any issues.  So for few weeks while waiting for my diagnostic mammogram, I had moments of great fear.  But my husband and I prayed, and I tried to say that if this is YAHUAH’s will then His purpose will be done.  Thankfully nothing was found though the mass is still there.

Whether it is fear, a disagreement, a disappointment, a concern or worry, we have to seek YAHUAH first, know Him through His Word and trust that He is in control no matter what. We must also stay on guard, because just when we think we are aware of the wicked ones tactics, he changes them and we can be left to figure out what has happened in our lives.

Alright, I don’t know who or when the next woman will be, YAHUAH willing won’t be too long.

15 Years, 15 Encouragements: #2 Forget the Past & #3 See Change

We’d watched this movie before, but this time when we watched it, I felt like I had a bunch of fingers pointed at me.

Specifically one scene, is one that YAHUAH used to bring about change in my heart.  The movie was WarRoom and  the scene I am referring to is when the old wise woman, Mrs. Clara came back in the room and asked  Elizabeth “Did you finish your list?”

Elizabeth responds by saying that she had a lot more to say and how her husband had offended her so many times and she goes on and on!

Mrs. Clara then asked her how much she prayed for her husband.

Elizabeth admitted she really didn’t pray for him.

Earlier that week same week that we watched WarRoom, we’d had a spat again.  And once again, I ran upstairs, slammed the door and grabbed my journal and started writing.  After a few minutes of writing out my “prayer” I went back and read old entries.

They were nearly the same.

I had been writing the same sad words for years.  Why?  Oh sometimes the entries looked like prayers but really it was me having my own pity party complaining to YAHUAH.  Woe, is me…Why me..When will he…the same thing over and over.

So that night, I thought, if I am writing the same things, maybe I need to do something different.

Right at the end of that scene in War Room, YAHUAH directed me to get rid of all my journals.   He said that by writing my complaints in my journals, I was harboring unforgiveness towards my husband.

That hurt.

I thought I had forgiven him, but not really. Not from my heart.

See if I really had forgiven him, I wouldn’t be holding his past mistakes as ammunition for our next disagreement.  I wouldn’t be keeping a tally mark for what “I” saw as wrong.  So I shared what YAHUAH had said with my husband and I threw away my journals.  Now when I pray in my journals, I am not writing a list of complaints, nor “woe is me” entries but rather lifting him up and changing my anger in to prayers.

Which leads me to share #3 – See Change

YAHUAH also opened my eyes to see how much my husband had truly changed.  He really is not the same man I married nearly 15 years ago – and I am H-A-P-P-Y about that!  Praise YAHUAH.  YAHUAH began to show me his awesome qualities and things that I truly needed to be thankful for.  For example, he is not out running the streets with his “boys” he loves being at home – he is a “home hubby.”  He loves YAHUAH and worships Him.  He reads the scriptures to us.  He prays with and for us. He is crazy about me and an awesome father.  He is good with our finances – I don’t worry whether or not stuff is getting paid – I know he takes good care of us.  He is funny and is a good bowler.  He is self-sacrificing.

In the last year, I have come to love him more than ever.  I no longer magnify nor focus on his faults.  Instead I pray for him and try to honor him more.  I have also read many encouraging blogs and articles that have helped me to see things differently (I will share books and blogs in another post.)

So today, fellow wives, truly and continually forgive your husband and see how much YAHUAH has changed him and you.

Shabbat Message: Stop Being Afraid To Grow

Sometimes in our walk of faith, we are going along just fine and then the trials in life, other people or fear cause us to stop growing.  We take our eyes off of the Messiah and focus on the distractions.  Fear begins to sink us and cause us doubt. Fear paralyzes us from moving forward and hinders growth.

But…

In the midst of every storm, every trial or problem – The Father YAHUAH and His our Savior YAHUSHA Messiah are there with us.  Sometimes we will have to break through the opinions of other people to get to YAHUSHA, like the woman with the issue of blood did.  We will have to move beyond our fear to live a life of freedom in faith in YAHUSHA.

Sometimes YAHUAH allows situations to happen so that we can get back on track and to grow us again.  These situations maybe so desperate according to our earthly wisdom and hope isn’t even on the radar.  But by one word, one command – Messiah YAHUSHA can return our joy to us. With one word YAHUSHA Messiah can stop the storms of our life.

We may need to step out in faith, pray and seek His face, but with just one touch, we can grow again.

If you’ve been stagnant, if you feel trapped by your situation and you want to grow again, I invite you to listen to this week’s Shabbat Message: Stop Being Afraid to Grow.

15 Years, 15 Encouragements – #1 Turning the Arrow of Anger

It was bad.

It was the worst argument we have had in years.

It was brutal.

It was ugly.

It was loud.

It hurt.

Bad.

When things calmed down, separation was discussed.  For real.

But for some reason, that discussion fizzled out and we kept our distance from each other for a few days.  Then my husband came to me and said that maybe there was some truth in the hurtful words that were said.  He said that maybe we should pray for each other in those “arrows” that we spoke of in the argument.  He said that many of the things that we said, were things that continually come up (usually in arguments) so maybe there is some truth in them.

What?  Pray?

I thought about what he said.  I had prayed for those arrows somewhat.  But not like I needed to.  I’d given up hope and carried anger instead.

So we began that day to pray.  Sometimes with our kids and sometimes just us.

Surprisingly, change happened.  Not necessarily in the physical but spiritual.  YAHUAH began to change my anger into compassion.  This compassion helped me to see that many issues are rooted in something that has happened in the past and having nothing to do with me.  For example, if you have watched the movie “I Can Only Imagine” you know that Bart’s problem had nothing to do with Shannon but with his own issues.  We all have our issues and like weeds, if you don’t pull them up, they will take over any place they can.

Many times now, YAHUAH prompts my heart to back off in disagreements. In many potential times of disagreement, I have been able to see the enemy’s handy work-by recognizing those arrows of words to start churning in my mind when a disagreement is on the horizon. Words like:

“He always…”

“He never…”

“Why doesn’t he…”

“He’ll never change…”

Those thoughts lead to further destructive thoughts like:

“YAHUAH doesn’t care for me…”

I know I am not alone because the enemy’s tactic has been working for marriages from the beginning.  I am sure that Adam and Chuah(Who-Wah) had their share of arguments too.

But now that we see the wiles of the devil, we have done things differently.  Will we always recognize him?  No.  And just when we recognize one way, he comes another way.  So we must always be on guard.

Here are some Arrows of prayer that I frequently pray:

YAHUAH, my husband’s heart is in Your hands do as You see fit…

YAHUAH, regarding __________________ please, ______ (heal/bring deliverance, guard)  his heart in this area.

YAHUAH not my will but Your will be done in my husband’s life.

Praying the word, even singing the word has helped a lot.

So what I am trying to say is that, neither arguments nor words said within arguments – have to turn into the destruction of what YAHUAH has joined.  Those very arrows that the enemy desires us to use, should be turned into arrows of prayer to destroy the enemy of soul.  Lastly, I read somewhere recently, that the arrows used in battle long ago, were used as a distraction in warfare.  That being said, arrows of anger are just a distraction for us to lose our focus on what really is important-a marriage that brings Glory to the Father YAHUAH and His son YAHUSHA Messiah our Adonai and Savior.

 

YAHUAH Who Sees Me

For a long time, I had felt I was in a valley.  Life was not terribly horrible, but emotionally I felt in a valley.  I felt alone.

Then a few Sabbaths ago, I knew I had to do one thing…

Lift my eyes.

My lifted eyes, met YAHUAH’s eyes of love and grace.

He was there with me.

The valley was necessary for me.  Instead of looking at the high mountains, the rocky cliffs, the deserts and potential things waiting to destroy me, I had to look up.

By looking up, I was taking my eyes off the situations, circumstances and potential storms, and seeing our Heavenly Father – YAHUAH – who is above and aware of all – and whose eyes are always on me.

Shabbat Message: Create In Me A Clean Heart

Do you ever feel like you are stuck?  Do you ever feel as if there is something holding you back?  Maybe there is.

Maybe there is something in your past that needs to be dwelt with.

One day it might show up, then what do you do?

Do you deny it? Push it under the rug? Pretend it doesn’t exist? Run away? Or…

Humble yourself, acknowledge the issue/problem, allowing the Pain to EXPOSE your heart so that YAHUAH can Heal and Create a New Heart in You.  That’s what YAHUAH wants anyway…Our Hearts.  Not our Self-Righteousness-but a heart that is BROKEN before Him.

This weeks Shabbat Message is encouragement for all because we all need to be continually asking YAHUAH to Create In Me A Clean Heart

No More Devouring!

Recently we have witnessed, the ending of three families on our street.  Many of the people in our subdivision, are people in their late thirties to early fifties.  They are families raising children of various ages-a few children, have just begun their college journey.

While we don’t make it our business to know what is going on in the homes of other people, when a spouse seems to be missing, houses are suddenly for sale or a different woman or man is coming around, one can’t help but notice that things have changed.

As we have noticed these changes we have been grieved.  Grieved for the children that are now living between two homes.  Grieved because a partnership and possibly a friendship has ended.  Grieved because what was meant “to be for the rest of my life” is now torn asunder.

Over the last few months, we have faced our share of marriage challenges.  Sometimes the challenges were intense enough to have a thought of getting a divorce (destroying our own family).  Sometimes there have been just minor misunderstandings.  Sometimes it seems as though there are days that we cannot make it through without being upset with each other about something.

Marriage is work.  Marriage is hard.  The enemy hates marriage.  As I have thought about writing the next part of Sarah’s Life, I have begun to take note that often the enemy comes in with destruction through subtle ways, seemingly harmless thoughts, moments of doubt and/or in ways/people/situations that we don’t have our armor up for.  In Sarah’s life, she did not recognize the enemy speaking to her (Yashar 23:76-86).  He came to her twice in a form that was not threatening.  The form that he took, was viewed by Sarah as an old humble meek man-she did not recognize him so she let his words stir up her worst fear and cause her to panic (I’ll finish her story later).

Many times lately, I haven’t recognized the enemy.  I’ve gotten caught up in the moment of whatever the situation was-not even realizing who was behind it.  In some cases, I have recognized the hand of the enemy and in those times, I have chosen to do things differently.  But this takes continual work and prayer.  We must stay on guard, in every area of our lives.  We must not let our marriages become devoured.

Soon my husband and I will have been married 15 years and so I have been working on writing a post, about some important things I have learned.  But whenever we have an issue, it is the last thing I want to write about.  That is a tactic of the enemy.  Keeping the knowledge to myself, keeps me fruitless but it also stops someone who might be encouraged-from receiving encouragement.

It is time to stop letting the sneaky lion, find ways to devour our homes, marriages, children, faith, belief and hope.  With much prayer and continual forgiveness and love with YAHUAH’s help, our marriages don’t have to become another statistic.

Coming soon…