Dustin shared with me once of a story he heard from a teacher from IHOPU about a shepherd with his sheep in New Zealand. One rainy day, him and his friend went out to watch a shepherd work. That day one sheep had walked off on its own and its coat became heavy from soaking up the rain water. Unable to withstand the weight by itself, the sheep fell onto its side, not able to stand back up. The shepherd then went after his sheep and started rubbing the legs of the sheep in effort to warm them up. After the shepherd rubbed and warmed up the legs of the sheep, he held it up so it can stand, but immediately the sheep fell over again. The shepherd then tried again and again and again, until the sheep eventually was able to stand by itself. On the way back, him and his friend who wept while they watched the shepherd, continued to weep in the car, touched by the revelation of how the Lord interacts with us, His beloved sheep.
Being in a new country, where everyday it seems as if I’m constantly surrounded by strange and new things has been uncomfortable. Though I speak the language, I’m not familiar with the unwritten social and cultural rules. Throughout the process of navigating through all the new, I’ve grown increasingly frustrated and disappointed with myself. Continue reading
I’ve started a single women’s prayer group called Esther Club focused on preparing hearts for marriage. Though most of the ladies in the group joined the small group with a desire for their earthly marriage (which isn’t a bad thing at all), my desire is to partner with the Lord to set their eyes upon and prepare them for their eternal marriage to Christ in addition to their earthly marriage.
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I remember when I first joined Becky’s women’s group which we fondly called WOTTs (Women of Titus Two: after Elisabeth Elliott’s call for older women to shepherd and mother younger women), I was jaded, anxious and bitter. Though perhaps I didn’t appear that way on the outside, but that was truly where I was at on the inside. I lacked peace and didn’t trust God’s goodness too much.
Then through the weeks that turned into months and the months that turned into two plus years, the continual realignment with the truth of God, being called again and again out of my double mindedness (James 1:1-8) back to truth transformed me. Becky’s wisdom and anointing as a spiritual mother to us little chicks, the testimonies of other ladies in our small group firmly established me more and more on the Rock that is higher than I, the Rock that can’t be shaken.
Praying for your marriage and husband is both powerful and essential. Coming into agreement with God’s desire to bless one’s marriage through prayer aligns your heart with the truth that He is for us not against us. The act of prayer is powerful warfare against the accusations and schemes of the enemy who tries to steal, kill and destroy…his efforts of trying to deceive us into believing we are utterly alone.
I found a wonderful prayer for marriage/husband on the Unveiled Wife website and tweaked it a little to tailor it to what I would like to pray over my own marriage and over Dustin. I encourage you to pray this over your own marriage. God loves to bless marriages and help us grow in loving our husband as He loves them. To download the PDF version, just click here!
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Thank you for your unconditional and faithful love for me. I am so undeserving, yet You pursue me daily! Thank you for your grace and for your perfect provision which You pour upon my life everyday. My life is a testimony of Your goodness, kindness and mercy. I am so blessed and grateful for my life and for my husband’s life. Thank You for trusting us with each other’s hearts, blessing us with the covenant of marriage. You have given us an opportunity to love each other unconditionally and sometimes that is hard to do, but I ask Lord that you would help us to love like You love. I admit that I can’t do it myself, but in You there is more than enough love and strength. You are our source of life, joy, peace and love. Continue reading
Found a great article last night from the Desiring God site with some great pointers on how to live purposefully as a single and how to prepare oneself for a successful marriage. Enjoy!
Always been so blessed by Bob’s books and his messages. Hope this short video brings more of the light of God to you.
Before I left for Taiwan, I did a little research on the basics of what I need to live in Taiwan. Having lived in America for so long and not really experienced all the seasons in Taiwan for so long, I wanted to be prepared. Now after living here for a good four months, the above items are mostly what I bring along with me or use most often. These items are definitely a most for living in this tropical island that gets hit with so many typhoons. Even now as I write this post, we’re in the midst of a typhoon.
Christ bore the Cross, suffered and died in order to tear the veil, close the gap between the Father and us: His beloved Bride, God’s beloved sons and daughters. We have been adopted, grafted back into our family, our true family, the only perfect family with parents that love us with perfect unfailing unconditional love. Back to our compassionate, patient, just and true Brother.
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Hollywood and the Enemy tells us the answer is in man. So we seek after man to be our best friend, our spouse, our Father. Most of us are looking for the right man, the perfect friend, the best mentor, the person who can FINALLY take the place of that broken friendship or parent that let us down so badly or was never there.When we give man the right to sit upon the throne of our hearts, we give ourselves to disappointment, pain, torment and confusion. It is only when Christ sits upon the throne of our heart, that everything else in our lives fall into the right place. This is the only place everything else other than God should fall into our lives: Christ as the source, the center, our all and everything else secondary. Continue reading
How’s married life going? I’ve been asked this questions multiple times since getting married. My response? “Awesome!”
I remember this one particular time when my friend asked me this question and I gave her my usual, “it’s awesome!” response to which she replied, “that’s SO refreshing to hear!”
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I grew up surrounded by hearing complaints about marriage, how bad it’s going, the many ways of how men mistreat women and it freaked me out. Marriage sounded like a tortuous dungeon that I did not want to venture into. Yet, I wasn’t able to arrest my heart from desiring it.
In order to prevent the same pains from venturing into my own life and heart, I listened attentively whenever someone was sharing about marriage and relationships. I picked up many books on marriage from the infamous “how to kiss dating goodbye” to the classic, “passion and purity.” Yet my heart was still filled with questions, wonderings and fears regarding marriage.
It’s not what I thought it would be, it’s much better. Being married (finally) I was so happily surprised by how marriage is so fun and such a joy!
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At first I was worried that I wouldn’t have my own space or time to be by myself amongst other things, but all the fears I had, all the false assumptions I had of what marriage is, got blown right out of the waters.
Being able to hang out with your best friend all the time, embrace and enjoy each other’s company……….laugh together and have fun together…..it’s changed me as a person. I felt that the Lord, through our marriage, took me even deeper into His love for me and His delight over me. My feet became more firmly planted upon His truth…my heart grew in belief more and more, that God IS good!
One of the greatest blessings of marriage? Is witnessing God’s faithfulness and love. When I see that Dustin doesn’t reject me or give up on me when faced with my brokenness and weaknesses day in and day out, my eyes and heart are opened a bit more to receive freely Christ’s love for me. Let God love me as I really am.
This is what the Lord desires to give you! And it is His delight to give you good gifts! Rejoice in this truth.
Though not all marriages look the same (and I am in no way saying that everyone’s marriage needs to look like ours), though not all of our times are easy (and yes we do get into arguments from time to time)….but the truth even in the midst of turmoil whether you’re single, dating or married, is that God is there and there is hope! Who knows how He is going to transform all of our ashes into beauty, our mourning into joy. He does make all things beautiful in His time! That is the truth!
I pray that the little snippets from our marriage, gives you the light of God’s hope. He reigns over your life!
One Thousand Gifts:a dare to live fully right where you are/一千次感謝：勇敢面對我現在的人生
by: Ann Voskamp 作者:安.福斯坎
by: John & Stacy Eldridge 作者：艾傑奇夫婦
瞭解 神創造了女人的意義和怎麼真實的活出 神創造的妳
Restoring the Christian Family 基督化家庭的恢復（上）和 (下)
by:John & Paula Sanford 作者：桑得福夫婦
Passion & Purity 郵遞真愛
by: Elisabeth Elliot 作者：伊莉莎白˙艾略特
Experiencing the Father’s Embrace 經歷天父的擁抱
by: Jack Frost 作者：傑克．福斯特
The Mystery of Marriage 比翼雙飛
by: Mike Mason 作者 : 梅麥克
Jesus Calling 耶穌的叮嚀
by: Sarah Young 作者： 莎拉．揚恩