"...all because 4 people made the choice to fall back in love." Comment from a woman after the Intentionally & Wonderfully Made Women's Event.
This past weekend, we held our first ever Intentionally & Wonderfully Made women's event at The Bridge in tiny Princeton, NC. Knowing the first weekend of the new year is a tough weekend to hold an event, but feeling the need to reach women, in our little planning and prayer group, we prayed for 245 women to show up. God showed up and showed off, bringing 1,000 women and countless volunteers on Saturday to hear Amy Lambert, Beverly Weeks and me share God's Word and works through our stories.
Highlight of the day? Women surrendered their lives and marriages to JESUS CHRIST!! YES!
Following the event, we're reading through the evaluations, watching comments on facebook, rejoicing in what God has done and is doing. One comment in particular struck me this morning, resonating in my heart and head. I shared our story briefly from the stage, and Beverly shared her story...which is essentially the story of how Scott & Sherry and Rick & Beverly met (aka, the day the devil regrets messing with the four of us and our marriages).
"...all because 4 people made the choice to fall back in love."
The weight of that comment spoke such legacy to me. Through our "testimony gathering time", God impressed upon me the significance and value of my marriage to our family legacy. I didn't want to hand our son a legacy of divorce. I wanted him to have and pass to his children, and to theirs the legacy of marriage 'til death do us part. Scott and I are grateful for God's redemption in our lives and marriage, giving us a legacy of redemption and marriage to pass on in our family.
One comment amidst 1,000 opened my eyes to another legacy. It started with my decision to love Scott NO MATTER WHAT, to trust God and His promises more than what I could see with my natural eyes. As I walked out (imperfectly, at best) my growing Christlike character, Scott came to the end of himself and turned to Jesus Christ. Scott then chose to love me, despite his love for the other woman and his fears that I hadn't changed; his faith won over fear. We moved to NC where we met Rick and Beverly, God pierced her heart with the encouragement we shared, and she responded by turning back to Rick. They chose to believe God could do all the things He says He'll do in His Word...and in the midst of their marriage, He has done exceedingly more than they ever prayed or dreamed He would do.
Several women spoke to Bev and me as they were leaving, sharing that when they arrived at the event, they had decided to divorce their husbands in 2013...but God. Through the words they heard that morning, they were convinced that their marriage mattered, and they were headed home to do whatever it took to walk out the covenant they'd taken.
What You Believe Matters: "The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her wise! so she at some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too." Genesis 3:6
The enemy spoke sweet words to Eve, and she believed his lies over the truth from her purely good God. Check the source- what are you believing about your marriage?
How You Respond Matters: "Why are you so angry?" the Lord asked him. "Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you respond in the right way. But if you refuse to respond correctly, then watch out! Sin is waiting to attach and destroy you, and you must subdue it." Genesis 4:6-7
Cain's efforts were tainted by his proud, unbelieving heart (Hebrews 11:4). God rebuked him, cautioning Cain that responding in anger will lead to sin. How are you responding to your spouse?
What you believe matters. How you respond matters.
Do you know how important your life and marriage are to your legacy and to those around you? Are you willing to choose to love your spouse today, because you believe God and His promises despite what you see?
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