1 Corinthians 3:21-23
I don’t want to hear any of you bragging about yourself or anyone else. Everything is already yours as a gift—Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life, death, the present, the future—all of it is yours, and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God.
When John and I decide to follow after God and get married, God provided all of it! He found rings for us and a photographer. We did the flowers and the cake on our own. Within a few months we got married and began our journey as husband and wife. We once were two and now we are one in Christ. Neither of us can boast about our ministries. We know that we cannot do anything apart from Christ and that is one constant in our life.
John has a unique ministry and so do I, yet as a married couple we minister together. John ministers differently than I do but our ministries fit together like a hand and a glove. Even though we have different calls on our lives, we mesh as one. We have learned our strengths and weaknesses as a married couple and have sought God for the answers to any confusion.
It seems as if God sends people into our lives at just the right times to keep us moving forward as one unit. God knows the plans He has for both of us. He knew this before we were born. John and I were talking the other day and we wondered if perhaps we knew each other in heaven when we were just spirits. We have been best friends since the beginning, almost as if we already knew each other.
Love can never really be measured, but we know this for sure. Love is deep when it is true. You will need a deep vessel in which it carry it because you do not want to lose any of it. If your love is shallow, it will not grow. Roots need room to grow. Roots need some place deep to reside in so as not to be easily uprooted by day to day things. Choose to grow your love deep into the love of God. Choose to let God be in charge of your marriage or relationship. Begin to see your lives as seeds desiring to be massive fruit bearing plants for Jesus.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
So it’s no coincidence that God brings us back to the exact word He spoke into our lives at just the right moment in time. I have been sitting here discouraged and feeling like nothing is happening in my life and suddenly like a mighty rushing wind, God shows up out of nowhere to remind me He is still there. Yes, a million and one good things have come to pass in the last few months and I know somewhere in this brain of mine that things have changed, yet I feel like I am not making a difference. Leave it to God to call us out and point us in the right direction again.
After months of being refined in the fire, I finally woke up this morning different. I cannot exactly explain how or why, just renewed. I feel alive again in the things of God and I am ready for what He has next. My husband and I were told that we would have a powerful ministry and God said our love would be like no other love between a married couple. Well, these things seem to be true yet I still felt like we were just not making an impact for God’s people.
Last night we attended a revival service to support a friend and we were called out as husband and wife and God renewed EVERYTHING He had already spoken over our lives and took us to that next level. He said we were destined to be holding marriage seminars and that our love would be super strong. As I stood next to my husband on that altar in tears I was just overwhelmed by the love that was being poured out upon us. Never before have I felt so close to God. In that moment I finally felt like I actually mattered to God and that He would be using us mightily for His purposes.
So here we are today, a new day, a new beginning. Here I stand in this moment, waiting on God, knowing I am in His plans and that He has great things in store for my husband and I. We have come to this great revelation that what God has put together no man can separate. We also are ready for what the next step is without any fear for we are covered in the Blood of Jesus and the devil has no business messing with our lives.
Are you in a slump? Do you need a refreshing wind to sweep over you? I encourage you to seek His face. Lie down in a quiet place and let Him wash you again in the blood, cleansing you from head to toe. I guarantee that when you arise you will not be the same.