"Be Encouraged" eVideo 2
but first two Restored Marriage Testimonies
Praise the Lord! My Husband is Home!
The Lord brought my husband home suddenly and without any hint of restoration after a seven-month separation, several adulterous relationships, and many trials and tribulations. He asked to come home during a family vacation we took this Easter.
On Good Friday, at 1 a.m. in the morning, my husband called crying and told me that he missed the children and ME, and that his heart was being drawn back home. He said he loved us and would spend the rest of his life making it up to us! The next day he gave his notice at the apartment and began moving his things back home!
As Erin warned us, only a week later, the intense period of trials began because the enemy (yes, it is a spiritual battle) began to hit us from every side. A heavy enemy attack took place when my husband began to have second thoughts, saying that he had moved home too soon, that he still had a longing for the OW. He actually said, "It is time for the two of us to move on and have the best life that we can have. I am going to try and make a go at it with the OW and if I fall on my face, I fall on my face."
I knew it was not his idea to return back home, but God's. So I stepped back and left God to finish what He began. After all, doesn't your book say How GOD Can and Will Restore? It doesn't say how we can restore it, right?
Instead I focused even more on helping others and never breathed a word of what my husband was saying. Why do that when it was just a pack of lies? And as I didn't try to stop my husband's new plans, I watched the Lord unveil His plans after all. Not a week later He brought my husband back home broken and full of repentance. And no matter what the skeptics say, I believe through faith and due to all the promises of the Lord already fulfilled, that He (not I) will keep him here and growing in his relationship with the Lord! The way I look at it, He is simply adding to my already awesome testimony—Praise God!
Missy in California, RESTORED
God Mends the Brokenhearted!!
My marriage has been restored now for a year and four months. Please forgive me for not writing sooner. And that's not all, we now have a four-month-old baby girl, to add to our three boys we had before our restoration!! God has surely blessed us far beyond what I could have ever imagined!! I have found that I STILL need to abide by God's principles in your books for a healthy marriage because as you said, it is still work to be married when so much wants to destroy marriages. I am just so thankful that I not only renewed my mind through your books, but I began rebuilding my life while my husband was gone by going through your Wise Woman and all the amazing principles—like trusting God with my fertility!!!
Everyday I STILL have to forgive my husband and be forgiven by God whom I go to when I fall short of what He deserves. It is often difficult not to focus on pleasing my husband and keep my focus on the Lord, pleasing Him and keeping Him first in my life.
When the enemy tries to wriggle in our relationship again, I know to use what I have learned and used before my restoration. These principles in your books are not a one-time remedy… they are to be used for the rest of your life!! God's ways are never "not needed anymore" but something to continue to build upon! But as you said, before I was able to rebuild I need to get rid of ALL (not just some) of the lies and myths and things that everyone else believed. Now after being restored I see how holding on to any of these would have caused my downfall and for my marriage to crumble again.
It was hard work doing it God's way, and not giving in to my flesh and the world's way. And when I failed, it was hard to forgive myself enough to ask God to forgive me, and then pick myself back up and start again and again. But God was there with me the whole way and it has been worth all the effort, pain, and heartache. My God is still healing both our hearts, and even though at times when they ache, God said that He faithfully mends the brokenhearted. Amen? There is no doubt in either of our minds that both my husband and I will be completely healed in time. We've healed so much already, but once in while, a little more healing needs to occur and He is faithful to do it.
Sorry this is not very detailed and far too short—there's so much more I could say of how your resources helped point me to God, what I used to point others to Him, and how well you trained me to keep looking to Him for ALL my answers—but my houseful of children needs tending =)
Annie in Georgia, RESTORED with a Restoration Baby Girl
Don't perish for a lack of knowledge. If you skim over the instructions, without reading them carefully (this goes for all our lessons), then you will find yourself lost, frustrated and falling into the same pattern that led to your marriage crumbling. Seek God to show you what is wrong. Do NOT contact us. This is an opportunity to allow the Lord to guide you and to prove to Him you will be seeking Him and no one else.
Please note: Video 6 part 2 is the last video in this video series.