FAM members were truly blessed by the following testimony, which MNO (member name omitted) posted about two weeks ago, and I greatly appreciate her permission to share it here as well.
MNO and her husband have been separated for about four years and he was living with a NCP (non-covenant person) up until a few months ago. But she greatly struggled through most of those years to experience the joy and peace Jesus died to give all of us, and it was heart breaking to see her ongoing grief. So from my perspective, the above title of her Restored Marriage Testimony just couldn’t be more appropriate as God has truly turned her mourning into dancing, and it’s been a great blessing to witness how mightily He has moved in her heart and life, and now in the restoration of her marriage!
So I hope and pray that the word of MNO’s testimony will greatly bless and encourage everyone standing in faith and obedience on the power and promise of God’s Word for marriage restoration because God is ever so faithful to do exactly what His Word declares (Isaiah 46:10-11 and Isaiah 55:10-11)! And that’s something we all know so well in the FAM Fellowship because last year alone, we were blessed by the Restored Marriage Testimonies of twenty-eight of our members and we’ve already been blessed by six Restored marriage restoration testimonies so far this year! We are also blessed to be growing at an amazing rate, adding an average of fifteen to twenty new members each month, and I regret not having the time I used to for writing Seeds Of Faith posts, which is why it’s such a blessing to be able to share what God is doing in our midst on the public site from time to time. So be blessed and encouraged and GET READY…GOD IS MOVING!!!
It has been about six months since my last post, and my, how God has changed things in that time!
First, I want to say that my praise is to God alone! He does answer prayer, so believe that and believe Him with all your heart. Believe that as you surrender it all to the Lord Jesus Christ, He hears and answers. And don’t give up; keep trusting that the Lord is totally capable of doing ALL that needs doing in our situations, which includes working on us.
Last Christmas, I shared how God had really worked in my heart and head. He had turned my mourning into dancing and I was and still am so incredibly grateful for His healing touch in my life. But about a month or so after that post, I realized that I still had a twinge of anger and unforgiveness in my heart for my husband. And I didn’t want it there, so I told God I didn’t want that in my heart anymore and asked Him to take it away. After all, I’d been dealing with it for almost four years! Well, He removed it, and I could write a lot more about what God did before He started changing my circumstances. We are, after all, such multi-faceted people. But let it suffice to say that when we work with Him, stay close to Him, honor and glorify Him, we won’t be disappointed!
As I also mentioned in a previous post, I used a journal to write everything down; praises, prayers, thanksgiving and everything. And God really used that to work in my heart about a lot of things. So I can tell you today that God is working in your circumstances; even when you don’t see it. He certainly did in mine!
My husband and I see each other often now and have contact in many different forms every day. And he has shared his desire to work on us and be something again. Woohoo!!! And we all know what that something is! God is moving us toward a completely restored marriage each day, and I believe one reason He answered my prayers, in the natural, is because He knew I was ready.
Our spouses are often not right with God when circumstances start changing, so we have to be ready for that! When our prodigal spouses return to our lives, they return with so much “stuff” and we have to be able to stand firm in the Lord when that happens. I’m also better able to “see” what God wants me to pray for now and can therefore be more specific in my prayers. I still surrender it all to God every day because I know only He can fix anything! Not by my might, not by my power, but by His Spirit, God will level the mountains and make the paths straight. And as I see God working every day, I’m reminded of Chris Tomlin’s song, Our God, which says “If our God is for us (he is), who can ever stop us, if our God is for us, who can stand against us”. Nothing. So in faith, I claim my husband restored to God and returned to our marriage and family! Throughout my journey, God gave me compounded faith, much like compounded interest. One way our faith grows is through our words, and since I want to let God know that I believe Him and His Word; Linda, please move us to the Restored Marriage list!
I also want to give special thanks to Diane in Canada and Amy in North Carolina because your posts about God working on us, waiting, praying, and standing when God is moving are invaluable and I refer back to them on a regular basis.
So hang on. Don’t give up. My circumstances were so hopeless, and I was a mess. But today, I am no longer hopeless or a mess, but a daughter of the High King. Wait, trust, hope in the Lord, and He will work it all out for His glory, honor, fame and praise. Be encouraged, dear brothers and sisters in Christ.