Surviving a Season of Loss

March 23, 2015 Ministry  25 comments

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Today I’m writing a very personal post. I’ve held this close to my heart for a long time and today I share it in hopes that it will encourage you to know that – 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 (KJV) “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The spring of 1993 was beautiful. The flowers were in bloom and the weather was mild. We were living in a small, placid, and peaceful town in Indiana. My beautiful daughter was growing up into a smart, loving, creative pre-teen. We were far from wealthy but lived comfortably. I had a job I really enjoyed at the school and the hours were conducive to raising my daughter. The church we attended was a vibrant, alive church and I had many friends.

But a freight train was barreling down the tracks headed straight for us. I never saw the season of loss coming !!!! 

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Garment of Praise

March 20, 2015 Ministry  One comment

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To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3 (KJV)

 

There was a time in my life when getting up out of bed was hard. I just wanted to stay in bed and pull the covers up over my head. I felt fatigued, despite a good night’s sleep. A cloak of unhappiness seemed to cover me and shrouded me from head to toe. My feet felt like they were wearing lead shoes and every step was a struggle. My thoughts were centered on only negativity. Thoughts drifted through my mind – 

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The spirit of heaviness is like a chain binding us, but the spirit of praise breaks the chain and sets the spirit free. We all know something of the spirit of heaviness and how it distresses us. It is those who feel this burden of spirit, yet trust in the Lord, that are promised deliverance from it by putting on the garment of praise. In this suggestion from the Lord of an antidote for the spirit of heaviness, he reveals the power of praise.

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6 Ways to Ruin Your Marriage for Good !!!

March 12, 2015 Precious Husband  18 comments

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I believe God puts people together but marriage is serious business. My husband, Tom, and I have been married for almost 4 years. Now that doesn’t seem like a very long time but marriages have been ruined in less. Tom was a widower of about 2 years but I had been alone for many, many (16 to be exact) years and was a little (ahhh maybe more than a little !!!!!) set in my ways. I was used to doing things for myself and making all the decisions. This could have spelled disaster but we (oops, I mean me !!!) are working on this.

No one, that I know of, starts out wanting to ruin their marriage. But if the relationship Wedding with caption WBsurvives past the first few years, after the endorphins have subsided, couples will have to work hard and lean on God to sustain a wonderful union of two separate and very different people. Don’t let the small stuff ruin the fulfilling side of being married to the love of your life !!!

Today I want to talk about some serious but subtle marriage killers……………….

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