The day I got married, one of my closest friends looked me in the eye and said "God has many wild and wonderful things ahead for you and Jeremy."

Being called mom by 7 kids is definitely wild. Each day I look for the wonder in it all...and give thanks.

Partnering with my husband in life, parenting, work and serving is definitely wonderful. He is my favorite.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dear Church,

I love you.  But I must write this letter because I am deeply grieved.  We have failed.  We come together each week and in our midst are families that are
Wives are sitting next to husbands who have become their enemy and they cannot cry out because they have to go home with him.

And what will people think?
And what good does it do anyway?

Families are dissolving in our midst and we do nothing. 
Maybe we don't know them. 
Maybe we're scared,
we don't know what to say. 

But as we say nothing and do nothing,
couples collapse,
families dissolve.

Those that have courage to ask for help, for prayer, become numb by our silence.  They think maybe God's silence, our silence, is permission to quit.  Their marriage, their hopes, must be too difficult for God.  Their dreams for a thriving, godly union must be impossible.

But GOD says

Behold, I am the LORD,
the GOD of all flesh;
is anything too difficult for Me?
Jeremiah 32:27

Jesus says

With people it is impossible,
but not with God;
for all things are possible with God.
Mark 10:27

Dear Church,
dear brothers,
dear sisters,

IF you are at the end of your rope, you have tried everything, done everything, please know that I am crying out to God on your behalf.  Like Aaron and Hur who held up Moses' arms during the battle between Joshua and Amalek, and as his arms were held up, the Isrealites prevailed.  So it is as we hold you up, the Enemy will be defeated. (Exodus 17: 8-16)

You are not alone. 

We will no longer be silent.  Church, we MUST come beside our hurting brothers and sisters NOW.  Lives are at stake.  The Enemy is prevailing because we are not holding them up.

Brother, sister, I am praying that the arm, the mighty arm of God that stretched out the Heavens,
will hold your marriage together.  

And Church, I am praying that we become more like Jesus.  That we weep with those who weep, bring healing and hope, bear one another's burdens, and point one another to obedience to Christ.

Church, we don't need initials at the end of our name to be qualified to come along side these hurting families.  We don't pretend to have solutions, a step by step process guaranteed to work, interventions. 

BUT we have GOD!



His Word is our Counselor!

God says

I will counsel you with My eye upon you
Psalm 32:8b
God is not silent
and we must no longer sit in silence
as marriages and families
in our midst

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