Victorious!

Gideon and his three hundred soldiers accomplished an impossible victory! It was a battle fought in the physical realm against flesh and blood, fought with unconventional weapons that supernaturally caused panic and destruction to the enemy army, and brought much glory and praise to the God of the Israelites!

All throughout the Bible we see God is a God of Victory!

When Lucifer, God’s covering angel, rebelled against God a battle took place in heaven. Good and evil can’t co-exist, and ever since, there has been a battle between good and evil.

It is a battle between God and Satan, truth and lies, life and death.

*When Satan entices us to conform to the ways of the world, to forget God and not listen to Him, God is for us and comes to rescue us!

*When Satan robs from us and brings scarcity into our lives, and causes us to fear, God’s perfect love casts out all our fear and brings abundant life!

*When Satan’s lies cause us to forget who we are as God’s people and bring doubt and unbelief, God reminds us who we are and who He is!

*When Satan’s strategies form strongholds that are passed from one generation to another so that we worship our father’s gods, God empowers us to tear them down and to restore our worship of Him alone!

*When Satan overwhelms us with impossible situations, God comes to remind us that He is the God of the impossible!

When Satan says we are defeated…

God calls us Victorious!

But, if you read to the end of the story…

“They forgot the Lord their God, who had rescued them from all their enemies surrounding them.” Judges 8:34

God’s people needed a Greater Victory over the strategies of the enemy…

God had a plan for a Greater Victory!!!

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Praise God for the Greater Victory that His Son, Jesus, won on the cross! Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for all sin. Jesus’ resurrection form the grave won the victory over sin and death!

“For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

Jesus is Victorious!!!

Satan is a defeated foe!

So what does this mean for us today?

It means that if you are “in Christ” you are Victorious!

“…no weapon turned against you will succeed.” Isaiah 54:17

No matter what battle you are facing, no matter how impossible it looks to you, there is victory for you.

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

The battle of good and evil continues and one way it is seen is in the form of trials and sorrows, but

“…we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

These evil rulers and authorities, these mighty powers are still battling against God’s people. But, unlike Gideon’s enemies, these are unseen in the physical realm. The evidence that they exist is in the words and actions of people. Often we can forget that our battle is in the spirit realm and we treat those who evidence evil in their words and actions as if they are the enemy.

We fight against the wrong enemy.

We fight in the physical realm.

When we fight the wrong enemy there won’t be a victory.

Victory only comes when you fight the real enemy with the weapons God has provided. 

“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

So, what impossible battle are you facing?

A financial scarcity?

A relational falling out?

A health issue?

I’m here to tell you, if you are “in Christ,” you have the Victory!

No matter how much striving you do God doesn’t intend for you to provide for yourself. He doesn’t intend for you to trust in your own ideas, or to lean on your own understanding. He tells you to trust in Him with all your heart, and in all your ways to acknowledge Him. He doesn’t intend for you to look to the ways others are succeeding financially. He says to seek Him and His kingdom first, and then all your needs will be met. In the spirit realm trust and seeking God wield great power. They battle against the strategies of the enemy that are meant to rob from you. They bring ideas and strategies to your mind intended for your good. God has victory for your finances when you put your energy into trusting in God alone and by seeking God first.

That person that seems to be your enemy, isn’t. No matter what the issues are between you, choose to look beyond them and see there is an agenda of the enemy behind their words and their actions. The enemy comes to destroy relationships. There is power in unity and those who love God and are in relationship with each other are a powerful force for the kingdom of God.

“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:19-20

Two or more believers united are a threat to the enemy. That is why he works so hard to divide and conquer marriages, families, ministries. So stop fighting the wrong enemy and turn your energy to praying for the other person. Whatever the issues are between you they are a result of lies of the enemy and the only way to fight against them is through prayer. As you pray for that person you will be amazed how God works both in your heart and in the heart of the other person! God has victory for your relationship if you choose to fight the battle His way!

The physical and the spiritual can’t be separated. We are spirit beings living in a physical body. The Holy Spirit lives within our flesh and blood. Healing is a complex issue, way too complex to write a paragraph about. But, I do believe the enemy forms strategies against us that are meant to rob, kill, and destroy us, both spiritually, and physically. I believe the physical attacks of the enemy meant for our harm are intended by God to get our attention so that we look to Him. God intends that we love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. God loves us too much to leave us with compromise and sins that rob us of His blessings and hinder us from doing His will. The thing about health issues is that when something is wrong we run right to the doctor to take care of us. We don’t consider that perhaps it is a strategy of the enemy meant for our harm. We don’t believe that perhaps there is a sin issue that our Great Physician wants to show us so that we can confess it and be healed.

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

God has victory for us, body, soul, and spirit! While doctors have their place, I encourage you to run first to your Great Physician. You will be amazed when He shows you a sin, you choose to fight in the spirit realm with a prayer of confession, and find you are instantly healed!

Stop fighting in the physical realm, you are fighting the wrong enemy!

Learn to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapons God provides!

Embrace the Victorious Life you have in Christ!

 

 

Power in God’s Weapons

“He (Gideon) divided the 300 men into three groups and gave each man a ram’s horn and a clay jar with a torch in it. Then he said to them, “Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do. As soon as I and those with me blow the rams’ horns, blow your horns, too, all around the entire camp, and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’”It was just after midnight, after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the 100 men with him reached the edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the rams’ horns and broke their clay jars. Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands, and they all shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape. When the 300 Israelites blew their rams’ horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords.” Judges 7:16-22

God’s promises and God’s weapons hold great power!

The enemy camp was suddenly surrounded by praise; the trumpeting of the rams horns.

The sound of clashing clay jars brought chaos, confusion, and panic.

Blazing torches brought distraction and increased the darkness within their camp.

Shouts of “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” instilled fear; for they knew the power of the Israelite’s God!

Gideon’s soldiers used their unconventional weapons…then stood their ground, while the Lord caused the enemy soldiers to fight against each other with their conventional weapons, to destroy one another.

By using God’s unconventional weapons and standing firm on the words and promises of God, we create an opportunity for God to come and fight the battle for us.

God gave Gideon the promise of victory. God told Gideon the weapons to use and the ways in which to use them.

Today we have a Bible filled with promises of God and commands that when applied become weapons of warfare!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” Romans 8:28, 31-32

Jesus has won the battle! He has triumphed over sin and death and has won the victory over the enemy!

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Jesus promised us that though we will have battles to fight, He has already won the victory! All we need to do is take up our weapons, use them as God instructs, stand our position, and see the power of God!

Weapon #1 – Trumpets…Praise

I’ve written much about the power of praise, but I don’t think it can ever be emphasized enough! Not only is it more powerful than anyone can imagine, but it is also the hardest thing to do when facing a battle. I guess that’s why Paul wrote…

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

That six letter word there in the middle of the verse…

ALWAYS

Always means; at all times, on all occasions, every time, without exception.

God wants us to rejoice all the time. It seems there is no time we have an excuse not to rejoice. God’s word isn’t filled with good suggestions, they are truths and when we apply them we will reap a harvest of blessing in our lives.

Praise confuses the strategies of the enemy and causes him to flee!

Weapon #2 – Broken Jars…Brokenness

The broken areas in our lives are intended to be the weapons of revenge against the enemy. When we surrender our brokenness to God, He takes it and redeems and restores it so that we become free, healed, and made whole. When we fight our battles from restored brokenness there is a strength and confidence we would never have otherwise. Those areas in our lives where the enemy won before; where he lied and deceived us, where we were broken and destroyed, gain an incredible strength once they have been covered by God’s amazing grace! Once they have been washed by the blood of Jesus! Our brokenness becomes our strength. It becomes our passion to tell others of God’s power and love so they too are set free!

Restored brokenness is God’s vengeance upon the enemy!

Weapon #3 – Torches…Light

Jesus is the Light of the world, and because He lives in every believer, we too are the Light of the world! Gideon’s soldier’s torches were burning brightly inside their jars. They were hidden for a time, but when it was the right time brokenness gave way to brilliant light. We can live hiding the Light of Jesus within us with compromise and shame. We can live powerless and defeated lives. But once we chose to beak out of our fear, come out of our hiding, and live unashamed of our brokenness, the Light of Jesus will shine through us! The Light of the world will radiate from within us to dispel the darkness and cause the enemy to flee!

Brokenness allows the Light to shine bright!

Weapon #4 – Shout…the Word of God

The power of life and death is in our tongues! Shout aloud the name of Jesus! Shout aloud the promises of God!

We have a choice of the words we speak…

Words of worry, negativity, and doubt are aligned with the strategies of the enemy. They keep the enemy’s plans working in us and in our circumstances. They keep his lies and fears alive in our minds and hearts. They keep us paralyzed and ineffective. They send us to people to help us figure out what to do. They keep us awake at night with anxiety. Our prayers are filled with telling God our problems.

Words of life are aligned with the truth of God. They keep God’s plans working in us and in our circumstances. They keep God’s promises alive in our minds and hearts. They make us strong and courageous. They keep us trusting in God no matter what. They bring us peace in the midst of the storms. Our prayers are faith-filled prayers, expecting above and beyond all we ask or think of.

Fight your battles with the weapons of God , stand your ground, and see the salvation of the Lord!

 

 

 

Do you need some new weapons?

Praise and Thanksgiving brings Faith and Substance into the Emptiness of the Impossible.

Worship calls forth what isn’t as if it were because hope doesn’t lie in the ability and the possibility of the natural realm, but in the ability of the God of the supernatural in the spirit realm!

Abraham believed and worshipped the…

“God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he (Abraham) became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:17-22

I heard a testimony the other day that proved this truth.

A woman shared that her and her husband were having difficulty conceiving. They had tried for years and even sought help from physicians, only to face disappointment month after month, year after year.

Then, they decided on a different strategy, they picked up some new weapons. They began to Praise and Thank God for the baby they believed God would bless them with. And along with their praise and thanksgiving they put their faith into action. Each month they once again faced disappointment they went out together and bought a baby toy or another baby item as evidence of their faith; they were walking this journey by faith, not by sight!

Faith must be put into action!

“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” James 2:20-22

Because, now, is always the right time to bow down in worship!

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

I guarantee that the time you spend down on your knees in Praise, Thanksgiving, and Worship of God has greater value than any amount of time spent in any other way!  

Worship empowers you and equips you with new weapons to step out in faith to fight your battle.

The couple who chose not to give in to despair and disappointment month after month, who chose not to speak negative words of doubt and hopelessness over their impossible situation, but chose instead to put their faith and hope in God, proved that God is able!

God is the God of the impossible!

When they chose to Worship God in the midst of their impossible situation…

When they chose to rise above the emotion of disappointment and despair month after month…

When they chose to Praise and Thank God with no evidence of the desire of their hearts…

They fought with different weapons.

The weapons of disappointment and despair, the weapons of doubt and unbelief, the weapons of negative words, had no power over their circumstance. These only increased the ammunition of the enemy, making them powerless and leaving them hopeless.

They chose to exchange their weapons for the  weapons of Praise and Faith in Action..

Fighting with these weapons, their faith was rewarded, their prayers were answered, they received the desire of their hearts.

Today they have a baby in their arms…

For Nothing is Impossible with God!

Bowing in worship of God filled Gideon with courage and caused him to come up with a strategy that didn’t come from his own understanding. Gideon got up and went back to his army of three hundred with a declaration of victory from the Lord.

“He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.” Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers.” Judges 7:15-16

Gideon’s circumstance hadn’t changed, but Gideon was changed. His fear was turned to faith.

His fear of God became bigger than his fear of his enemy.

Gideon was fully convinced his God was able to do what He promised He would do.

Gideon spoke words of life, the words of God’s promise, to the other soldiers.

Gideon walked in evidence of his faith as he placed  “weapons” into their hands…

Trumpets

Empty pitchers

Torches

Trumpets…Instruments of loud and mighty praise!

Pitchers…empty, available to be filled, breakable, for greater purpose!

Torches…light concealed, waiting to shine forth!

Not your typical weapons!

When you fight God’s battles you need to use His weapons of warfare.

“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4  

How did the soldiers respond to the items Gideon placed into their hands?

“Of what use are these, they have no power? What purpose could these things have in battle? We are soldiers, where are our swords?”

How did this couple respond when they first considered going out to buy baby items?

“That doesn’t make sense. It’s a waste of money. How will buying baby items cause us to conceive? Seeing those things in our home will make us more depressed!”

Why are God’s ways opposite of what we think? Why are they beyond our understanding? Why are they difficult to carry out?

Because its in our weakness, in our inability, in our humility we bow down. When we bow down we admit its not about us. We acknowledge that on our own we can do nothing. We become dead to self. Once we are at this place, we are right where God wants us to be. This is where He reveals His truth, He imparts His ways, and He provides His weapons so that we can rise up, encouraged by His promise, filled with His power, and ready to fight our impossible battle for His glory!

What weapons have you been using that haven’t been working?

If you feel as though you are losing the battles you are fighting perhaps its time lay down your weapons of worry prayers, doubt, and negative words. What you may have thought were the only ways to respond to your battle may be the very things the enemy is using to keep your battle raging. It is time to bow down in worship before God, and receive His strategies and His weapons with which to fight. The position of bowing in worship provides a holy space where an exchange is made. Your worry, doubt, and negativity for God’s power, equipping, and weapons to fight your battles and win the victory!

 

 

 

Bow in Worship!

“When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship before the Lord.” Judges 7:15

Gideon’s FAITH became bigger than his fear!

Why did Gideon fall to his knees in worship?

Gideon was overwhelmed in the Awe of God…

“Oh God, I am overwhelmed how amazingly incredible You are and how loved I feel right now! You knew I was still afraid and You gave me the courage to face my fear and come down into the enemy camp. You brought me right here, right now, to hear these words! Your timing is incredible! Your love for me brings me to my knees!

 Gideon was humbled and surrendered…

“God, from the moment You called me out of the winepress You have promised You would win this battle. You promised victory that would show Your glory. Forgive me for my fear, my doubt, that kept me looking at this battle from my own perspective and relying on my own understanding. I am undone by the ways You have shown Yourself to me, I humbly bow before You in full surrender to Your will.”

Gideon was encouraged…

“Oh Lord, these words from the enemy prove to me You are the God of the impossible! If You are able to give a dream to one of the enemy soldiers, give the interpretation to another, just in time for me to hear… I choose to put my faith, my trust, in You alone! God, I choose to take my eyes off myself and of my ways, and I look to You with great expectation to see how You will fight this battle!”

Gideon was ready to receive God’s strategy…

“Lord, I have no idea of how we can win this battle, I have no battle plan to fight against these odds. But Your ways are so much higher than my ways, and Your thoughts are so much greater than mine. You have just proved Yourself to me that You are for me and though I don’t know what to do, my eyes are on You!”

Bowing in worship took Gideon from the fear of his problem to the fear of God. 

What brings you to your knees?

Sometimes the greatest battle is the battle between the worship of your problem and the worship of God…

How often have you found yourself “worshipping” your problem by the priority you give it in your thoughts and actions? You can allow your problems to become bigger than God in the ways you become consumed with thinking about a solution, worrying about the outcome, and becoming anxious about how it is affecting you.

Thoughts, worry, and anxiety show themselves in words and actions that give the enemy ammunition to use against you. As long as you worship your problem; as long as your PROBLEM is bigger than your faith, you won’t bow in worship of God, you won’t receive the courage to fight the battle, and you won’t experience the victory God promises you.

Worship of God is the evidence of faith, trusting in God alone…

Worship and faith please God, for He is worthy of all your praise, you were made to worship Him, and He is pleased by those who walk by faith, not by sight!

Worship and Faith work together…one inspires the other.

Sometimes stepping out in Faith brings an incredible answer to prayer that brings you to your knees in Worship!

And sometimes you need to fall to your knees in Worship in order to step out in faith and see the incredible answer to your prayer!

Gideon’s worship experience is an example of both;

He was brought to his knees by God’s incredible timing of such a powerful promise to him through the words of the enemy.

Bowing down in awe of God right there in the enemy camp brought Gideon great courage to get up in the strength and the power of the Lord to ready his men for battle.

To bow down in worship in response to the wonder of God is one thing, but to bow down in worship before you know the battle plan, before you begin to fight, and before you experience the victory is another story!

It goes against everything your flesh wants to do…but there is power in praise and it pleases God!

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

“Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” Matthew 15:28

Worship and Faith makes the difference whether you experience the harm the enemy means or whether you receive the good that God intends.

Bowing in Worship of God causes Faith to rise within, humbles you to see your problem through God’s perspective, and causes you to get up with renewed courage and strength to live differently!

Gideon still faced a valley filled with enemy soldiers. He still had a battle to fight with only 300 men. But he was different. Gideon became the “Mighty Warrior” God called him from the very beginning!

God proved Himself to Gideon and Gideon chose to believe God. 

The Israelites were caught up in living as the nations around them. As long as they lived according to the ways of the world no one could see the glory of God, no one could see the miracles and wonders God had done in the past. They were living within the abilities and the customs of the flesh. But God says that His children have been created to live victorious, and to bring Him glory! God desired that the surrounding nations saw how great the Israelite’s God was! And this is still God’s desire, that His people live lives that reveal how great He is!

So, if you want to live differently, try something different.

No matter where you find yourself…

Whether you are in a season where there are no problems and your faith is strong, whether there is a problem on the horizon just beginning to grow bigger and bigger with every passing day, taunting you to fear, or whether you have allowed your problem to become bigger than your faith and are fully consumed with worry and anxiety…

I encourage you to bow down in worship, and be reminded that whatever season you are in you were made to worship!

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7

This simple, but profound song, often goes through my mind. It’s a good reminder that no matter what I’m going through, Jesus loves me, and because of that…

I will choose to bow in worship!

Jesus, Lover of my soul,
Jesus, I will never let you go
You’ ve taken me from the miry clay
You’ve set my feet upon the Rock, and now I know

I love you, I need you,
Though my world may fall, I’ ll never let you go
My Saviour, my closest friend,
I will worship you until the very end.      (Hillsong)

 

36th Wedding Anniversary

So, I had a blog all written and ready to post today, but as I celebrated my 36th wedding anniversary yesterday, the Lord began to prompt me to write about marriage. I was kind of hoping by this morning the prompting would go away and I could just publish the blog I had ready. But, as I spent some time with the Lord this morning He began to speak again…this time He reminded me of the verse…

“These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children.” Titus 2:4

This verse has been somewhat of a mystery to me through the years. When I was younger I didn’t know who the older women were who I was suppose to learn from. I didn’t know exactly what kind of training God meant for me personally. I did have some women in different seasons of my life that were ahead of me, so to speak, who I could look to for wisdom and guidance, and I am thankful for all that I have gleaned from them.

This morning while I was meditating on this verse I asked the Lord about this…”who in my life has trained me to love my husband, to love my children?” What God said to me wasn’t what I had expected. He said it was my mother. It wasn’t what I expected because I always read this verse as someone other than family and because I had a different view of the word, “training”. But God showed me that is exactly what my mother did when she loved my father and when she raised me. Her faithfulness to my father, her love and submission to him, and her caring for him was actually my “training” for loving my husband. My mother’s love and care for me was my “training” to love my children.

Throughout my parent’s marriage they experienced some tragic situations and some ongoing hardships concerning their children. My sister was diagnosed with Spinal Atrophy at the age of 18 months. So with the combination of that diagnosis and an operation to correct her scoliosis, Sheryl spent her life in a wheel chair, needing total care. My bother miraculously survived a fall down Bushkill Falls at the age of two, but my mother heard his screams of “Mommy” for months later. I almost died at the age of nine from a bee sting.

All this to say, my parents had their share of difficulties in their lives, but in spite of these challenges they were committed to each other and to their marriage. This strong commitment came from their strong faith. They believed in God. They believed in God’s word. They lived according to God’s word.

Marriage is a covenant between husband and wife in the presence of God. It is a vow that is not intended to be broken…

“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Matthew 19:6

I grew up knowing this verse and believing that marriage is for life.

When the Lord showed me this morning that I received much of my training from my mother it caused me to so appreciate the example she set for me. I realized that it was her training; her love and her faithfulness to my father, and the stability of my patent’s marriage, that provided me an anchor to hold onto when I was being tossed and turned by the raging waves of life.

Mark and I didn’t experience such tragic things concerning our children, but we went through other types of difficulties that were meant to divide us and to break us apart. Strategies of the enemy came upon us that many would say were beyond hope. How could a marriage withstand such trials?

I believe it was this…

Mark and I were both raised to believe marriage is forever; for better or for worse, till death do us part. With this belief as our anchor God gave each of us the grace, power, and love to survive some of the most difficult situations a marriage can face.

What the enemy meant for harm, God intended for good!

The enemy’s strategy is to divide and conquer. When he attacks it is meant to steal, kill, and destroy. This is what he is doing in so many marriages and families today. It is one of his greatest agendas because of how it affects families and communities for generations.

The covenant of marriage isn’t just about the relationship between the two partners, but it affects generations, and it affects all those who couple influence around them.

Whenever a strategy of the enemy is thwarted those who win the battle come through stronger and wiser.

Whenever an anniversary comes around I am reminded of God’s amazing grace, power, and love! I know without God we wouldn’t be celebrating these years of marriage. I don’t take them for granted and I consider this wonderful journey in life with Mark to be an incredible blessing and one which I value greatly.

I am reminded too that I am now an older woman who is “training”my daughter how to love her husband and her children. The ways in which I love Mark; how I treat him, speak to him, the words I say about him, the ways I submit to his leadership, all these she is watching, observing, experiencing. She is being “trained” whether or not either one of us is aware. I pray that I “train” her to love her husband, and to love her children according to God’s word and that my “training” will equip her and give her a solid foundation so that when the enemy’s strategies come against her she will stand firm.