Our life together has not been a piece of cake, no storybook romance/fairy tale. We've had a lot of rocky roads. Throughout our six, almost seven years of marriage, we have had many prayer warriors. It is by God's grace, and through our faithful prayer warriors that we are together today.
There was a time where we lived "separate" lives, strangers living under the same roof. No relationship building, no time together. He lived his life, the children and I lived ours.
I know that through this time, God strengthened me. It has made me very thankful and aware of the miracle God performed in our marriage. I can honestly say, seven years later, that I am married to my best friend!
It was 6 years ago, that our marriage was "done". Almost legally. (within a weeks time it would have been.) Yet God showed what could be done, by Him alone! A miracle. A marriage dashed against the rocks, hearts broken, family split apart ~ all made new. Truly a miracle.
There is nothing to big for God, no marriage that can't be fixed, no life that can't be turned around ~ there is NO impossible with Him!*
It hasn't been easy to build up what's been broken down. (Nor have we perfected our marriage yet either.) Yet think for a moment ~ will it be easy to just walk away ~ to split up your family? If you think it is, I can tell you from experience it's not. It's harder ~ to share custody, to walk away, etc. It's not healthy, nor is it easier.
I'm reminded of the saying "Anything that is good and worth having takes work". Hard work. If it comes easy, it's really not worth much.
Marriage is hard work, especially if it's struggling. I encourage you (if you're there today) to reach out ~ call or meet with people in your life that you KNOW will "stand up" and be prayer warriors for you, and your marriage! Email ME, I WILL be praying for you!
Don't give up the fight, the battle can be won! God can bring the victory!
Praying strength for you and healing for your marriage!
*Please note that there are marriages that will require separation to work things out (we have been separated a couple times), and there are marriages that require removing yourself for the safety of you and/or your children (I've been there too). If you are in either of these situations please get in touch with your pastor or a local organization to get you and your children the help you need. There is NEVER an excuse for ANY type of abuse.*
**Coming up in August I will be doing a study on Mondays, through Debi Pearl's "Created to be His Help Meet". This is a passion of mine. I wholeheartedly believe this book was vital in the restoration/continuance of my marriage. At the end of the study, I will be giving away a set of the book and the accompanying journal to one of my readers that follows along with the study each week. Please help me spread the word about this event!**
As promised....here is the recipe for my Blueberry Crumb Muffins
1 3/4 C. Flour (I use Whole Wheat)
1/3 C. Sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp. Salt
1 Beaten Egg
3/4 C. Milk (I use Rice Milk)
1/4 C. Oil (I use Coconut Oil)
Grease or line 12 muffin cups, In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another mixing bowl combine egg, milk and oil. Add egg mixture to the dry mixture and stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into the muffin cups.
Blueberry Jam Filling
Use 1 Tsp. of your favorite (hopefully homemade ~ it's so much better) blueberry jam per muffin cup. Use a teaspoon to make a "well" in the center of each cup, just before you drop the jam into the "well".
6 Tbl. Flour (I use Whole Wheat)
6 Tbl. Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
4 Tbl. Butter (I use Earth Balance)
Stir the dry ingredients together and then cut in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
Cover each muffin with the above crumb topping.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Eating fresh is best, they lose their super yumminess if left overnight ;)
Loving Life Simply Helping Him