Monday, November 6, 2017

Each week we share guest devotionals written by a fellow stander. The views expressed below are those of the writer and may not reflect the views of Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc. or the Steinkamps.

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I have found that a home can fall apart in more ways than one. Our roof was leaking and that has taken me on quite a journey. I am realizing that the cracks in the roof, which allowed water in, symbolize the ways in which I have allowed the enemy into my life. I must put a stop to all of it.

Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.  Ecclesiastes 10:18

I’m holding down the fort, and trying to keep things going, while my husband is in the far country. By all indications, and his own admission, he is living a difficult life. He’s asked me to pray for him. He has no idea how much I do.

I often pray this Personalized Scripture:

and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.  2 Timothy 2:26

Getting the roof fixed led to other neglected repairs. It’s good to have things in proper working order again. Restoration! Then the enemy attacked with more concerns about the house, and a friend suggested I pray about selling and moving. I asked God to make it clear what I am to do.

I was surprised when, within a few days, the Lord flooded me with memories of my widowed grandmothers who remained in their family homes. He reminded me my grandmothers also had upkeep costs. Those homes provided stability and security for them and the entire family, and some of my most cherished memories are of loving and happy visits, even long into my adulthood.

With those memories the Lord gave me my answer. Then upon further inspection, the concerns about the house proved unfounded. God is good!

Recently I entertained our daughter and grandchildren from out-of-state, and I pray I was able to bless them as much as my grandmothers blessed me. I also unexpectedly took in a missionary I didn’t know, when she was passing through town for a few days, and both my home and I were blessed.

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.  Hebrews 13:2

On the day Charlyne and Bob remarried, he said he came home to a made bed. Charlyne left a clean house that morning, not knowing how the Holy Spirit would direct Bob that day.

“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”  Mark 2:11

Their story encourages and inspires me. I don’t want to have to apologize to my husband, or give him a honey-do list. I want him to come home to a peaceful environment, where he can heal in the presence of the Lord.

My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.  Isaiah 32:18

Even if you have relocated, you are still holding down the fort. Home is wherever you are. It is wherever the Lord is. Only He and you can provide what your prodigal may be seeking in the wrong places.

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”  John 14:23

We are tucked safely under the Lord’s umbrella, yet cracks in our lives let the enemy in. Do you have doubt, unbelief, or fear? Despair, self-pity, bitterness, anger, jealousy, or unforgiveness?

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  Mark 11:25

How are we supposed to understand unconditional love unless we love someone who may not seem to deserve it? This includes the other person.

Satan hates that you are standing for your marriage. Is he attacking your health/stamina, children/family, finances, living arrangements, employment, transportation, church involvement? Is he trying to convince you to do things you shouldn’t? Or to not do things you should? The spirit of the enemy is deceptive and destructive, while the Spirit of the Lord is truthful and redemptive. We have to weigh things with that in mind.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  Romans 12:21

I find it sometimes takes someone coming to visit to light a fire under me to get things done. But I’m waiting for more than a visitor. I don’t want to be discouraged by the preparation time as I go through this process. I have to stop trying to figure everything out along the way. And I must take my eyes off details and circumstances, and put them on God. I know He is working, and someday I will look back and see His whole plan and what He was doing.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  Romans 8:37

Don’t chase after blessings…chase after God…and blessings will follow. We can’t make things happen or change things. While we wait on the Lord, the enemy piles things on to tempt us to give up, often when we’re closest to a breakthrough. Labor pains are greatest right before delivery.

She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.  Revelation 12:2

God deals with impurities in our character during our difficulties. I repent for my part in our marriage problems, and I praise God for the changes He is making in me. In the story of Abraham and Sarah and Hagar, God not only cleaned up their mess – He made a miracle out of their mistake.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.  James 1:2

Faith is the key. We have to say it to get it. We can’t see it until we believe it.

Yet with respect to the promise of God, he did not waiver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God.  Romans 4:20 (NASB)

I recently heard a pastor say, “If you’re at rest, you’re passing the test.”

Taking the test with praise and thanksgiving,

Ruth in Arizona

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