"Faced Divorce & Delivered"

There aren't words enough to praise God for who He is and what He alone can do! He is the God of the impossible just as all of us have read since finding RMI!!! His love for us is deeper and wider and higher than we could ever imagine and the fact that He loves ME, blesses me. He loves all of us while He asks so little in return—just our love, shown in our obedience, with faith, and repentance when He shows us what we've done is not according to His word. ALL of this brings healing to our lives!!!

First, I want you to know this is my second marriage. I had been married once before (when I was not a believer) and left that marriage in hate and anger. This time was completely different, because of God's grace and because of where He led me... to you RMI! The first time I wanted to restore my marriage, I found a covenant standers ministry, who told me only my marriage to my first husband was ordained by God. Feeling such condemnation I began doing things I wish I hadn't, which I could share, but it's not encouraging. Let's just say thank GOD He led me here. After reading the How God Can and Will Restore Your Marriage book and going through the courses, I knew it was more about me becoming His bride, being washed clean, and if it be God's will to restore my second marriage, He would. If it wasn't His will, what He wanted for me, I knew I'd be more than fine. I'd be perfectly at peace because I had His love.

When my husband was gone, the Lord continually encouraged me and showed me through scriptures and through other things that our marriage would be restored, so of course at first I was confused (again because I'd read what the standers said). He reminded me that "nothing was impossible with Him" and that if He would soften my husband's heart (as I sought and obeyed and focused on my love with Him as my HH), then this would be the sign it was Him saying He'd washed me clean from my sin.

I'd read in Ephesians 5:25-27, "...Christ loved the church [me as His bride] and gave Himself up for her [me because I'm His bride], so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, that He might present to Himself the bride in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless and whole." All of this was ME, He no longer blamed for the mistakes I made in my past.

The way I found out about RMI was actually when I was at church talking to a divorced woman; she gave me your pamphlet when I shared my hopeless situation with her. She told me so much of what this ministry was about, so I rushed home, and immediately researched your website. I ordered everyone of your materials the very next day. And since I also got an eBook, I began reading it right away. Saying it was excellent falls far short of what it meant to have hope again!!

One other thing that made my restoration appear hopeless. Although the Lord had impressed upon me that our marriage would be restored, my husband had already filed for divorce, so when I saw the book Facing Divorce I ordered it as well and then found your book Facing Divorce Again, which helped me put my HH first above all else. 

By reading these books, I responded to divorce without seeking a lawyer, and — praise the Lord—it was your book that the Lord used to convict me of all my sins that I had yet to repent of. Let me say, before coming here I thought I already had a very close walk with the Lord, but I still needed to become His bride, and put HIM first in all things. He spoke daily to my heart and gave me the strength and faith to obey, to become His bride while I simply watched my miracle unfold, and I give Him all the glory along with all my love!

Just about 18 months after finding you, I'm excited to say that my marriage was restored and has been restored for almost two years now. And mine is not the only one either! My neighbors, who were missionaries for over 25 years, now have a restored marriage after the wife read your book through in just one day!

May I say to everyone who's here, it's simply not enough that we take this gift of the truth and meditate it in our own hearts, we need to help rescue women we know. And not just women we know, but women we meet and to be continuously asking the Lord to show us who needs hope today and every day. 

So far I have already shared your website with at least ten women this week alone and even after 2 years, I still want to tell the whole world about it! I am always recommending your resources to friends who are in both difficult and even good marriages — I think every woman should do the woman's workbook A Wise Woman no matter the state of her marriage! I also purchased copies for our son and daughter-in-law ( A Wise Man and A Wise Woman) and also one for our other daughters who is right now falling in love with a young man she met. I wish every woman could have your workbook before she gets married!

He is the Healer and Restorer and Redeemer and most of all LOVER of our souls. I praise Him day and night. Forever and always I love being His bride!!!

Thank you RMI, thank you Erin, and God bless you and your ministers and ministry always!!!  


~ Shelia in Colorado, RESTORED and cleansed!!  

 



Ministry Note: Some of you may be still be struggling by this being Sheila's "second marriage" that God restored. We can assure you that your struggles are probably also based and due to the teachings you've gotten from a "covenant" or "standers" based ministries. You all know what Erin teaches in her books regarding remarrying and adultery—she doesn't encourage it. However, what supersedes anything and everything is God's WILL not ours! And as Sheila said, she was "washed clean" by becoming His bride "without any spot or wrinkle"!!

Let's remember one thing too, it was the Pharisees who were vocal about the many miracles Jesus performed when it wasn't done precisely according to their "Laws" that were from the Old Testament. They didn't want anyone healed on the Sabbath and when Jesus healed the blind boy they were more concerned "who sinned, his parents or was it him." 

"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him"—John 3:17

"They [the Pharisees] were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, 'He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her [the woman caught in adultery].' Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground"—John 8:6-8

If you struggle with this, please know it simply means you need more of the LORD and HIS LOVE. We'd suggest looking into joining Restoration Fellowship and learn how to become HIS BRIDE. :)