The Changes God is Making

 

My marriage was restored! I know I should be writing a testimony right now (in fact months ago, because it was restored in February), but first I want to share with you this PR I wrote last year but didn't send because I knew God wanted me to wait. Before I go on, please let me ask for forgiveness; I want you, my friends, and God to forgive me because this PR was written so late. Please, Erin, forgive me and thanks for everything you and these wonderful ladies have been sharing with me. Thanks God!!!

So, the PR I wrote on September 2013 was: “I want to give God all the glory and praise His name always! He is so faithful and is a lovely God!” “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees.” Psalm 119:71 (NIV). I thought last year was the worst in my life, but after finding RMI God showed me that He was using my tribulation to draw me closer to Him and teach me His word.

I was so wrong about my life. I was not the wife God created me to be. I was contentious, I did not submit myself to my husband, parents and boss, I was not discrete and talked too much, I was not kind and gentle and I thought I was smart and beautiful enough to be envied and desired. And, I think the worst sin I committed was that God was not my First Love. My husband was my first love and my idol. “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4 (NIV). But when I began reading all the books from RMI and the Bible and watched the “Be Encouraged” videos, God began His great work in my life. He’s been renewing my mind and changing me every day. I could see my sins and my dirty heart. I could repent everything and ask for forgiveness to my husband. And now I’m gentle and respect everybody at work. I honor my parents and try to be submissive to my husband and my boss. I know there is some work to be done in me yet, but He did great changes in me and I’m so thankful and happy. I’m not anxious anymore nor judging others.

I’ve been learning so much with RMI and God’s word!! The principles that I learned and will be always fixed on my heart are:

1. I don’t need to be anxious about tomorrow and that He will give me everything I need,

2. The Lord is my Husband so I don’t need to be afraid or ashamed anymore,

3. God directs men’s heart whenever He wants,

4. Don’t lean on my own understanding,

5. Let go of everything and let God work,

6. I live by faith and not by signs,

7. This is a war against the enemy and not against my husband.

When I began to live these principles and many other’s God put in my heart, He kindly began to change my situation. First my husband forgave me and did not hate me anymore; second he became my friend again and became kind and gentle; and then He gave me peace and love to go on this journey, trusting He controls everything and He works everything to be good.

One more important change He made was to make me love Him so much that He became my FIRST LOVE. And I’m so happy now because I could really understand that this journey is the most important journey in my life because He drew me closer to Him and prepared me to comfort others with the same love He comforts me. It made me free when I realized that everything I was living was for the purpose to help others. Praise The Lord!!

For many times during this journey, God directed my husband’s heart to me. But it was only when I really understood this verse that everything really changed: “Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve Me; if you utter worthy, not worthless words, you will be My spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.” Jeremiah 15:19. It was hard to live this principle. I had to repent and ask for God help me many times. And He helped me all the time!

I learned to pray and fast fervently and to declare the victory, giving Him the praise and the glory for even the things He was still working on. For example, one night my husband, who was living in USA, sent me a message telling me every time he spoke to me he felt the desire to ask me for forgiveness and he didn’t know what he was doing anymore. I began praising My Lord and Savior thanking Him for the changes He was working on my husband. And then I began to read Ezekiel 34:11-16, thanking God because He was rescuing my husband and soon he would be back to our home.

I’m SURE SOON I will share with you my RESTORED MARRIAGE TESTIMONY. I even know the title He wants to give to my testimony: “RESTORED, Even After He Moved to Another Country.”

And I hope it will encourage you to go on, trusting Him and giving Him everything. Praise Him always!

Thanks and blessings!


 


~ Valentina in Brazil was our Portuguese RESTORED Marriage Minister for many years, who specialized in being a successful professional woman, raised Catholic, and a husband who believed we "deserve" better as the reason for him ask for separation. Once restored, Valentina to an extended sabbatical soon after He called several others to take her place. We’re so thankful Valentina has now returned and ministering with us again!




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