The Lord created the perfect haven for us to just "be." A place where we could drop the masks, stop impressing and enjoy the fruit of life that He has given to us. Unfortunately for most though they look for this secret garden in all the wrong places.
Would it surprise you to know that the very place of rest you are looking for is right in your marriage? God created marriage to be our Garden of Eden. Our oasis in the middle of the desert. It does not always feel like that though. More often than most, marriage feels like hard work, pushing through and sometimes the desert itself!
I was just like you too - I believed and taught fervently that marriage was hard work! You get out of it, what you put into it. It took Craig and I some dramatic situations and revelation from the Lord to realize it really does not have to be that way. Marriage was created by the Lord to be the one place where we DO get it easy.
Now I know a lot of teaching out there will contradict me, but I want to come with a message of passion and excitement today. Your marriage is an untapped oasis! A place where you will find your needs being met and the joy that you are looking for so desperately.
This is not something you have to work years to achieve. This is not something that is going to be so hard that you have to fight with every breath. In fact the chances are you have been trying too hard. It is time to take a break and discover the oasis that God has given to you.
When Craig and I went into ministry, we faced so many challenges and one of the hardest was on our marriage. We are pretty passionate people so with the same passion that we loved one another... it also felt like we wanted to throttle one another as well! I was always so frustrated.
I said to the Lord, "There is just no shade of grey with us! Either things are great, or they are terrible." When we got to the point in our marriage where we felt the ministry and all the pressures we were facing were going to tear us apart, we got on our faces before the Lord.
It was here that everything changed. We found out that the enemy is only too happy to distroy this unity, because with the marriage in trouble... everything else suffers! Your kids suffer, your finances suffer, your ministry suffers and your health suffers.
Child of God - IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE THIS WAY! If nothing else, I want to leave you with a message of hope. During the seminar I preached a message about marriage that I have titled, "Marriage: The Oasis Discoverd" I will leave my team to give you the link for that below this note, but for now I want to give you something to hold on to.
No matter where your marriage is right now, there is a better and easier way. There is a way to get your needs met, find peace and have a place where you feel satisfied in every area. For those who feel like things will "never come right" I want you to know that things can change around so quickly that the darkest night will feel like it never happened.
For those that have just settled to "accepting things the way they are" I am here to say that the Lord has so much more for you!
For those couples that are looking for that "something" that will make their marriage heaven on earth, I am here to say it is easier than you think! You see, we have the Holy Spirit in us and between the Lord, you and your spouse, you hold the key to something amazing.
The Lord convicted me once. He said that I was so busy doing the work of the ministry that I had forgotten to live the life that He had given to me. What message of hope do we have to give the world if we are not living this life to the fullest? Marriage is at the core of life and once you learn to enjoy it, the rest falls so easily in place.
So let us live this life that God has given to us! I speak blessing on you and your spouse. May you truly discover your little oasis.
Check out the message, Marriage - The Oasis Discovered now: http://www.ami-bookshop.com/index.php?Product=918
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