Posts with the category “directors-cut”

"Haven't I Seen You Here Before?"
by Deana Bell on April 2nd, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Restored Marriage, Director I had just driven three and a half hours from my home in North Carolina to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. It was my son's birthday. And we had never been apart on this special day. Nineteen years to be exact. So when my daughter had spontaneously suggested it, I jumped at the chance to go see him during his freshman year of college. My husband was ...  Read More
by Deana Bell on March 12th, 2020
I urge you to pray instead of panic...  Read More
You're Running Out of Time!
by Deana Bell on March 2nd, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage I was 26, newly married, and ready to do all kinds of adult things. One of the things on my list was taking better care of myself. And because I now had real insurance from a real job, I could afford to go to the dentist. This felt super adult-like until my new dentist took one look in my mouth and exclaimed, "You're running out of time!"I was horrified ...  Read More
Hurry Up and Wait
by Deana Bell on January 27th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage My husband and I disagree about how to say the word "hurry." Clearly if you consult the great Webster's Dictionary you will find that "hur-ee" is the correct pronunciation. But if you lived and grew up in the metro-Philadelphia area you would say "harry." Yes, Harry, as in the man's name. Sounds strange, but definitely true. The same with those cute and ...  Read More
The Day I Danced With Jesus
by Deana Bell on January 23rd, 2020
By: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage It always seems that God knows exactly when "much" turns into "too much" for me. And on this day, I was in over my head, spiritually. I have noticed the attacks getting more frequent and more intense for at least a year now. For me, waking up, praying, reading Scripture and repenting is a daily ritual. On this particular day, I had done all of the aforem...  Read More
by Deana Bell on January 21st, 2020
By: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage On this very day, 8 years ago, my husband and I separated.Some years the day seems to come and go without me ever noticing and other years I have found myself in a struggle.The New Oxford American Dictionary defines "D-Day" (in addition to the WWII reference) as "the day on which an important operation is to begin or a change to take effect." I have neve...  Read More
50 Ways to Bless Someone
by Deana Bell on January 15th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage Hebrews 10:24-25 "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." (NLT)I believe that through giving during our greatest need we will receive back ten fold what we have given.2...  Read More
A New Look at Your Real Enemy (Part 2)
by Deana Bell on January 13th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage I left you with quite a cliff-hanger on my last posting, didn’t I? (link to part 1)To get you up to speed…Our marriage had come under fierce attack involving my husband’s infidelity and my resulting emotional breakdown. At a crisis point, my husband had answered my emotional plea for help with a promise to do whatever it took to make our marriage whole a...  Read More
A New Look at Your Real Enemy (Part 1)
by Deana Bell on January 7th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage For most of my life I have attended churches that do not speak of or even acknowledge the existence of Satan. I never quite understood it, but yes, I too, spent years of my life ignoring something that should never be ignored. I don't know what the reasons are - possibly fear or ignorance - but I am certain that God wants us to know who our enemy is.Back...  Read More
by Deana Bell on January 1st, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage He took my breath away! Quite literally.As I stood there in the kitchen, just hours before the turn of the decade, my breath was taken away. I was gasping, as tears were running down my cheeks, because of the word He just spoke to my heart."You will know me to the greatest depths this year."I tried to catch my breath and process what He had just said to ...  Read More
Every Promise Fulfilled
by Deana Bell on December 28th, 2019
BY: Koji Bell, Director, Restored Marriage It was a difficult moment for us to wrap our heads around.In 2016, Deana & I had just returned from a Family Foundations International Conference on the year of the Jubilee. Deana & I prayed in earnest to hear God's will for us concerning our finances. At the conference, we had the opportunity to learn from Jonathan Cahn (Author of The Harbinger), Os Hill...  Read More
Preparing for the Birth of the Baby
by Deana Bell on December 23rd, 2019
By: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage I love to decorate. It is a creative outlet for me that I truly enjoy. But at Christmas, it seems overwhelming. There are some years that I have skipped it altogether. But this year I started to remember how happy it makes me to see my home decorated for Christmas, so I decided to take the leap. As I looked at the more than 10 large boxes of decorations ...  Read More
Why My Toast (cut in half) Is An Encouragement To Me...And Might Be To You, Too!
by Deana Bell on November 20th, 2019
By: Deana Bell, CK Director, Restored Marriage It was a rainy and cold fall night in Charlotte and I had had a long day. I wasn't feeling well; I had barely eaten all day and the spiritual warfare I was experiencing that day was overwhelming. I had fed my family, but I didn't feel like eating, so at 10 pm I found myself hungry and tired. All I wanted to do was go to bed, but I heard the Lord tell ...  Read More
Sowing Back - A Thank You
by Deana Bell on November 18th, 2019
Covenant Keepers, Inc. is pleased to share that Rex & Carolyn Johnson will officially transition their Director positions to Koji & Deana Bell effective January 1, 2020. The board of trustees voted unanimously to complete this important transition.  Both Rex & Carolyn have agreed to remain on the Covenant Keepers, Inc. Board of Trustees as board members helping to provide Koji & Deana wisdom and c...  Read More
The Winning Team
by Deana Bell on November 11th, 2019
By: Carolyn Johnson, Director Emeritus The moment you submitted your life to Jesus and asked Him to be your Lord, you joined a winning team. At that moment God’s plan for your life was settled in heaven. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” (AMP)Jonathan...  Read More
A Tradition Continues...
by Deana Bell on October 28th, 2019
Covenant Keepers will continue our annual tradition of shifting the focus of Halloween and turning it into a day of fasting and prayer for our nation, our homes, and our families. Yellow Ribbon Day is observed in and around the month of October and, instead of decorating with symbols of death, we tie yellow ribbons around trees, lamp posts, or on doors as a symbol that the captives have been set f...  Read More
"I Have Received Divorce Papers. Now What?"
by Deana Bell on October 18th, 2019
By: Deana Bell, Director, Pastor, Restored Marriage (w/ Marilyn Conrad, Founder)The question is often posed to us….."I want to have my marriage healed, so what should I do about legal proceedings?"It is comforting to know in the midst of legal decisions that we DO have an advocate before the Father (1 John 2:1). It is also comforting to know that we have wisdom for the asking and the presence of t...  Read More
The Words You Say....
by Deana Bell on October 16th, 2019
By: Rex Johnson, Director, Restored MarriageDo the words you say really matter?  Proverbs 18: 20-21 (NLT) tells us:(20) Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.(21) The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.Your words have the power of death and life. The words you say are verbal seeds you sow into your spouse. It is impor...  Read More
How to Survive the Hurricane of Divorce
by Deana Bell on October 14th, 2019
By: Carolyn Johnson, Director, Restored MarriageWe have had quite a vibrant hurricane season here in the US this past month. With all the major hurricanes that we've experienced, I began to notice something about the trees that survived. Something that can be applied to our situations as Covenant Keepers. Most of the surviving trees looked really beat up, but amazingly, they were still standing up...  Read More
by Deana Bell on September 30th, 2019
By: Carolyn Johnson, Director, Restored Marriage First of all, YOU cannot heal your marriage alone; it is the power of JESUS that brings restoration and reconciliation. However, you DO have a role to play during the process of restoration. Yes, it is difficult to stand in the midst of the unfaithfulness of a spouse when we become tired, drained and exhausted. But it is not impossible. So often, we...  Read More
2019 Annual Conference Round-up
by Koji Bell on September 9th, 2019
This is a reflection on the 2019 Families Are Forever annual conference for Covenant Keepers, Inc. held on July 19-21, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.The sun had already launched well into the sky increasing the daytime temperature outside Steele Creek Church of North Carolina to a balmy 98.0 F degrees. But the humid summer heat wouldn’t deter faithful Covenant Keepers who traveled from as...  Read More
Living in a Constant State of Forgiveness
by Jackson Bell on August 15th, 2019
Living in a constant state of forgiveness. Is it even possible?Over the past several months, I have been keenly aware of forgiveness. Over and over, God has laid it on my heart and given me many examples in my life to try it out myself. I believe it’s something I desperately need to work on. And I believe, if you are reading this, God is laying it on your heart, too.After a separation of just slig...  Read More
Six Stages of Reconciliation
by Koji Bell on July 29th, 2019
Six Stages or Steps of Reconciliation  It is important to understand the difference between reconciliation and restoration. Reconciliation has as its goals friendship and cordiality. Restoration’s goal is to rebuild better than before. The six stages of reconciliation are as follows:First, be honest with yourself and your spouse. In any demise there is always blame to be taken. No one is without b...  Read More
Hold on to Your Covenant Promises
by Jackson Bell on July 17th, 2019
I want to review the story of David and Goliath. But before I do, just a reminder of what had transpired in David’s life prior to the killing of Goliath:Jesse had 8 sons and David was the youngest. Jesse at this point was old. David’s job in the family business was to be the shepherd of the flocks.Through God’s providence David was chosen by Samuel to be the next king of Israel.As in most families...  Read More
Spirit of Abortion
by Jackson Bell on July 10th, 2019
Perhaps you had a dream to do something for God and you put time, effort and prayer into the project and it failed. Perhaps your relationships never seem to endure. They are short-lived both loved ones and friends. Something always happens to hinder your relationships such as strife or disappoint.Maybe you seem to labor under unstable living conditions. You sow much time and energy into jobs or ot...  Read More
The Door: Shut and Locked
by Jackson Bell on July 10th, 2019
It is quite normal for a Covenant Keeper to experience being with their spouse’s family for various reasons. Family members get sick and a hospital visit is the right thing to do. Children have birthdays and graduations from high school and college with a family gathering to celebrate an accomplishment. A family member dies and there is a funeral to attend. There will be reasons why you, your spou...  Read More
Enormous Marriage Restoration Needs Great Spiritual Growth
by Jackson Bell on July 10th, 2019
I recently had someone ask me to explain what I meant when I said that it is good for covenant keepers to experience times of need so that they can exercise their spiritual muscles to trust God to supply all their needs. This is especially true while standing for your marriage. When I began giving my answer it made me realize that the time of my most explosive spiritual growth was during my greate...  Read More
Radiant Joy
by Koji Bell on July 10th, 2019
When we are standing, whether we know it or not, we are in deep need of healing. Often times, we are in this place because we have either avoided the healing or have not known that we needed it. When you are standing, it usually doesn’t take long for you to figure out that something needs to change. I believe that lasting, permanent, whole change is only possible through Jesus. John 14:6, one of m...  Read More
Hope - Part 2
by Jackson Bell on July 10th, 2019
HOPE OR DEFEAT? Life can be tough and painful. God did not promise that we would never have challenges or difficult times to go through. When these times come we find out what is on the inside of us. Do we choose to grow better or get bitter? Do we choose to speak the Word over our situations or let our situations overcome us? Do we choose to believe what God says or do we believe the lies of the e...  Read More
Hope - Part 1
by Jackson Bell on July 10th, 2019
The Lord has ministered to me that covenant keepers need encouragement, and He impressed upon me to share with you about hope. Since beginning to stand for our marriages, we have all had someone say to us, at one time or another, “Don’t get your hopes up,” or “You don’t get anything by hoping.”  Read More
Covenant Keeping 201
by Jackson Bell on July 10th, 2019
Last month I talked about how to tell if you really have forgiven. I pointed out that all you have to do is listen to what comes out of your month.Even though you may never forget what happened to you in the past, that has nothing to do with forgiveness. If you are still talking about a specific incident, you have not forgiven.Today, let’s talk about the tongue. Psalm 34:11-13 says, “Come, you chi...  Read More
Covenant Keeping 101
by Jackson Bell on July 10th, 2019
I firmly believe this is the most important article I have ever written. My life has been changed by writing it and I know your life can also be changed if you will listen and read carefully. I have prayed and asked the Lord what He wants for CKs in 2019 and believe He has stated we need to go back to basics. Some of you have not been with us long enough to have been taught the basics. Some of you...  Read More






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