Posts with the category “directors-cut”
Does God Want You Alone?
by Deana Bell on October 22nd, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage In the very early days of our marital separation, I was desperate. Like most people, everything felt hard and sad. The first time I went out to a Target store after our split and saw a cute family of three smiling and shopping, I lost it in the bread section. I almost walked back out of the store and went home, but I knew that I would eventually have to ...
The Open Door
by Deana Bell on October 15th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage Have you ever had a conversation with God that went something like this? God: "I'm asking you to do this one thing. Would you do it for Me?" You: "Really, God? This seems way too hard. I'm not sure I can do it. Won't you reconsider? Can you ask someone else instead?" God:.........(silence) You: "I think there must be someone here on earth that would be b...
Hearing the "Still Small Voice"
by Deana Bell on October 8th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage "There is only one place in Scripture where God is said to speak in a 'still small voice,' and it was to Elijah after his dramatic victory over the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:20-40; 19:12). Told that Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, king of Israel, was seeking to kill him, Elijah ran into the wilderness and collapsed in exhaustion. God sent an angel with foo...
50 Shades of Grace
by Deana Bell on September 30th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director So often in life, we are asking for grace. Grace for unmet expectations. Grace for our failures. And grace for those things in life that we never knew were a problem until someone pointed them out. Less often, are we willing to pour out the grace to others that we naturally expect to receive ourselves. James 4:6 says, "And He gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, ...
Three Reasons Why You Don't Want Your Spouse to Come Home Before It's Time
by Deana Bell on September 11th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage Have you ever heard of "God's perfect timing?" What we see in the following verses is proof that not only does God "know best," but that we should be patient and wait for His best. "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." (Proverbs 16:9 NLT) "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1...
Ridding Yourself of Sin in a Sinful World
by Deana Bell on September 1st, 2020
BY: Carolyn Johnson, Former Director, Restored Marriage We recently visited the Great Smoky Mountains, where we met a relative who was visiting from Oklahoma. All of us had spent our childhood camping with family, so hiking and viewing nature from the outdoors is a favorite pastime. We were at the top of one of the highest peaks taking pictures, and I noticed there were hundreds of dead fir trees....
Prayers for Marriage Restoration and Other Key Takeaways from the Covenant Keepers Annual Conference
by Koji Bell on August 6th, 2020
But just as He sees to it that "hopeless" marriages are restored, He guided Covenant Keepers through our first-ever, annual virtual conference all delivered through video conferencing. What we experienced was astonishing...
Why It's Important to Stay in Your Swim Lane
by Deana Bell on July 31st, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage You've probably heard the phrase "stay in your lane," and until recently, I didn't even realize that that phrase does not usually contain the additional word "swim." It's a phrase my husband uses often, and he always says it with the word "swim." "Swim lane" is a project management term for doing the job that you were asked to do. "Staying in your swim ...
Separating the Person from the Demon
by Deana Bell on July 16th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage One of the most important things we can learn during our covenant-keeping days is how to separate the person from the demon that controls them. A few weeks ago, we posted a blog about dealing and decreeing the Word over your husband or wife. That necessity is born out of the reality that the enemy can destroy the image of what we once knew as our spous...
Decree and Declare What You Don't Yet See
by Deana Bell on June 15th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage Usually, when you are separated or divorced from your spouse, it is much easier to see the bad in your situation rather than the good. Even when you are restored, you will be tempted to see what the enemy wants you to see in your spouse instead of what the Lord sees. Some time ago, the Lord began convicting me that I need to change my prayers for my husb...
It's Okay to Obey
by Deana Bell on June 9th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage I didn't grow up in a Christian home. My parents taught me to obey them, but I had no idea, even well into my 30s, that I was supposed to obey the Lord. It wasn't until I began being discipled by another Christian friend that the word obedient took on new meaning for me. One day, when my friend was at my house with her girls, she said to one of them, "I ...
My Name is Victory
by Deana Bell on June 4th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage Although you all know me as Deana, I actually have another name. In fact, my other name was the first name ever given to me. You see, I was born to a 15-year-old girl who named me Victoria Ann. Moments later she gave me up for adoption, allowing my name to be changed by the couple who would eventually adopt me. When I was adopted six months later, my nam...
Love Is A Choice
by Deana Bell on June 1st, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage THIS BLOG WAS WRITTEN THREE MONTHS AFTER MY MARRIAGE RECONCILIATION. I THOUGHT THAT SHARING IT MIGHT SHED SOME LIGHT ON WHAT IT WAS LIKE DURING THOSE EARLY MONTHS OF LEARNING TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AGAIN….. So today my husband and I had a discussion about LOVE. What is love? How do we need to be shown love? Is it still love if you express it and it is not r...
2020 Covenant Keepers Annual Conference Goes Virtual!
by Koji Bell on May 18th, 2020
We are blessed to announce that the 2020 Covenant Keepers Annual Conference that was to be hosted in Charlotte, NC has now been transformed into the premier virtual conference that you can join from the comfort and safety of your own home. It is easy to register. Simply click below! This year’s conference will be hosted on Zoom Webinars making it easy for anyone completing the registration process...
5 Keys of Moving Toward Reconciliation
by Deana Bell on May 11th, 2020
BY: Deana Bell, Director, Restored Marriage I know that one of the first things that we ask ourselves when we start standing is, "God, when will You restore my marriage?" And although the answer to that is “God only knows,” it is important not to SIT WHILE YOU STAND. (link e-book) Although standing in the worldly sense implies not moving, in the godly sense, standing requires change; change not on...
Hope For Your Marriage Restoration While Social Distancing
by Koji Bell on May 6th, 2020
BY: Koji Bell, Director, Restored Marriage Depending upon where you live in this world, the discussion about COVID-19 in your community may have started as early as January 2020. For many of us here in North Carolina, USA, the impact of social distancing requirements began taking shape in early March 2020. During this time, I was traveling to meet with a ministry leader in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho whi...
Do You Believe In Miracles? (Your answer could be the key to your restoration)
by Deana Bell on April 28th, 2020
BY: DEANA BELL, DIRECTOR, RESTORED MARRIAGE I sometimes wonder why the Body of Christ seems to have doubts when it comes to miracles. I have encountered lots of people who believe that miracles were only for the times of Jesus. However, Scripture tells us that whoever believes in Jesus will do the works He did, and even "greater works" than He did (John 14:12 NIV) Did you know that there are 83 re...
The 3 Things That Separate Us From God’s Truth
by Koji Bell on April 18th, 2020
As the words left my mouth, I could hardly believe I was actually saying them out loud. “I want a divorce…” After a long silent pause, I said again. My wife asked me for the third time if I really meant what I was saying. I thought about it again and delivered it this time with more emphasis on the “I want” part.Looking back on it now from a lens of a restored marriage, I can share with you that t...
Update: 2020 Covenant Keepers Annual Conference (July 23 – 26, 2020)
by Koji Bell on April 4th, 2020
We understand these are uncertain times. We understand that it may be difficult to even consider traveling at this moment. To make it easy on you, we are offering you the ability to register for the conference at no risk.
"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 ...
by Deana Bell on March 12th, 2020
I urge you to pray instead of panic...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
NOW IS THE TIME!!
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
"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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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