Posts with the category “for-standers-by-standers”
Forgiving in the Midst of Betrayal
by Deana Bell on June 26th, 2020
BY: Alicia Bradford, CK Stander Betrayal and abandonment are astoundingly painful places to be. In my own experience of betrayal and abandonment facing divorce, I felt raw, like something unreal was happening. It was tempting to let self-pity be my companion. But instead, I found that this time of intense pain became a profound time of growing close to Jesus. Jesus knows this pain of abandonment a...
A God of Many Names
by Deana Bell on June 19th, 2020
BY: TIffany Bull, CK Group Leader Stephen and I got married six months after meeting each other. A few days after the wedding, I remember asking my Heavenly Father, "God, why did I marry him?" I heard clearly, "Because You are going to bring him back to Me." Little did I know that the way I would do this with Jesus would be through standing in the gap for Stephen and our covenant marriage with Go...
Giving Tuesday May 5, 2020
by Koji Bell on May 5th, 2020
By Starr Lichty, Covenant Keepers Board Member & Pastor Koji Bell, Covenant Keepers DirectorWith COVID-19, we have been hit with major turbulence in so many ways, including with our finances. It is easy to feel a great concern about everything. Who holds our future? How do we conduct our finances including our giving during this unsettled time?Let’s consider Jesus’ parable about the wise man and t...
Has The Lord Forgotten Me?
by Deana Bell on February 19th, 2020
BY: A Stander in Malaysia In our church’s calendar, my husband's birthday falls on the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. That has always been a source of consolation to me each year; that the Cross will triumph in my prodigal’s life. This year, when the day came, I asked my daughters to accompany me to church to pray for their father, especially on his birthday. Only my younger daughter was able...
Not In Vain
by Deana Bell on February 4th, 2020
BY: Stander, Healed Marriage, Georgia, USA This morning my husband and I prayed together as it has been a challenging week and the enemy has definitely been attacking. But earlier in the week, I spoke God's word that "No weapon formed against me shall prosper" and I asked the Lord to meet our needs and God (as always) came through and we persevered. This morning in prayer, my husband was praying a...
by Deana Bell on January 1st, 2020
BY: the late Janeen Herig, former SW Regional Director While driving to church one Sunday morning, the sun, hitting the diamonds in my wedding set, caught my eye. It was such a bright, clear sparkle. A sudden, brilliant light flashing before my eyes.As I looked down at my rings for an instant, the Lord spoke to me in my Spirit, letting me know His thoughts…He said, "You are just like that diamond ...
A Christmas Miracle
by Deana Bell on December 25th, 2019
BY: Donna Hearn, CK Canada Board Member, Group Leader In November 2015 a Christmas miracle was in the making. Our daughter, Jodi, and her husband, Mario, were married in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Mario has a successful fishing business there, so they chose to live in the nice warm sunshine of Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is also the place where my husband, Duane, and I celebrated our anniversary for 15 ...
Growing in Maturity
by Deana Bell on December 18th, 2019
By: the late Joyce Hasty, CK Intercessor and Prayer Warrior Recently, I drove down one of our major streets to the pharmacy. I saw a spectacular sight. A huge wrecking ball was destroying a 50 year old bridge which spanned two streets and connects the interstate with other cities. The stone crumbled easily against the weight of that mighty ball. I stopped and watched and I heard in my spirit, “Tha...
What's More Real to You?
by Deana Bell on November 13th, 2019
By: (ANONYMOUS)I was in tears. I recollected all the words I wish I hadn’t spoken, and all the words I wish I had. I hated myself for losing my composure, wishing I could hit a reset button and redo that whole conversation. Actually, I wanted to reset years’ worth of mistakes and hurts. I had just gotten off the phone with my husband, who had left our marriage a few weeks prior. We had argued abou...
An Urgent Prayer for Our Marriages...
by Deana Bell on October 30th, 2019
By: Alicia Bradford, CK StanderThank You, Lord Jesus, that through Your pain on the cross, You fully enter into my own pain and bring Your comfort to me in it. Thank You that You know every tear that I shed. Thank You that in coming to You in my pain, and joining You on Your cross, You will strengthen me with Your own blood which courses through my very own veins because You offered Your body fo...
Releasing My Journey of Faith
by Deana Bell on October 23rd, 2019
FROM THE CK STAFF:Our dear friend and intercessor, Lorraine Woodhouse, who turned 90 years old last month, has been on a journey of faith the last couple of years trusting God to help her write a book about walking out covenant in this broken world of ours. The title of her book, Lorriane's Journey of Faith, released May 24, 2018, is truly how she has lived her life for decades. Here is a short ex...
by Jackson Bell on September 23rd, 2019
By: a CK Leader and IntercessorWalking this journey for the last 11 years has been such a beautiful process of the Lord refining me and working out of me whatever does not reflect Him. The first few years were mostly me responding to attacks and insults out of my own flesh. Over time, and with a sincere heart to genuinely follow Him, my responses to attacks and insults the last several years hav...
God Dreams of Restoration
by Jackson Bell on September 18th, 2019
By Alison, Covenant Keeper and Frequent DreamerHow do you interpret the title of this article? Is the word “God” used as a noun, followed by the verb “dreams,” showing an action on the part of God? Or is “God” an adjective of the noun “dreams” implying the source of a dream as coming from God? The answer is that both are correct! And such is the ambiguous nature of dreams.Dreams can often be bizar...
Healed Marriage Testimony
by Jackson Bell on September 4th, 2019
Many years ago, in my youth, I was married and had two sons. Having been raised in a Christian environment, my views on marriage were all about fidelity. For that reason, my first marriage failed. He simply did the unthinkable and in a knee jerk reaction, I divorced. That was my first marriage. He is now deceased.For many years I remained single until I met Gary. We loved furiously and fought just...
by Jackson Bell on September 2nd, 2019
My story is simple......God blessed me with a love for a daughter born out of my husband’s affair.Like every doting mother, I have so many exciting stories to share about my “daughter” - my husband’s child from a secret affair. This child, my daughter-in-love, likes to sing her nursery rhymes and play with her stuffed animals. Bath-time is so much fun with her, when we play with the three little d...
Should I use Tough Love with my Spouse?
by Jackson Bell on August 22nd, 2019
One fairly common truth that experience has proven over and over is that “tough love” usually bears rotten fruit! The model for our behavior should always be Jesus. How does He treat us when we are rebellious, willful, stubborn, uncaring, inconsiderate, uncooperative and unfaithful? He responds by loving us unconditionally, and forgiving every sin. He is faithful to us even when we are unfaithful!...
by Jackson Bell on August 20th, 2019
We begin our journey of faith for the healing of our marriage with fresh vision and determination – we will not faint and give up our stands, no matter how long it takes! However, we are usually so intent and focused upon doing everything we can to see our marriages healed, that without realizing it we make that healing an idol: something we never intended to do.One of the definitions of idolatry...
Reconciliation - The First Goal of Restoration
by Jackson Bell on August 13th, 2019
“I was so angry at God that I did just the opposite of anything that had to do with God.” In his own words, this man was deceived. His wife, who was left behind with their children, was struggling with depression and a spirit of suicide. But God had other plans for this family and He sent help for her as she cried out to Him in her despair. She eventually led a Covenant Keepers group where she was...
Marriage According to God's Plan
by Jackson Bell on August 8th, 2019
(In response to an article from a popular Christian magazine regarding the church’s role in divorce recovery).I have been divorced for five years after a beautiful 43 year marriage. My husband is a spirit-filled, talented Christian musician who was allured and enticed away by the enemy. I agree that this is definitely one of the most painful situations a person can experience. The first six months...
Adultery - How to Handle the Hurt
by Jackson Bell on August 1st, 2019
HANDLING THE HURTI. Deal honestly with your emotions.A. Tell God just what you are feeling.B. Release hurt to God so healing can be released to you. (Matt 11:28-30; 1 Peter 5:7; Psa 55:22)C. Encourage yourself in the Lord. (Psa 119:49-50 & Psa 119:107 (NKJV); Rom 15:4 (New Eng))II. Avoid Satan’s trap of judgment. (John 20:23 (NKJV))A. Only God has the right to judge others. (Deuteronomy 32:35-36; ...
Complete the Circuit - Stay Connected to the Source
by Jackson Bell on July 30th, 2019
Can that which is broken be fixed? Can that which is lacking become whole once again? When an angry word has been spoken, can it ever be taken back or is it forever imparted with the rage with which it was created?The power of forgiveness lies not in the act itself but in the healing that follows. Forgiveness is a choice. This choice is an act of your will. This action is like the switch that begi...
Habits That Can Sabotage Marriage Restoration
by Jackson Bell on July 25th, 2019
I just read a poster on Facebook that listed six habits that sabotage our life. I could go down that list and place a check-mark beside each one of them. There are habits that need to be dealt with in a Godly manner. This is the list that was presented: Worrying about things you can’t change. God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, ...
Now What Lord? - Part 2
by Jackson Bell on July 10th, 2019
When I came home from the doctor visit where my pregnancy was confirmed, my husband did not share my joy. The devil had stolen his joy. I couldn’t believe it! I also started noticing that my husband was paying special attention to our very young and single secretary. We hired her right out of high school and encouraged her to go to church with us. We wanted her to join the youth group but she said...
Now What Lord? - Part 1
by Jackson Bell on July 10th, 2019
Jesus, thank you so much for the great report at the cardiologist’s office today! My doctor said that my new heart valve is doing just fine, and, because of it, my other valves are functioning better than before my surgery in October! Lord, You have made me so happy and relieved.Jesus and I have an ongoing conversation almost continually every day. Even when I am not happy and relieved like when I...
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