Posts with the tag “divorce”
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...
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...
by Deana Bell on December 16th, 2019
FOR STANDERS, BY A STANDER. Eight years ago, my life was suddenly interrupted by an unwanted divorce from the man I’d loved for 20 years. We served in ministry together during many of those years and raised our children in the faith. Through God’s amazing grace, we began dating again five months after the divorce and were remarried a year later.Before long, however, the ongoing spiritual battle fo...
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 ...
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...
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 Daughter's Tribute
by Deana Bell on November 6th, 2019
By Jennie (Little) Hohnstadt, daughter of Mary Little, CK IntercessorThis tribute was read by Jennie, to her mother and a group of Covenant Keepers that met at Mary's home in 2014 for a CK Yellow Ribbon Day. We hope it blesses you as much as it blesses us to know that our stands are valuable, even (and especially) to our children. Never doubt that you are making an impact on your children by stand...
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...
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...
When the Best Offense is No Defense
by Deana Bell on October 2nd, 2019
By: Duke RoheDo you want to know one of the neatest little liberating secrets God has in store for us?The best offense is NO defense.We spend eons of effort trying to explain our intentions or justify our actions. When we know we are right, we seem to put on a fight-to-the-death attitude in order not to be misunderstood, or worse yet, be misjudged. Our honor is at stake. Our integrity and our very...
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...
A Family Restored
by Koji Bell on September 25th, 2019
(Testimony by a CK in Canada)Bob and I had been married for 16 years when the day came that he informed me he wanted a divorce. Our marriage had been rocky; the abuse was verbal on both our accounts, and our three sons had been witness to much of it.On this particular day, all three boys had attended the last day of Vacation Bible School and had gone with our pastor’s family to the lake, leaving B...
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