Through the lenses of Peter this is what I envisioned happening the day Jesus walked on impossibilities...
The day was long and we had just finished with feeding 5,000 people. It was a joyous occasion because none of us could even imagine that a miracle like this could take place. Wow, Jesus just keeps on amazing us! Not to mention, we are all full from such a bountiful lunch.
I really wonder what's next, because He told us to get into a boat to go to the other side of the lake where He would catch up to us after His alone time in prayer. As we set sail I couldn't help but to expect more amazing miracles to happen. Before I knew it, the boat had sailed into rough waters and the wind started blowing at an unusually high rate. As the waters became increasingly uneasy, I started to evaluate how we were going to make it to our destination in one piece. Not to mention, all that fish we ate. The rough waters had started taking a toll on my stomach. I noticed that the other disciples were feeling the same way. The funniest thing was seeing Matthew turn shades of blue and green.
At this point, we had settled within ourselves that we were going to ride this one out. Isn't it funny how quickly we can tolerate and settle for certain things. No matter how rough they are, and no matter how our inner man tells us that this is an unusual experience. We settle and tell ourselves that it's just best to ride it out. Nothing inside you tells you that you have been through rough or even rougher waters before and came out miraculously unharmed. Nothing reminds you that the last time you were in this situation, Jesus calmed the waters. But we settle and try to ride it out. After all, we knew where Jesus was, but this time, calm wasn't in sight. I guess believing that things getting better were long gone and the fact that we may just die, resignated throughout our cognitive thinking. That's probably why we thought we were seeing a ghost.
We had been up all day feeding and ministering to people. Jesus was not there on the boat with us this time. A new day was on the horizon. Land was still far off, it was dark and it was impossible to see a peaceful outcome. Oh yeah! Did I forget to mention how many impossibilities we were experiencing and facing? How impossible it would be for us to call someone for help? How impossible it would be for Jesus to sense our calamity and interrupt His prayer time to calm the waves? Or maybe we would hit land sooner than I thought? After all, I am a skilled Fisherman. I know how to navigate a ship, especially on such a short journey.
After a while, we started hallucinating. The funny thing about hallucinating is that everyone sees something different. Someone saw a figure walking on the water that appeared to be a man. It was Jesus. Are you kidding me? I thought He was on the mountain praying! How did He even find us? I had to know for myself, was it really Him? Mark said it had to be Jesus and He had come to save us. John knew that if we get Him in the boat, He would calm things down again and save us.
But me...I had to know for certain. "If it is You Lord, allow me to come to You." He granted my request, and I got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward Him. The only time I ever got on or off the boat was when I was on solid ground. And here I am getting out of this boat just because Jesus said come. As I saw Him getting closer and closer, everything around me disappeared. All I could see was me getting closer and closer to Him.
I really don't know why, but I started looking around. I looked back at the boat and all the other disciples faces were amazed. I looked up and felt the strength of the wind pushing against me. I looked down and realized that I wasn't on solid ground, but I was walking on water just like Jesus. I remember the Priest talking about the time satan was talking to Eve and that he told her that if she ate of the forbidden fruit, she would be like God and not die.
At that point, I started to sink. My friends were too far away to help. I couldn't swim. Everything inside me said, "this is it." But Jesus reached out and pulled me back up! Then together, we walked back to the boat. In less than 24 hours, we witnessed Jesus do some impossible miracles. But this one affected me the most because in spite of it all, He picked me up when I was sinking and saved me.
Like this impossible miracle, we look at how Jesus rescues us when we are sinking, even when it's our fault. Each day He brings us into New Mercies and through New Impossibilities. We are His Bride and Jesus is The Bridegroom. He will always be there to catch us when we fall even when we are found walking on impossibilities.
Over and over in the scripture, God illustrates His Power. Whether through His Judgement, His Miraculous Power and above it all, through His Love. To be honest when you look at it, overall, it has and will always be His love for us. At the end of His Creation, He saved the Best for Last...Man and Woman. How wonderful and amazing it was that He formed us and has never stopped loving what He had formed.
This week has been a reflection of how Thankful I am to God for every step in my life, and with each step, as I look back, He has been carrying me and my family. If you were to ask me what I am Thankful for? I would have to say two words, "But God." Think about it for a moment; Everyone has had a "But God" moment. (15 second Praise Break!)
How many times in our lives has things looked totally dark and we knew the Book was about to be closed on Life..."But God" stepped in and said, "Not yet!" Or how many times did we receive bad reports and by all recollection, it should have ended up with bad outcomes, "But God" cancelled those reports and wrote New Ones! Time and time again, God steps in and changes the whole program. Even down to the time in scripture when God stepped in and stopped the sun from going down so that Israel could get the victory. (WOW) Joshua 10:13 KJV states, "And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day."
And if I can be a little transparent, I can't even believe how many times I have had a "But God" moment. From the time I was starring down a barrel of a shot gun all the way up to my everyday life now. At this point I am literally living a "But God" moment every single day. Every report says, "I'm not even suppose to be here." How amazing God is!
Let's be honest, everyone has a "But God" moment whether they admit it or not. Even Atheist have, "But God" moments. What? Well think about this, when you go outside and the Sun which is about 27 million degrees farenheit on its surface and by the time it reaches the earth, we only feel 100 degrees or less and are not consumed by its heat, "But God." Or when we go to the beach and the ocean waves only go so far and stop, "But God."
See it's contagious. How could you not be Thankful about every "But God" moment you have had or will have?
Thank you God for never leaving us...
We have been on an airplane when the Pilot comes over the speaker and says that during the flight, we will be experiencing some turbulence. He assures us that everything will be fine. And without hesitation, we generally calm down. But what happens when the Pilot assures us and yet the flight continues to be bumpy?
That's kind of what we experience through life, marriage, jobs and everyday moving. We want to continue to fly high, but all conditions prove that this is going to be a bumpy ride. Oh, it doesn't start off like that, but as time goes on...things happen and without warning, the calm trip turns into something totally different. Now, the first reaction is to bring the plane down and end the flight.
I was watching the Weather Channel one day and something interesting came across the television. The subject was tornados and although they spoke of how devastating the tornado is, its damage during the storm, all the caos it causes, in the eye of the storm was the most peaceful place. Things are turning, moving, breaking, all is dark and it seems as though nothing good can come out of this. And yet, at the very top of this storm, there is such a peace. A Peace with what the world can't give.
Every eye is on you, they know the fight that you have. They judge and tell you how impossible it is to accomplish any goals. Defeat is calling and telling you to decrease altitude, you are Soaring too high. They try to convince you that the AIR up there is too thin and you know you can't operate in those circumstances. You hear so much negativity that you begin to tell yourself that maybe decreasing altitude is the best option. I can't see in front or even looking back is blinding. Beneath me is sinking and I'm so weighed down that I dare not look up.
But God! (The Pilot) Knows every situation. He built us and in all His Children, He has put a certain level of strength that enables us to maintain altitude in adverse conditions. When birds fly high it takes strength to maintain altitude. They strive to get to an altitude that is right for them. Then when they get to the desired altitude, Soaring is easy - At that point they know they can maintain. They find a certain Peace at those heights. Getting there and maintaining takes work. God has instilled in His Children all the necessary equipment needed to get to that certain height and maintain altitude, even in adverse conditions.
Whatever the tools God has given you, flawed or not, keep maintaining altitude even if you can't see the finish line. Obstacles may be all around you, but keep maintaining altitude. Haters give you 101 reasons why you can't, but maintain your altitude. And even when the tornado hits and devastation is everywhere, keep maintaining altitude. We serve a God that gives Peace in the eye of the storm and with just one word, even the winds and the sea obey His words, "Peace be still."
It's been a while since Chef and I have reached out to you, but battles can be very distracting. I'm not sure why we were engaging in warfare in the first place? The battle is not ours, it's the Lord's. Sometimes The Lord will allow you to be in a holding pattern to capture your attention. There are so many lessons to be learned through observation.
Speaking of observation, trending is constant. When one topic stops trending, another one takes its place. Most people like to talk about the Popular Trends that usually involve the success or failure of something or someone else. In the category of Marriage, there is a Trending Topic that most people ignore. It's a ugly flaw that has been silently accepted over a long period of time. After all, "Who gone check me Boo?" An intrical part of Leadership is having a system of checks and balances. If there isn't one, people tend to make up there own rules and consequences. Since our last Post, many couples have reached out to thank us for addressing the issue of "Blackmailers." It has redefined, redirected and renewed a lot of marital relationships. In typical "Blackmailer" fashion, they will move on and find another unsuspecting victim instead of using it as an opportunity to become self-sufficient. But...back to the Trending Topic in Marriages this week, "Cookies and Milk."
Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Snicker Doodles, Lemon and Sugar. There are so many different varieties of cookies in this world. Every person has their favorite and typically, cookies are paired with a tall, cold glass of milk. Cookies are made in batches by the dozen. If you're really fancy, a Bakers Dozen which has thirteen cookies instead of twelve. Ref, "what does cookies have to do with marriage?" I am so glad you asked.
The Trend is Bakers who have gone from having their own Bakery and marketing their cookies in such a way that will attract High-End Patrons who are willing to pay the price for their products, to giving them away for speaking engagements, job promotions, all types of advancements and bragging rights. We can't for the life of us, understand "Why?????????" Why would you go through all the trouble of going to the store, shopping for just the right ingredients, spending all that money on the best quality ingredients, make the cookies and then give them away to any and all "Cookie Monsters" who give you a second look?
Have you ever watched a "Cookie Monster" in action? They start off taste testing one of each type of cookie because to them, all cookies are important. CM can tell you about the flavors, textures and what makes each cookie special. Then suddenly, CM becomes uncontrollable, gluttoness, messy and starts eating every cookie until they are gone. Why? Because all of the cookies are important. Maybe that's why Bakers have started to give their cookies away? Bakers want to feel needed, desired and important, even if it's only for one night.
Did you know that CM brags about the cookies? CM describes all "Cookie Encounters" in great detail. CM also doubles as a Food Critic after sampling all the important cookies. Scores are given for taste, texture, smell, sight, timing and then averaged for an overall score for Experience. So before the Baker could get another batch ready, future Patrons have already read the reviews and determined from someone else's experience, whether or not they would like to visit that particular Bakery.
And you wondered why you've had a sudden influx of customers and how they knew what to order before ever seeing the menu? Only problem with the increase in business, is that you will never make a profit. Why? Because you are giving them away for free. You are buying all the supplies, doing all the work and will never see the fruit of your labor. Even if you are stealing business from other Bakeries, you will never make a profit because you are stealing the fruit of someone else's labor. Remember All cookies are important to CM and as the saying goes, "Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?"
For all you playas from the Himalayas. Macks from way back standing next to a pink Cadillac who think you're all that. The mere fact that you still think those lines work or are still relevant to this day and age, lets everyone know just how lame you are.
For every woman who has been the audience to these tired "pick-up lines," especially from a married man, No Means No. I understand there is a generation of women who say no, but really mean yes. At least that's the lie you're telling your boys and yourself. I understand there is a generation of women who have made their millions from Sugar Daddys, extorting money, cars, body enhancements and clothes from married men by threatening to tell their wives. I think the mistake on that one is, do you really think your wife is that stupid not to know? She may not admit it out loud, but believe me when I tell you, a wife can smell the scent of infidelity before the car ever turns down the street to come home. You think a shower or bath is going to hide the stench of your betrayal?
So Husbands, if you still want to fight for your marriage, stop paying the Blackmailers. Wives, if you still want to fight for your marriage, stop paying the Blackmailers. You can't take care of your Home and the Streets. Even if you can, stop it.
The blatant disrespect for marriages is unsettling. It's not getting better. It's getting worse. Just because there are a generation of people that have accepted the notion of "Boys will be Boys" and "While the Husband's away, the Wife will play," doesn't mean that holds true for ALL marriages. This is NOT a game. This is NOT your fake life you portray on social media. This is Real Life with Real People. The sooner you realize that, the better off you will be. The saying goes, if you want respect, you have to earn it. Well in this case, respect is being demanded. Stop going through life thinking that when God made the male human anatomy that he only made one for you and that yours is the largest and most sought after. One thing that is for sure, after you have gone through life giving it away so carelessly, there couldn't be much left to be desired anyway.
For those of you who are on the slow bus, here are the top 10 signs that No Means No:
Salutations to all the Fellow Wives! Shouts out and much respect to those of you who are holding it down by "Acting Like A Lady and Thinking Like A Boss." It looks good on you. Happy National Women's History Month. Please keep striving to make your mark. You've got this!
Ladies, we need to talk. This article is no intended disrepect to anyone, but it appears, there's an issue which needs to be addressed. It happens once...I'm like ok. It happens twice...I'm like, naw... It happens the third time...I'm like really?!?! It happens the fourth time...I'm like, "where they do that at?" And before you get started, I'm not talking about any personal experiences from myself. Everybody knows ChefRickey2013 don't play that. Real talk, he's not the one you need to be concerned about. Lady Allen don't play that. Lady is not just a title, it's a way of life. So "put some RESPECK on it. And I ain't going say it no more."
So you married a wanderer...and how is that someone elses fault?!?!? The level of blatant disrepect in marriages and towards marriages are at an all time high. I can't really say it's on the rise because that would imply that at some point it was lower. How does someone flirt with another person right in front of their Spouse, like they ain't even there? Ladies have you set the bar that low in order to "get a ring on it?" And here's the insane part, the Wife gets mad at the person their Husband is flirting with. #WOW
It made me start to think, is this a Cultural thing? Geographical? Social? Economical? Trend? Acceptable? I've been trying to pin it down to one specific thing and to be honest, I haven't been able to. The saying goes, "boys will be boys" and now, they can add "girls will be girls." If you've married a boy, then that's your choice. But don't get upset when he has an adolescent episode and you're unable to de-escalate his behavior. In the same breath, don't get upset when he has an adolescent episode and then go out an mimic his behavior. Both parties are wrong and need to take responsibility for their own choices and actions.
Stop blaming the unsuspecting. Quite frankly, I'm sick of hearing and seeing it. I know...I know. It's hard for you to believe that not everyone thinks like you. I get it. But believe me when I tell you, there are married couples out there who really love each other. Believe me when I tell you, there married couples out there who are just God-fearing, Fun-loving, Close-knit families who are trying, with the help of The Lord daily, to keep there families together as God had originally intended. Believe me when I tell you, not everyone has purchased a Lifetime Membership to the "Boys will be Boys Club" or the "That's Nice!!! Women's Auxillary."
With some people, I'm hoping we're the Majority, No means NO. Ignore, means NO. A slight smile and a nod means, keep walking. The rolling of the eyes means, if you're doing that to your Wife, she sees you, says nothing, and proceeds to call her Auxillary mates to jump on the woman, then you surely will do it to someone else. The sighs when you're trying to be charming right in front of the Husband means, I sure wish he would shut up, he must be trying to buy some whoop tickets. If the Husband is not around and the cell phones comes out of the purse, she's texting him to come handle the situation and you have about 3 minutes to cease and disist, no one will be responsible for what happens after that.
So you married a wanderer...Pray. Counseling. Pray. Counseling. Decide. Pray. We're all about the Protection of the Institution of Marriages. But please don't blame the other person for you marrying a Lifetime Member of the "Boys will be Boys Club" or the "That's Nice!!! Women's Auxillary. Just cancel the membership.
One day while I was driving, my tire became flat. I really didn't have any money for a new one or even a "may pop tire", so I walked to the local Walmart and found a host of temporary patches. After making my selection, I proceeded to try my best to fix the tire, at least until I got the funds to purchase a new one. Unfortunately, when you apply a temporary fix to a problem or you try to use it longer than the instructions tell you, you tend to get complacent to the point you may forget that it was temporary to begin with.
Which brings me to the subject at hand. Couples get married and as life goes on, for some couples, the honeymoon phase wears off, disagreements come and financial inconveniences occur as hinderances to distract the Godly Union. The enemy knows if he could cut the Union in two halves, the Mission could not be completed because the two are no longer one whole. When this happens, couples begin to SELF-medicate by searching for any UnGodly source to fix the problem. Speaking from a male point of view, we look in some of the most craziest places. Family, Friends and Oh yeah, Other Females, anyone with an itching ear. And before you know it, here comes trouble.
It's like putting a band-aid on a problem, but never truly getting it fixed. It starts off with telling someone else the problem. Then whenever a new situation arises, we turn to those itching ears again. And before you know it, we get so comfortable going to that TEMPORARY fix that it seems to give you this ILLUSION of what you think is the SOLUTION. The word temporary comes from the Latin word TEMPUS which means time. I am reminded as in cooking, when we tempor something, we only have a small window of time. If too much time elapses, it could ruin the whole recipe.
Now you know how these temporary situations come along. They only come along for the ride as long as you're scratching those itching ears. But as soon as you fail to entertain THOTS, it blows up. Just like that tire, when it blows up causes more damage than if I had just looked for a better solution. See at the end of the situation with my tire, I never even thought about checking the trunk to see what options I already had available that were already mine. It finally dawned on me that I never even looked in the trunk. When I did, there was a brand new tire that the previous owner bought because she didn't like the way the spare looked. What I needed was already provided in what I already had. How many times do we find ourselves in Marriage or in Life try to rely on a temporary fix instead of asking God for His Direction?
He always has a ram in the bush, but we are afraid to go to Him. Temporary is just that, Temporary. It only last for a short time. But God deals in Permanent Solutions that heals everyone involved.
The Word says in Matthew 18:20 KJV that, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." And if I read the scriptures correctly when Jesus was present, the whole situation changed. Especially when demons were around, they fled when Jesus came around and in one situation, they asked Him could they flee?
In a nutshell, let those temporary fixes go and keep your Permanent Solution. It will save you time, energy, money and a trip to the Courthouse.
I was talking to a friend the other day and He asked me, "Why wasn't I interested in a certain female?" He knows I'm married and he knows my Wife. After I got over the initial shock of such an outlandish question, I told him my answer.
Why would I give all my greatness to a Mediocre woman? I have Greatness at home in my Wife. At the end of the day, it's not about calling any woman Mediocre, but it's like in math when you add two halves together, it equals a whole. So when the right Woman is joined with who God has designed as her other half, the Bible says, "the two shall become one flesh (One Whole). The biggest problem in Marriages is Infidelity. It dances around ("...and she twerks, she twerks.") trying to lure that half away from (His joining force), the other half. One-half plus one-half plus one-half, does NOT equal one Whole.
One of the definitions of Mediocre is barely adequate. It just does not measure up. Trust me I am by no means saying that I or my Wife is all that, but together, with Christ as the Head of Our Lives including our Marriage, we are unstoppable. The Bible says, that when there are two or three joined together in His Name, He is there in the midst. The two being, the Husband and Wife, three being, Christ, Husband and Wife. In this day and time, Marriages need Christ in the midst.
Lastly, catch this, I noticed that in Matthew 8:24-34 KJV, when Jesus was around, demons knew that their power was powerless. Greatness can only maintain being Great by allowing Jesus to shine from within. No matter what kind of darkness that comes our way, we can see a way through The Way. Believe it or not in a different parable, Jesus told His disciples not to throw their pearls to swine. Wow.
Mark 3:25 KJV states, "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand."
I was just sitting here thinking about houses and the wide variety of construction of houses. In my lifetime of almost 45 years, I have seen some pretty raggedy, run down houses and some pretty stunning ones. I'm sure we've all seen the ones that look immaculant from the outside and then you go in and the mess makes you want to vomit. This is a luxury item, that so many people place so much emphasis on yet sometimes take for granted.
Chef and I had a house once. I was so excited. After all, that's what most Parents who are trying to provide a better life for their children do. They work hard to aquire things that they think would make their family as a whole better. I can remember looking at the new Subdivision and the layouts of the streets. There was nothing but cows and open grassy fields before the construction started. I remember picking my house from a floor plan. They didn't have a model built for us to tour, so I studied the models to see which one had everything I ever thought I wanted in a house. I wish you could have seen it. It had five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, two family rooms and a back porch we could sit on and watch our children play until the sun set. It was the place where I thought we could raise our children in, entertain people we love and just be "normal" for a change. And then one day, it all fell apart...so I thought.
Often we pray and ask The Lord for things we think will make our lives much better, for whatever reason. Some times He allows us to operate in His Permissive will instead of His Decreed will. Sort of like when Parents give their children or child permission to do something, knowing that they will have to be the ones to come to their rescue but the Lesson turns out to be the Blessing. My Bishop has been teaching a series that makes you go back and take a second look at the scriptures. In Genesis 50:20 KJV, God allowed Joseph's brothers to betray him, and to deceive their father, so that He might bring the Israelites (few in number) to Egypt, where God would spare them, and they would greatly multiply. I didn't realize it at the time, but it was God's Decreed will for me to suffer the loss of that house. After it was all over, I was left in such a state of gratitude because I realized He was keeping me and my family from dangers both seen and unseen. The devil tried to use the one thing that I thought would make our family complete to almost destroy us all. But God in His Infinite Wisdom, All-knowing, All-seeing Diety, did not grant him permission to allow that to happen. And for that, I am forever grateful, humbled and thankful to Him.
In marriage, a house divided against itself will not stand. You and your Spouse must be on one accord. And the only way that could happen, is for you to cover your house with the Word of God and the Blood of Jesus. No amount or type of man-made materials are strong enough to weather the storms of this life. The storms of this life are so cold, that sometimes you can't even trust your own family. That's why I believe Jesus said in Matthew 12:50 KJV, "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." It's sad, but it's true. Only trusting in The Lord and submitting to His Decreed will and plan for your lives will keep your house covered.
Division is defined as the disagreement between two or more groups, typically producing tension or hostility. Check your roofing materials to see what is producing tension or hositility in your house. Is it so important that you would exist miserably in His Permissive will instead of living in His Decreed will? Are you strong enough to take a loss and keep on moving together as a Family Unit? Will you both look to Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of Your Faith to see you through loss, even when you don't understand it? Sometimes to lose is to gain. Philippians 3:7 KJV says, "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ." What I have gained from my loss is so much more...it's my opportunity to fulfill my Destiny.
In the end, I have my life and the life of my family. That's all that really matters to me. The house is not in the brick and mortar, it's inside of you and you carry it with you wherever you go. And if I never get another house in this life, I am confident that I have a house, not built by the hands of man. It was built by the Carpenter who just happens to be the Potter. Who just happens to be the Prince of Peace, the Holy One, Son of the Living God, Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Rose of Sharon, the Bright and Morning Star, the Lily of the Valley, the One that everything He made was not only Good, but it was Very Good. To coin a phrase, "Come on somebody!!"
So I would like to encourage you and your house to stand united together because a house divided against itself, cannot stand. Remember sometimes to lose is to gain...Your Destiny depends on it.
I was reading Revelations the other day and I cam across a scripture in the fourth chapter, verse ten that had me totally baffled. It spoke of how the Elders bowed before the Lord and cast their crowns at His feet. Now to my understanding, these crowns were rewarded because of their endurance in Life on Earth and how that through all the Heartache, Blood, Sweat, Tears and most of the time, Public Humiliation, they never gave up the Faith. Not only that, no matter what their earthly or Heavenly status, it was no problem for them to yield everything to The Lord.
So I asked The Lord with everything they went through in Life to get rewarded, they gave it back to You? Now, the act of throwing their crowns were not done as an act of Respect, it was an act of Yielding. That was my struggle. Instead of telling me, He showed me. Without question it became very clear to me. We work very hard in Life to make it everyday. Not to mention, the good and bad we fight through to have a successful marriage. Health is a fight. Friendship is a fight. Work is a fight. Christianity is a fight. Love is a fight. Almost everything we do is a fight.
Paul said He fought the good fight. And in Heaven, God rewards you with a crown to say Thank you for all the good work. Glory to God! When I look back to reflect on how God has always fought All of the Battles for me and made it possible to claim the Victory in Jesus, I know I could have fought harder by having more Faith. When I think on how Great God is to me and my family while we are here on earth and I know we don't deserve it... I can't help but to Yield all at His feet as the Ultimate Act of Worship.
It's time for us to Worship God in everything we do and have. Our Forefathers and Mothers use to say, "If I had ten thousand tongues, I couldn't Thank God enough." Yielding is our Ultimate Act of Worshipping and only then, will everything work out for the Good. When we surrender to our problems, our enemies, or even our so-called defeats, we feel defeated. But when we surrender everything to God, no matter what, we have the assurance that Victory is coming. No matter what it looks like now, Victory is Coming.
Actually, I've found that Victory is already here. It's in our Worship. Gather your family and Come Worship God with me and my family? Worshipping God together as a family unit is a Spiritual Umbrella that will cover not only your marriage, but your entire household. Use the Word of God to cover your household and to teach you how to worship. Worship cannot be penetrated by Rain, Wind, Sun or any other elements that may come against the Family.
Psalms 34:3 KJV says, "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together." God is going to make a way no matter What! I have seen it time and time again. And even in the Greatest fight of my Life, God gets the Ultimate Glory and Victory is surely mine. It is no wonder why the twenty-four Elders threw their crowns at the Feet of God.
The Chef and The Ref, as we are more affectionately called, are just two individuals who God joined together in the Spirit and then in the Natural to walk through the challenges of life together. We have been married for 27 years and have four amazing children. We get many calls, text and emails asking us questions about a variety of topics as it relates to marriage. This blog was inspired by the Holy Spirit and an answer to the growing demand of couples who inquire about our experiences in marriage as it relates to their own. We do not make any claims of being anything more than two sinners, saved by grace who wanted to give couples an opportunity to have safe conversations that will make their marriage stronger. The Chef and The Ref are both licensed and ordained Ministers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ who wanted to create a safe platform for married couples to converse about a variety of topics.