My husband and I are getting ready to speak at a United Marriage Encounter Weekend. United Marriage Encounter holds many weekends every year for couples that want take their marriage to the next level. It is a great opportunity to learn a new tool for communication and practice it while on the Weekend. It’s like a tune-up for your marriage. We need annual tune ups for our car. Why are we not thinking about our marriage the same way?
UME is a 100% volunteer organization, so it takes many hands to make the work light. There are numerous tasks that need to be completed before the couples arrive on a Weekend Friday night. My husband and I are the executive couple for the local community and assist with the many tasks that help the Weekend go on without a hitch. We have been volunteering since 2016 which was our original Weekend.
Our first task is always prayer. Prayer is first because spiritual warfare is strong. The enemy does not want marriages to become stronger. If anything, the enemy wants to destroy marriages and families. This way the foundation is cracked and is vulnerable to attacks. We need God in our marriages to keep our perspective when the attacks occur.
My husband and I often walk into the Weekend on Friday singed from all the attacks. If the enemy can reach us, then the UME Weekend can be affected. God always fills our cups as we pour into the couples on the weekend. I am amazed every Weekend how God shows up and we walk out as refreshed as the couples.
We all know, where God calls us, He also prepares and qualifies us. Carl and I are far from perfect. We are two ordinary people willing to be used by God. He receives all the Glory as we share our stories on the Weekend. We often say that we are God’s cosmic joke teaching marriage tools when we both have been married three times. The awesome part is that GOD gets ALL the credit when we present on Weekends. He qualifies us. He gives us the words. He is in control, and we don’t need to feel unqualified. I am so thankful for His calling on our lives.
But don’t forget, where God calls you, the enemy is right around the corner ready to attack because that way he can ruin your testimony. Staying on our knees in prayer helps us to be humble and remember who is really in control. This is His weekend, not ours. He is the one reaching the couples, not us.
With all the hours and spiritual warfare, you might ask - Why do we do this? One thing I have learned in my pursuit of His will is that you cannot outgive God. He called us to be a part of this marriage ministry. And like the loaves and fishes, we never walk away with less than we put into the Weekend. We give our time, and our finances to bless couples we don’t know because God called us to do so. When we do, there are miracles that happen each Weekend.
What has God called you to do? Remember where He calls you, He will qualify you. Whether it is your time or finances, you cannot out give God. Pray today to see where you can be used in the Kingdom.
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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
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