Wednesday, September 29, 2010

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper...Isaiah 54:17


"til death do us part"

No one willingly signs up for uncomfortable situations, painful relationships, or stressful circumstances. Our flesh doesn't want to suffer anything. Our flesh only wants to be pleased, our flesh only wants to be in a pleasant situation, and our flesh only wants pleasing circumstances. For we know that Jesus suffered for us all... if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together(Romans 8:17) The vows we vowed unto God on our wedding day are a preview in a sense of what can come up in marriage...in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, and for better or for worse. For worse seasons will come and to most it is only natural to want to run. The Bible says no weapon that is formed against you shall be able to prosper...so that let's us know that the weapon(s)---for worse seasons---will come and will form, but will not be able to take you out...it's not going to work. The weapon is not designed to be able to work, it's faulty. The enemy has designed so many weapons against marriages, but we know that he is a defeated foe. I declare and decree that there has been a "RECALL" in the name of Jesus on every weapon that the enemy is using to steal, kill and destroy marriages. There has been a RECALL on the "d" word, adultery, drug addiction, alcoholism, verbal-emotional- physical abuse, abandonment, lies, and financial distress...the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which SHALL BE revealed in us. Romans 8:18.I'm So Glad God has the FINAL SAY. He is faithful and ABLE to do all Things, continue to trust God.

Written by Stephanie Hamilton Brown

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

“For By Thy Words Shall Thou Be Justified…”

Family Confession
“For By Thy Words Shall Thou Be Justified…”

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In the Name of Jesus,__________________ family declares for this day that Jesus is Lord of our lives and we believe He is alive from the dead. Therefore, we Are Saved!! Because we’re saved, we’re also redeemed. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse for us. We’re redeemed from poverty, sickness, and spiritual death.
For poverty, God has given us wealth. So, we declare that all our needs are met; we’re out of debt, and have so much more to put in store. We’ve given and it is given unto us good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will men give into our bosoms today. We expect for money to come our way in abundance, because our God promised to pour out a blessing to us that we would not have room to receive. Therefore, ministering angels go forth today and bring to us a return on our seed sown that is ready to be harvested. GLORY BE TO GOD FOREVER!!

For sickness, God has given us health. So we declare that our bodies are consistently well from the crown of our heads to the soles of our feet. I Peter 2:24 says, “by whose stripes ye were healed.” Since we were healed, we are healed. Therefore our bodies must line up with the Word of God. Every organ, every fiber, and every tissue of our bodies function in the perfection to which God created them to function. Every disease germ and every virus that touches our bodies die instantly in the Name of Jesus. Our immune systems are strong and healthy, fighting off every foreign invader. To aid in our health, we eat correctly, avoiding those things that knowingly damage the body. And we trust in God’s grace for any mistakes made in ignorance. Unless the rapture happens first, we will live to be at least 120 years of age, free from sickness and disease. For God said, “with long life will I satisfy you and show you my salvation.” GLORY BE TO GOD FOREVER!!
For spiritual death, God has given us eternal life. We will never be separated from God. When we leave our bodies, we will be immediately with God. For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We are His. He is ours. We are one together. He has given us joy unspeakable and full of glory. So, we refuse to be depressed or discouraged about anything. He has given us peace that passes all understanding. So, we refuse to worry or be concerned about anything. We simply roll the care on God. We do our best and then rest. He has crowned us with favor for this day. So, we declare that we’re favored by God. We have favor with God and man. People do great things for us daily. Everywhere that we go, favor goes before us; follows us; and surrounds us.
My family walks in the blessings of God. No weapon formed against us will prosper this day. The blood of Jesus is upon us and upon our possessions for covenant protection this day. The angels of God are encamped round about us to see to it that no harm or danger will come near us in any way. We are blessed in the city and blessed in the field. Blessed in the basket and blessed in the store. Blessed coming in and blessed going out. We are the head and not the tail. Above ONLY and NEVER beneath. We love and serve the Lord with all of our mind, heart and soul and nothing shall separate us from His love. This is a good day!! One that we’ve never seen before. One that we’ll never see again. So we’ll give God, my family, and my ministry my BEST today.
God’s first, but our family unit is next in priority. We are a tight knit unit - strong and united. We enjoy spending time together. Each member of our family is valuable and we appreciate how God uniquely designed us. We celebrate our achievements and stand by one another in times of adversity. We covenant to love unconditionally and serve each other faithfully. We are kind and respectful, giving preference to one another. We always speak the truth in love, while being open to listen to what others have to say. There is nothing that we can’t share, because we cultivate an environment of intimacy and openness. We face all challenges together with God knowing that the blessing that’s on our family always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus. GLORY BE TO GOD FOREVER!!

Shared by Melinda

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Can you STAND to be BLESSED?



No one wants to be uncomfortable, stressed or go through any type of suffering. This thing that we call flesh doesn't want to suffer anything. 1Peter4: 1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too.

Can God TRUST you with TROUBLE?

Job1: 6 One day the members of the heavenly court[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,[b] came with them. 7 "Where have you come from?" the Lord asked Satan. Satan answered the Lord, "I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that's going on."

8 Then the Lord asked Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job?
9 Satan replied to the Lord, "Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does.11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!"

12 "All right, you may test him," the Lord said to Satan.
(New Living Translation)

The enemy is roaming the earth seeking whom he may devour. The enemy's assignment is to destroy what God honors.

Can God TRUST you with TROUBLE?

When "For Worse" seasons come... your husband continues to cheat on you, your wife uses cocaine, you are so sick and tired of the name calling, constant lies, your husband doesn't appreciate you, your wife won't have sex with you---

Who can STAND to be BLESSED?

We all want to be BLESSED. We even sing the favorite well known song during offering: "We're Blessed in the city, we're blessed in the field, we're blessed when we come and when we go-o-o..."

We want blessings from the Lord, but don't want to be TESTED.

Job lost all he had. His Position. His Family. His Health.

Can God TRUST YOU to STAND...when it hurts, when you are disappointed, in death, being ridiculed, constant lies, frustration, pain, financial burdens...

1 peter 4: 12 Dear friends, don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.

2 Tim 2:12 If we endure hardship, we will reign with him.

1 Peter 3:14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don't worry or be afraid of their threats. 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life.19 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

The enemy is the author of CONFUSION but, I'M SO GLAD GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY.

Romans 8:18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.

If we were to lead our lives on what we have felt...what we are feeling...what we have seen...what we are seeing with our natural eyes...we would be---LOST!!!

We must not trust in what we see, but what we don't see. We must walk by faith and not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7

Allow the situation or situation(s) you're facing build your faith.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Happiness is based on happenings. Happiness must be an internal thing not external. Don't base your happiness on people, because Man will fail us every time. We can only be accountable for our actions.

STAND.
Psalm 55:22 (New Living Translation)
Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you.

STAND.
Isaiah 54:17 (King James Version)
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;

STAND.
Psalm 37:4 (King James Version)
Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

STAND.
Ephesians 6:11 (King James Version)
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to STAND against the wiles of the enemy.

God is faithful. We must PUSH..."P" pray and praise "U" ntil " S" omething "H" appens.

STAND until your Blessing is Fully Come.

Written by Stephanie Hamilton Brown-Remembering our Vows to Pray and Stay 8-24-10

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So you know, Throwing in the towel is no longer an option!!!

Last night the enemy was trying to distract me with the circumstances and issues that my husband and I are facing. It's like this "Challenge" just brings out the worst of things my way. I thank God for the power of the Holyghost!

When we continue to listen to all the lies that the enemy tries to speak to penetrate our hearts and mind with doubt and fear, we allow the enemy to have the victory. We must tell the enemy to SHUT-UP and where to GO!

The only thing the enemy can do is lie, do not entertain another one of his lies. There is power in the name of Jesus. Plead the blood of Jesus and rebuke every demonic spirit out of your house.

The enemy wants to:
STEAL-to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, esp. secretly or by force.
KILL-to deprive of life in any manner; cause the death of; slay.
DESTROY-to reduce (an object) to useless fragments, a useless form, or remains, as by rending, burning, or dissolving; injure beyond repair or renewal; demolish; ruin; annihilate.

The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy MARRIAGES.
We must be aware and understand that the enemy's assignment is to steal, kill and destroy.
The enemy's position of responsibility is to steal, kill and destroy.
The enemy's post of duty is to steal, kill and destroy.
The enemy's like is to steal, kill and destroy.
The enemy's task is to steal, kill and destroy.
The enemy's interest is to steal, kill and destroy.
The enemy's obligation is to steal, kill and destroy.

We must cover our spouses. Cover for protection, Cover for concealment, Cover for warmth, Cover to shelter, Cover to protect, Cover to serve as a defense for.

In the Bible, I Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband.

Change the way you look at the circumstances and the issues you are facing in your marriage as opportunities for God to work in your life. God created us for His purpose to be fulfilled. God knowing ALL...If you got it, you have been equipped to handle it. Remembering the vows we vowed to our spouse and to God-- For better or For worse. The "for worse" seasons are going to come and they can be very uncomfortable.

"I Will" For Better or For not good in any manner or degree..(for worse)
"I Will" For Better or For causing or characterized by discomfort, inconvenience, uneasiness, or annoyance; disagreeable; unpleasant...(for worse)

It's Day 10 of the Challenge.

So you know, Throwing in the towel is no longer an option!!!

Written by Stephanie Hamilton Brown 8-10-10

Friday, July 30, 2010

Married with children …and no longer complaining!

PHIL 2:14(NIV) Do everything without complaining or arguing

I have been married for over 11 years and God has blessed us with three beautiful children. Like most working moms I spend 40- 60 hours a week working in my profession and then come home and spend the rest of the over 100 hours working another full time job being a mother and a wife. I put 100 % of myself in all I do and am not ashamed to say I do a pretty good job of it all. I’m am up before anyone else is up, I find some time to exercise, I make breakfast, fix lunch bags, start dinner, start a load of laundry, feed the baby and take the kids to school. I make my rounds at the hospital and then head over to the office to see my first patient all before 9am. After work it’s dance class for the kids, homework, dinner, finish that load of laundry, get clothes ready for tomorrow, hair time, bath time, whew! When daddy comes home he gets a big hug from the kids, puts them to bed, and then asks “what’s for dinner!!” The next day it is much of the same. I know I can’t be the only one with a schedule like that! I personally know women with longer to- do lists than mine!!

After a while though, if we lose our focus and forget to thank God for the strength He provides us with to do all things then something happens that can throw our lives completely off balance. We start to complain. I found myself complaining about everything. I mean everything! I complained I was the only who took care of the house, and kids, and why did I have to be the one doing all the cooking, and why couldn’t I sleep late on the weekends and why can’t I come home and put my feet up and what about my feelings, blah, blah, blah, blah!! I even complained to myself about complaining so much. It was driving my husband crazy and I know the kids wondered why I looked so stressed out all the time. Complaining was sucking all of my energy and I knew I had to stop.

But God…God is so good, so merciful, and so gracious in all His ways! He reminded me gently the words found in Philippians 2:14-16 “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life- in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” Of course the Lord corrected my motives too! He said “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3: 23-24) Finally, the Lord exposed my selfishness and let me know that my complaining was not in line with the noble character of the virtuous woman- the wife whose husband has full confidence in and whose children call her blessed. (Proverbs 31:10-31). What a wake-up call that was for me!!

I am married with children and I no longer complain. I set about my day vigorously just like the virtuous woman. I look at all I do as an opportunity to serve Him- my Lord, my Savior. I look to the hills because that is where my help comes from. His Spirit lifts me up when I am down and where I am weak then I am confident He is strong. I thank and praise God so much more than I used to that there’s no room in my heart to complain! Patience and peace live there now, and I am a better wife and mother for it!

written by Maribel Scott

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Travailing

Jeremiah 9:17-18:
Thus saith the Lord of host, consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning(skillful) women, that they may come; And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.

There will be times when our husband will not only need us to just pray for him, but to travail on his behalf. (There will also be times when we will need them to travail for us.) Men face so many different issues, that they need us praying for them without ceasing. Some issues require for us to travail on their behalf; for breakthrough, to destroy yokes, to pull down strongholds.

When our husbands are weak, The Bible says that the Holy Spirit travails through us. "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance to the will of God." Romans 8:26-27

We can contribute to our husband’s happiness by travailing in prayer for them. Travail about issues that are most dear to their hearts.

Travailing can mean to bare, bring forth, or distress. Travailing can even mean to act as a midwife to one. What does a midwife do? A midwife helps bring new life. Travailing and pouring out your heart on behalf of your husband (or anyone) brings about great change. Through travailing prayer we can powerfully intercede for our husbands and such intercession involves spiritual warfare and the birthing of miracles. How awesome is that; that God entrusts us with the responsibility of birthing miracles!

Whether your husband has been saved for years, just a few days, or is not saved at all, both of you will benefit greatly from your travailing prayers.
Jesus spent so much time travailing in prayer, weeping before His heavenly father. Let’s follow His example. Another saint that comes to mind that travailed in the bible is Hannah. Hannah was barren and travailed in prayer to have a child. It did not come to her easily. Hannah travailed before the Lord so hard, that Eli thought she was drunk. She weeped, cried, moaned, and groaned so much so, she was mistaken for a drunk! Wow!

Travailing prayers work great victories; not only did the Lord give her a child, but she became the mother of 3 sons and 2 daughters.

Ladies, take time and travail for your husband when you feel his burden; and when you see the fruits of your labor, you can say like Hannah, “For this I prayed”! I Samuel 1:27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him…

written by Angelica Hamilton

Friday, July 23, 2010

Self Evaluation

I just want to share my testimony about the power of prayer, self evaluation, and most of all Love. I have never participated in a community prayer, so when Stephanie invited me to call into the Morning Prayer on Thursday’s I was very hesitant. My marriage like several other marriages is not perfect. We have disagreements which leads to arguments that then leads to words being said that will eventually bruise that individual. This is how my marriage was going. Dr. Emerson Eggerich gave an awesome name for the actions that continued to occur in my marriage. Dr. Eggerich with Love and Respect called those events the “Crazy Cycle”. Even though I took responsibility for the things I may have done, did not do, say, or did not say, I continued to express to my husband what he was lacking to do, or say. He would always tell me “how can see my faults but can’t see yours”. I would just ignore him because I felt as though I entered our marriage under “false pretense”. I also felt as though he breached the contract for which we had both agreed too.

It was not until the Thursday morning I called in and actually poured my heart out to God. I didn’t speak my usual prayer of “Lord please change my husband. Lord open his eyes to see what he is doing wrong according to your word…” God lead me into a direction of praying that I had never done before. I began speaking about ME. I requested God to please show me what I am doing wrong. I asked him to please help me be the wife I was created to be according to His Word. I also asked God to help me be more SUBMISSIVE to the Head of my Household. I then began to hear His voice. It was so Loud and Clear I was overwhelmed. I believe God knew I was overwhelmed because it was if he gave me a hug and I was able to calm down to acknowledge, hear, and understand what he was saying to me. He sent me to his word Matthew 7:1-5:

1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

When He said this to me I then understood what my husband was saying to me all along. We as women sometimes like to look at our spouses and blame them for all the wrong that occurs. We tend to “knit pick” every little thing our husband does wrong. We should take a step back and think about what have we done or did not do that could have contributed to the issue we are facing. We also have to realize that it is not our spouse we are fighting against but it is the ENEMY. According to Ephesians 6:10-12
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
He also made me aware that if I claim to have the Holy Spirit dwelling in me my actions will reveal such. I would get easily frustrated and angry with my husband over little things but that is not of God. He told me to read II Corinthians 13
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Women, look around when you go to church. We are lacking our men. The Enemy is attacking our men physically, spiritually, and mentally. The Enemy does not want marriages to work. If you are wonder why…it is simple…Marriage is ordained by God. Marriage is a covenant made between one man and one woman and the piece that holds it together is GOD. The enemy knows is cannot eliminate God so he goes for the next best thing…God’s creation…either the Man or Woman.
Women…we have to fight for our marriages as if our life depends on it. We can’t just give up because we believe our husband “breach the contract”. We have to let the Enemy know We know who he is and fight him just like Jesus did…with the Word.
Women lets be like the virtuous women in Proverbs 31 “…she openeth her mouth with wisdom and her tongue is the law of kindness…” Let us lift our men up to Christ. Let us all conduct a self evaluation and commit to changing our ways. Let us commit to loving our husband as whole heartedly for we know no matter what obstacles that come if we love and show love no matter what we will win “…and now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love” II Corinthians 13:13.

I am sharing this with you all because through my self evaluation I realize that I was not praying a sincere prayer to God I was only complaining. I realized that I loved my husband but I was only showing him love when he showed me love. Finally, I was not respecting him as the head of my household. We are instructed to respect our husbands in Ephesians 5:32.

To all my the women living for Christ…have you conducted a self evaluation of yourself? Are you praying a sincere prayer or are you complaining to God? Do you love your husband the way His Word instructs us to or are you showing him love according to what he does for you? Are you showing your husband you love him? Are you respecting your husband as the Head of the Household?

Written by Shajunia Snider Brown

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Love

Love – a word that comes and goes, but few people really know what it means to really love somebody. Kirk Franklin

Ladies, how are we loving our husbands? Do we really know what it means to love our husbands? Marriage can be the most intense environment for practicing love. I have learned that I can’t do this thing on my own, I have to love with God’s love. That’s where I was falling short in my marriage. I was trying to love my husband with my own love (which really wasn’t love) and I failed EVERY TIME. Loving with God’s love allowed me to love my husband even when he had mistreated me. My life and marriage work better when I love with God’s love, which is the only way we can love right! I don’t always get it right, but I’m still learning what it means to love with Christ’s love.

Talking to God about your husband is an act of love. Stormie Omartian (author of The Power of a Praying Wife) says - Prayer is the Ultimate love language. It communicates in ways we can’t. Something happens to our hearts when we pray for another person. The hardness melts. We become able to get beyond the hurts, and forgive. We even end up loving the person we are praying for. It’s miraculous! It happens because when we pray we enter into the presence of God and He fills us with His Spirit of love. When you pray for your husband, the love of God will grow in your heart for him. Not only that, you’ll find love growing in his heart for you, without him even knowing you are praying.

I have asked God many times how can I pray for him and I don’t even like him right now! Then
I began to look at my husband through God’s eyes. Knowing that God loves my husband just as much as He loves anybody helped me to see him the way God sees him. Seeing your husband as a son whom God loves can be a great revelation. Stormie Omartian

It is often easier to pray about our mates than it is to pray for them. “Lord, I don’t like what he is doing…” That is praying about our husband. But the Scripture says that even if someone has despitefully used you, you are to pray for that person. Praying for our husbands has nothing to do with our rights, how we are treated, or what the he may be doing. It is our responsibility, no matter what the circumstances. When we pray for our husbands, we have the privilege of seeing God work in his life as a result of our prayers. The greatest gift we can give to our precious husbands is to pray for them. Let’s love our husbands with the same kind of commitment that you already have to loving yourself. Jesus set the example for sacrificial love, let’s follow His example. How could your sacrificial love smooth over any areas of your marriage?

Challenge love your husband with God’s love. The only true love there is.

By Angelica Hamilton

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