“I grew up believing that I was a Christian, going through life doing “Christian things” that I thought you were supposed to do. I went to church, I prayed, read the Bible and I knew about God, but what I didn’t realize was that I didn’t know God. I had emptiness in my heart and something missing from my life
I found myself searching for purpose and meaning in people and in myself. Whether that was my friends or in relationships, I poured my whole heart into them. I also became very fixated on myself and my image. I became very consumed with what people thought of me and was living for the acceptance of the world.
I started working at a company with a lot going on in my life at that moment and that is when I met Henk, something about him was so comforting and the presence of God was always with him. He knew what to say and how to say it by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We did a couple of sessions together and at that time I realized I did not know God at all, I just knew about him.
After some time with Henk, he suggested some couple’s engagement over a period for us to have the opportunity to Introduce God into our relationship. Of course, myself and Wayne jumped at the opportunity as we both knew something was missing from our lives as well as our relationship and we wanted more. Henk and Hayley have introduced God into Our lives and they gave us all the right tools to get to know him personally. Our relationship with God has grown intimately and special.
Romans 12: “I beseech[a] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [b]reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
This verse will always be with me and it will always remind me that I gave my life to God and it is just a reminder to not give into this world and to also build our marriage on God and his will.
God has given us fulfillment and purpose and we had the opportunity to start our lives together with God. I know I am not perfect, and I will still mess up and evil will always try and find its way into our home, but God loves us despite our flaws and imperfections and will always be there. He has never left us, even though we didn’t know him, we had the honor to repent and give our lives to God. Thanks to these amazing and God sent people we have a relationship with our Abba father. We now turn to God with every blessing and failure and trust in his will. God has also given us a new family as Henk and Hayley opened their home and hearts to us, we are so thankful and blessed to have experienced their love and passion for our God. God has sent them on the right time and place in our lives for a reason and has given us the absolute best example of how a marriage should be.”
– Nadine: ICT
Personal Development & SHIFT Marriage