This week I had lunch with a friend that I met less than a year ago when she sent me this email…
I am bursting with things that I have thought in my mind over the past week that I would want to write to you or tell you in person. I want to testify to God’s work in bringing a breakthrough and new dimension of freedom to me that started 2 weeks ago but has been experienced most amazingly the past 8 days (or should I say nights ??) after my husband of 21 years found and directed me to your blog.
We were thrilled to find out that you are local and that you have a class starting next week. I would like to sign up for that class.
I love when God plops people into my life. The next week, she was in class where we quickly became friends, and by the end of the 6 weeks we were discussing her calling to teach the Awaken-Love class. Melanie and I have no doubt she will make an amazing teacher.
Tonight, she will meet with her church leadership as she asks for their support and help in offering Awaken-Love classes. It hasn’t been an easy road for her to gain support, in fact she has been prayerfully pursuing approval for months. It is a big step for a church to approve a study that gives the full picture of sex in marriage.
At lunch my friend shared that she has been reading Nehemiah, where it talks about the rebuilding of the city wall. As the Israelite’s began to make progress, their enemies became furious and made plans to fight them and throw them into confusion. So the Israelite’s prayed to God and guarded the city day and night. From that point on, half of the people worked on the wall and the other half guarded them.
When my friend meets with her church leadership tonight, she will not just ask for approval to use a room, she will ask for their support. She knows that reclaiming marriage and great sex in marriage is a battle and she needs her church behind her guarding her and her family through prayer and encouragement. Teaching the Awaken-Love class is a battle because the enemy loves to destroy marriage by distorting sex.
In my reading this morning, I was struck by how Nehemiah reacted when he first heard the terrible state of the wall,
Nehemiah 1:4 – When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted and prayed to the God of heaven.
My heart is broken by the way that people are being deceived about sex – outside of marriage and inside of marriage. My heart is broken by the rampant use of pornography and its affects on men, women and children. My heart is broken by the lack of churches offering help for sexual abuse, porn or good information about sex. It is time to start fervently praying for change.
Will you pray for God to raise up leaders that are not afraid to discuss sex in good ways? Will you pray for God to open the doors of the church to the broken and welcome them in and show them God’s love? Will you pray for boldness in speaking truth with grace and mercy? Will you pray for my friend to gain support from her church to teach Awaken-Love?