Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Hello, my name is Jeanette. I am happily married to Scott, and we have 2 beautiful children, Ian 16 and Bryson 9. But it wasn’t Always a Happy marriage, actually it was quite the opposite.
As a young, unequally yoked couple, (18 and 20) we became pregnant & decided to move in together, Not knowing what consequences would come with our childish actions we continued living by the world’s standards. Months later we had our first born, Ian Jacob. He was perfect! I wanted to be the best mother for this God given blessing so of course my first thought was God. I would regularly attend church. I didn’t care if my husband was going to join us or not because he typically was hung over on Sundays. At this time Scott had been drinking just about every day after work and on the weekends. He was good to me when sober but because he liked to socialize and drink with his family and friends it slowly started getting ugly. We would argue about his parenting, his friends, & the family that didn’t seem to care that alcohol was breaking apart this little family. A couple years later, through our ups and downs Scott decided to join us for Sunday services and we officially became married through the church. Unfortunately, the drinking became worse after my father in laws death in 2008. I became angry and felt left alone since our friends and family didn’t want anything to do with a sober lady. The family would tell me to loosen up and allow my husband to have fun and be young.
My reality was hell on earth. I said to myself “if being married was living like this, I didn’t want to be married or with anyone “I became very very angry. I started saying cruel things whenever I would talk with Scott. I figured if I was mean, nothing can hurt me, and I didn’t want to live feeling like I wasn’t wanted and always taken for granted. And of course ,the devil would lie to me and tell me it would be easier if Scott were dead than seeing him alive and having to share your son with someone you don’t even want around.
In 2009 Scott and I had separated & I became a full-time employee and worked many hours to provide for Ian and I. Sometimes I would drop off Ian at 6:30am and many days pick him up at 6pm right when day care closed. It was a very hard year and a half. My sister and brother would help out since day care was so expensive. And I barely had time to be a mom. I began to attend a few classes at church, hoping I can help myself. Ian and I still continued to pray every night and sing worship songs while getting ourselves ready for bed. It was tough.
One December evening I prayed, and it wasn’t the nicest prayer, but I prayed for Scott to get another DUI and that this time he would be afraid. Afraid of spending the rest of his life wondering what it would have been like to actually be a good father. I said God let him have tough consequences, let him have to work hard to see his son. Let him be tired of this lifestyle. My Prayer was answered!! (Come to find out his mom was praying the same prayer).
Late December 2009 he got his last DUI and was fortunate enough to attend a sober living home. I was shocked but knew God heard our prayers. Fast forwarding a little, God had slowly transformed this young immature kid to this amazing godly man that was kind, generous, and loving. Ian and I would go and visit Scott at the sober living facility. Ian was finally having a true relationship with his daddy, and I was slowly forgiving and allowing him to co-parent with me. I had been attending a divorce care class (offered at church) knowing that we were most likely going to be getting a divorce being separated for an entire year. Then, I started seeing him attending that class too. So, week after week we would run into each other there and one particular week the topic was about reconciliation. I thought coincidently we were both attending this class, but God had a plan. After the reconciliation class, we decided to go on a date. We started taking Ian out with us everywhere like a normal family. And eventually we decided we would give it another try. (mid 2010) What the devil tried to separate , God put back together.
From then on, God has been in control of our lives and relationships. We live a sober and clean life. We spend most of our time with family, friends, and our 2 boys sports events. We have lead marriage groups, a celebrate recover ministry, and are currently serving on the prayer team. And Yes, we all have our ups and downs but God will always on our side as long as we continue to put HIM first.
God is beyond amazing! I have the most amazing spiritual leader and husband anyone could have ever asked for. I pray that this testimony helps even one person who has lost hope in their spouse, or family. Don’t ever underestimate the power of prayer! Never forget that we can reconcile with our Heavenly Father and because of Him, we can reconcile with others.
James and Justina Page are college sweethearts who have been married for more than 34 years. James is an Associate Pastor and singer/musician in Houston, Texas, whereas Justina is an award-winning author, international speaker, lyricist and actor. Justina is also the founder and CEO of The Amos House of Faith, a non-profit organization serving the burn community. Together they have inspired individuals from all walks of life by their commitment to marriage and their faith in Jesus Christ.
"In 1996, despite mountainous irreconcilable differences, Tere Samayoa and Aaron Schwartzbart said, "I do" and promised Jesus that they would forsake all others til death do them part. They were convinced that God had arranged their marriage despite their differences. They were further convinced that whether or not they heard God right, a life-long promise made to God should not be broken. They determined early on that like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, they would rather die in a fiery furnace of fidelity than betray the Lord Jesus by getting a divorce. A funny thing happened over the course of 25 years of keeping their commitment. They fell in love. Although God was not obligated to make it happen, it was apparently in the crucible of fighting and forgiving and sacrificing that Tere's and Aaron's hearts bonded deeply. On August 31st, 2021 (their 25th wedding anniversary) Aaron married the most beautiful woman on the planet and today they are frolicking like newlyweds in love."
David and his wife Karen and their three children; Sahale (20) and A&M class of 22, Suzanne (18) and A&M class of 22 and Peter (16) who plans to be A&M class of 24 work alongside the FBR relief teams in the conflict areas of Burma giving help, hope and love.
The Eubank family started the Global Day of Prayer for Burma and the Good Life Club family outreach program.
To date, they have delivered aid to over 2 million people, and also conduct relief missions to help the Iraqis, Syrians and Kurds under attack by ISIS in Iraq, as well the various indigenous peoples under attack by the Sudanese Armed Forces in the Nuba mountains of South Sudan.
Through these efforts and partnerships with other organizations, David and Karen Eubank work to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and for spiritual freedom for all. Their efforts seek to strengthen civil society, inspire and develop leadership that serves the people, shine a light on tyranny and act as a voice for those oppressed.