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dreamstime_s_47557978 Karen, When you announced the small group study last year, my friend was really on fire about God Empowered Wife. I was skeptical at first. I knew it had blessed her. But I wasn’t really sure it was going to help me. After all I thought things like – I wasn’t the leader in our home – I was the submissive one – my husband was the boss…at least these were my thoughts. But she was so excited about it that I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try! My marriage had always struggled but I always blamed it on my husbands history of having been raised by a very abusive stepmother. All our problems stemmed from this – I thought – it was all his problems – not mine. But I liked the name “God Empowered Wife”. I at least knew I needed to be one of those! Read More→

Oct
29

Miracle Baby

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    A note from Marien: Karen, I have some big news. I was diagnosed to have polyps on my uterus and thus not able to have any more children. I was going to have a surgery, but we had some problems with the insurance company and I had to suspend the surgery for the time being.

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101_1158April 23, 2013 [Your Letters, GEWife, Marriage]
Hi Karen, What a blessing your first class has been to my marriage already! I never thought that I was trying to control my husband with some of my actions. He is much more than I asked God for, but as soon as I started to implement some of the tools that you gave us things have been even better. (Yesterday in class, I understood that by doing some things in my marriage I could bring problems to it). Well, yesterday, after he got home from work Read More→

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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-fireplace-image28685903 April 18, 2013  [Your Letters, GEWife, Marriage]
Dear Karen, This is a little, somewhat humorous testimony of how God started to show me that this idol of the heart thing from the God Empowered Wife course about God’s Word really works. Although it is seemingly such a minor thing, the experience gave me faith that led to me confessing other idols in my heart and resulted in dramatic changes in other areas of our life. Through this one little thing I gained the confidence to trust God with those other, bigger things and miraculous things have started happening . . .

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Dec
14

Bully Dad

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December 15, 2012 [Your Letters, Marriage]   Dear Karen, Recently an acquaintance gave me a copy of your book. We had been discussing submission in marriage and I have to say I was greatly opposed it. In my childhood my father ruled (and bullied) and I was determined I would not be ruled by my husband! I also felt submission was not for me as I was a believer and my husband wasn’t. Plus as a choleric personality type I love control and decision making (and wouldn’t easily give it up!) We are approaching our 7th wedding anniversary (I became a believer about 4 years into the marriage) and we are expecting our 2nd child. I have been frustrated and tormented by his lack of interest in God. I have begged and beseeched God to have an encounter with him, I have asked fellow Christians to pray for him all with no result. Read More→

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October 19, 2012
[Marriage] 

Dear Sister KarenI hope you are well with your family; I am doing fine though very busy. I promised you that I will be sending some testimonies. It has taken long because I have been translating and putting everything together, since most of the women they use their mother tongue and Swahili.  Read More→

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August  30, 2012  [Your Letters, Marriage] Karen, Prior to beginning this process I felt like a single mother of 4 kids, living in a marriage that “existed” but that wasn’t “living.”  I figured if I just tried harder, achieved more, looked prettier and complained louder, my husband would notice me and help me! Instead he seemed to meet me day after day with criticism and dismissal. The fighting was frequent and loud and there was a constant edge in the air. I seemed to end each day with slumped shoulders and I lived in an abundance of self pity. My prayers to God were very much ones of ‘change my husband! Grant me patience! Take away the pain!’ Read More→

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August 10, 2012 [Your Letters]  My husband had a big project deadline coming up at work and it was his first big project with this company. He mentioned a few times to me how stressed he was, and that he was feeling very inadequate, and that’s pretty unusual for my husband (he’s very chilled out most of the time). Normally I would have started throwing out solutions and suggestions (“Have you tried this? What about that? Could you speak to such-and-such and see if they could give you an extension on the timeframe?”), but instead I said “That sounds really stressful. I’ll be praying for God to bless the work of your hands.” and then I offered to pray with him right then . . .  Read More→

Jul
24

Anger to Joy

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 July 24, 2012 [Your Stories] I want to share some amazing things God is doing in my life. My husband and I were having some issues with our marriage, particularly in sex. Saturday morning I was so so so angry because I want my  husband to change, to realize my needs and fulfill them. I couldn’t see how I could make him understand he should care for what I want or need. I was angry about having to change, having to get out of my comfort zone, having to worry about or care for him. I didn’t say anything though, and when he asked me what was wrong I said, “Nothing.”

We went to the park and it was such a beautiful day. I looked at our daughter playing and thought how beautiful, big, and healthy she is and realized my stupidity. I asked God to forgive me for having such a hard and self-centered heart. I thanked Him for my husband and my family and all the ways He has blessed my life with things I hadn’t even considered important, like a family, and I asked Him to help me. Read More→

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July 11, 2012 [Your Stories] In the past if I was going out I would always leave my husband with a long list of instructions on exactly what to do with the kids and when. On my return I would quiz him as to exactly what happened, and it would usually fall short of my expectations. Then there would be some degree of dissatisfaction or argument that would follow.  Read More→

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