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THIS IS PEACEFULWIFE'S 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

My husband and me in June of this year
My husband and me in June of this year

Two years ago, my husband said to me,

“You’ve GOT to share what you have learned with other wives.”

WOW!

I can’t begin to imagine a bigger compliment from a husband to his wife!  He has been so supportive since the very beginning.  We weren’t sure what that was going to look like.  But I prayed A LOT and asked God to show me what/where/when/how.

I started sharing what I was learning in emails with a few close friends and my Sunday School class – for almost a year, I think.  And then I started sharing some things on my personal Facebook page.

Last January, a friend of mine of Facebook said, “You seem to have a lot to say.  You should start a blog!”

And that same day, I mentioned the idea to a friend at church, and I had no clue about blogging – and she suggested WordPress.

So, I started my  new, baby blog and put a few of my emails on it as the first posts.

That first week, it got about 10-20 hits per day.  Now, this week, we are at over 250,000 hits for all-time.  It’s easy to look at numbers and think that means success.  But it doesn’t!  So, I try not to look at the numbers much at all.

I pray that GOD will lead the women to me that He wants to read each post and that He will direct the timing.  I pray that God will prepare the hearts of women and open their eyes to His Word and truth.  Because, honestly, I can’t open anyone’s eyes.  And I can’t make anyone change.  I have ZERO deity ability.

But my AWESOME Jesus is powerful.  And I have seen Him miraculously change dozens and dozens of marriages – that I know of – in the past year.  Some of them looked completely hopeless from a human standpoint.  But there is no marriage that is hopeless when Jesus is invited into it by just one spouse!

My desires are:

  • to abide in Christ constantly and make Him INFINITELY more important than anything or anyone else in my life
  • to minister to my husband and children first, before ministering to others – to keep my priorities in line!
  • to do nothing apart from the Word of Christ and His power
  • to uplift Christ as Lord and glorify Him alone
  • to point women to Jesus
  • to exalt His Word
  • to expose deadly sin that we are often so very blind to – but that is destroying us and our marriages (idolatry, PRIDE, disobedience to God’s Word, etc…)
  • to explain how to repent and die to self
  • to describe how to become an obedient servant of Christ and a godly wife
  • to teach women what it means to respect their husbands
  • to teach women what it means to biblically submit to their husbands, to empower their husbands’ God-given leadership
  • to provide some practical examples for those who have no concrete, godly role models – so that women can have some place to start and get their bearings.
  • to explain the internal renewal of the mind and heart that happens to reach the place of having a gentle and peaceful spirit that does not give way to fear
  • to explain why we sometimes are living without the power of the Holy Spirit
  • to show how to be filled with God’s Spirit
  • to pray for the women and marriages of the body of Christ and to watch God work mightily in marriages
  • to see Christian women become the godly women Jesus desires us to be
  • to see Christian women support their husbands and catapult their husbands into godly spiritual leadership by our obedience to Christ and our prayers
  • to see Christian women be raised up by God in churches around the world to teach other women God’s design for living and for being a woman, a wife, and for marriage and family
  • to tear down the lies of our culture that have distorted God’s design for femininity, masculinity, Christianity and marriage
  • to see the church become healthy, whole, mature, equipped, vibrant, thriving and being and doing all that Jesus desires us to do around the world

I’m humbled and amazed at what God is doing.  It’s NOT me.  It’s ALL HIM.

I can’t wait to see what else He has in store!!!!!

Thank you to my readers!   I cherish you, care about each of you, pray for you, want to see you experience the joy and peace of doing things God’s way, and I love to hear from you.

Much love!

April

WEDNESDAYS

Wednesdays are a special day of prayer here!  You may leave a comment with a prayer request here.

Be sure that YOU are spending big chunks of time in God’s Word and prayer yourself – humbling yourself before God and seeking His face and to know His love more than anything else in your life.  Be willing to let him remove anything that offends Him.  Be still and listen to His voice.  This is how you get the power of God to move in your life for His glory!

27 thoughts on “THIS IS PEACEFULWIFE'S 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

  1. Congratulations!! I am very very grateful for your blog, it has been life changing for me! I do my best to read all your posts.
    Just a small suggestion would like to make, as a busy mum of 4, I find the posts a bit too long. As you are posting quite often I think it might be more convenient if writings are a bit more concise.

  2. CONGRATS and THANK YOU! You’ve been a blessing to me and my family and I pray God continues to use you in my life and many others! Praise God for you and this blog.

  3. Yes April. You’re doing such a good job with the help of the Holy Spirit. In this new year, may the Lord empower you to be a greater blessing first to your family, and then to the World. All the glory shall go to the Lord alone. God bless.

  4. What a milestone!!! May you continue to bless, redeem, and enhance marriages for our sweet Lord. Proud of you, April!

  5. Congratulations on your anniversary! You have become like the name of a well known friend in my life (“Look what April said today”). I pray that your ministry continues to grow and thrive. There is good work being done here and I appreciate you! God really does lead people, even online, to destinations they need. Thank you!

    1. Alicia,

      With all the time we spent hashing through things – WE ARE great friends! 🙂 I count you as a very dear friend. Thank you for your prayers. And thank you for allowing me to share this journey with you. 🙂 I’m so proud of all that God is doing in you!

  6. April,
    Again, I am so far beyond grateful for your story, your ministry, and your encouragement. It has absolutely been a game changer in my life and my marriage. I’m so thankful how God uses our junk for good and how awesome it’s been to see this with you. It’s so amazing to see life after life, woman after woman, and marriage after marriage radically changed! Thank you to you and Greg for sharing your lives and your story and prayers that God continues to keep you and move you exactly where He wants you! You are a huge blessing sister!!

    1. Emily,

      Thank you so much for the encouragement, prayers and comments. I love reading about all that God is doing in your life! You bring me so much joy. I praise God because of you!

      I am praying that God might give me more stories to share this year – lots of different wives’ stories so that women can see a variety of situations and how God works. Much love to you!!!!

  7. Happy Anniversary!!! I will never forget writing to you for the first time 6 months ago. I wondered, “will she write back, will she think I’m crazy?”. I hated you and loved you at the same time!! Lol!! I’m forever grateful to you… For putting me through ‘respect boot camp’… For pointing me to the One, for helping me become a peaceful wife!!! May God richly bless you, your marriage and this beautiful ministry!!

    1. Angelique!

      HA! I love it! I am sure you are not the only one that couldn’t decide between loving and hating me and what I said. :). I should probably use this comment in a post! 🙂

      I am SO thankful you wrote to me. That was totally a God thing. I believe we had a divine appointment. And I am SO thankful to God that He opened your eyes and brought you to that broken place where you could begin to heal. It definitely hurts a LOT first before things get better.

      I knew what God wanted to do in your life and that He and I were not going to give up on you. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE what God has done and is doing in your heart! I can’t wait to see His plans for you. :). And I know God is going to use you to minister to other wives who are in the same place you used to be. how amazing is that!?!!?

      You are such a dear friend to me, and you have brought me so much joy. Thank you for letting me walk beside you through those dark times. It was an honor!

      Sent from my iPad

  8. Congratulations!! I searched the entire web looking for a Christian voice for my marriage from a godly women’s perspective. Yours is one of only two I found, and I was more at peace with your site because Christ shines through you and your words.

    Thank you for this work:
    to tear down the lies of our culture that have distorted God’s design for femininity, masculinity, Christianity and marriage

    1. Krackler,

      Thank you! It is an answer to prayer for me that you say these things. Those are my goals. I believe God wants me here doing this. I am willing to be used by Him in any way He sees fit. Please pray that whether they hear this message from me or from someone else that every Christian woman would hear God’s Word and His truth and learn His design and His ways. Please pray we as Christian women might reject the lies of our culture, repent, turn to Christ and become the godly generation He desires us to be.

      Your comments are welcome here. If you have insights you’d like to share, I may use them for some posts. I like to give women the perspectives of women who are learning these things, and also the perspective of husbands who have felt disrespected and controlled and how that impacts marriages.

      If you would like to contribute to the lists I have for wives about what husbands find to be respectful or disrespectful, you are welcome to add to the lists.

      May God richly bless your walk with Him – I pray for healing for you, your wife and your marriage.

My grandmother is on hospice and won't be with us much longer (11-30-16). I will get to comments when I am able to but I need to be with family right now. Thanks for understanding.

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