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The Washington Monument during the Cherry Blossom Festival

That Is One Trip We Will NEVER Forget! Washington DC

The Washington Monument at Sunset
The Washington Monument at Sunset

We took our children to Washington DC for a few days over spring break. What a joy! We were able to see so many wonderful things: the monuments, the Mall, the Cherry Blossom Festival (with the cherry trees at their peak), the U. S. History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the outside of the White House, etc…ย There were about 1 million visitors in DC the weekend of Easter. The weather was perfect and the blossoms were at their peak.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery

We became pros at riding the subway in Washington – the “Metro” and their new paperless fare system and we never lost our children on the subway! I am super glad for that. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was interested to see how everyone on the subway just quietly stayed on their phones. No one talked to anyone else – unless it was a tourist who was lost or confused. When they asked for help, the locals were very friendly and knowledgable and willing to help. But generally, no one made any eye contact with anyone else and just stayed totally to themselves. I guess that is a way that those who live in a big city show respect for each other while having to share such tight quarters, perhaps? Our daughter quickly decided she preferred the subway to riding in our car because she could sit by me and cuddle the whole time. She thinks South Carolina definitely needs a subway, too.

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At the Tidal Basin – the Cherry Blossom Festival

The trip will be especially memorable because we were leaving the Capitol building on Monday just as the shooting happened.

The shooting incident happened behind us inside the building. We didn’t hear – or didn’t recognize that we heard – the shots. But we heard a police officer behind us yelling, “Get down,” and when I looked back, he was running to fall on the ground behind a wall. I thought maybe he was tackling someone. Then we heard other police yelling to everyone, “Run!! Run!!”
We ran has hard as we could for about 2 blocks with other people running near us, not knowing what had happened or how widespread the incident was. One lady called someone on her cell phone as we all ran and said, “A shooting?” ย I didn’t bring my asthma inhaler that day because the Capitol Building has gotten very strict about people not bringing in liquids. With the heavy pollen and so much running, I had my first asthma attack in years – my lungs felt like they were on fire.

Actually, I had some concerns about going to DC after the attack on Brussels the week before. I felt that DC could be a prime target for some kind of attack, especially around Easter. But then I realized that – for all I knew – we could face a similar threat at home going to church, school, a restaurant, work, or a theater. Last week, there were several random shootings on bridges in South Carolina, sadly. This is such a crazy world we live in! I am extremely glad to know that God is in charge and that He knows how many days each of us has here on this earth. I trust Him with our lives. I’m thankful for His promise to be with us and to never leave us or forsake us that I could cling to even in the midst of running for our lives and all the chaos that happened that day.

The Capitol Building last Monday
The Capitol Building last Monday.

We saw police streaming into the area within 30 seconds from everywhere. Barricades went up on First St. To keep cars out except for police vehicles. Suddenly, the police that had been on shift all had machine guns and were directing everyone away from the Capitol.ย We made it to the Supreme Court building steps outside and sat down. A female officer there asked if she could help us. We told her what happened. She didn’t have details yet, but said the last time something like this happened was 1998. She helped lighten the mood for our children and offered to call for medical help if I needed it (because I was struggling to breathe for 10-15 minutes) while a police helicopter swooped directly overhead just above the buildings. More police cars kept coming and coming.ย Those who were in the Capitol Building at the time of the shooting had to stay sheltered in place on lockdown for an hour.

We were so grateful to God that the situation was quickly handled and there was no loss of life. The crowds were massive this past week. Our tour guide at the Capitol building told us they had 10,000 guests that day alone.

We want to extend our thanks to all of the police and security officers for being so vigilant and well-prepared. We also thank and praise God for the police and for safety for everyone involved.

SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT WASHINGTON – ย THE GLORY OF GOD OR THE GLORY OF EVOLUTION?

One thing that really struck me in Washington was the contrast between US History Museum and the Museum of Natural History in Washington. In the history of our nation, there is constant and unmistakable evidence about that our founding fathers sought to honor God in the documents they wrote and that they based their writing and beliefs on His Word, primarily. The Bible was held to be sacred by most of these men who formed the Constitution and designed the system of government for our nation – even by those who were not Christians. (I am not saying that everyone who was involved in writing these documents lived godly lives that completely honored God in every way – but I am talking about the documents and writings upon which the nation was founded.) Now, at the Museum of Natural History (and every museum, I suppose, except for The Creation Museum), evolution is taught as undisputed “fact” it is no longer labeled a “theory” even though it still is a theory.

It breaks my heart to see how many people are being misled to believe that evolution “created us” and that there is no God. We are the same as animals.

World War 2 Memorial at night
The World War 2 Memorial at night.

Evolution is now one of the most widely held “religions” of our culture. With it, we can refuse to believe that God created the universe, and if we can do that, we can choose to believe that we won’t have to answer to Him. We no longer have to worry about anything being “right” or “wrong.” We are free to do whatever we want to do. And we think there will be no consequences whatsoever.
We can reject what God says about sin and about our guilt before Him. We can reject what He says about hell and the sacrifice Christ paid on our behalf to give us the only way there is to be right with God and to know and love Him forever and to enter heaven. We can ignore that there will be dire consequences that will last for eternity based on our choices here in this lifetime.
Masculinity, femininity, marriage, and family can be whatever we decide they should be. Morals can be whatever we think is best at the time. We are now in charge. We are god – that is humanism. We have the power to declare that what God says is “wrong” and what we think is “right.”

It is mind-blowing to me that people can look at the complexities of the universe, physics, biology, chemistry, ecological systems, the earth, and all of nature and miss that an eternal, sovereign, powerful, good God created them all.

So tragic!

May we share the truth of God’s Word with the world that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)! If we don’t understand that Genesis 1:1 is bedrock truth, we will certainly not believe any of the rest of the Bible. I’m so thankful God has provided His Word as the source of absolute truth in a world where things are very confusing and dark.IMG_1424

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at the corner near our hotel
at the corner near our hotel

45 thoughts on “That Is One Trip We Will NEVER Forget! Washington DC

  1. April,

    Welcome back! We missed you. Thanking God for your safety. What an ordeal. I’m so glad we have God to cling to at all times, but especially during these unsettling times. What a blessing that He will never leave us or forsake us.

    The THEORY of evolution is actually insulting to one’s intelligence. I’ve actually studied it quite a bit, and it can be scientifically disproven without even bringing the Bible into the conversation. It’s fascinating to me that so many highly educated people have not only fallen for this theory, but believe that those of us who know the truth are just bumbling fools. I started studying evolution vs creation long before I was even saved. Even then I knew that evolution just didn’t make sense, and I was flabbergasted anyone would fall for it, especially my “educated” teachers!!

    If you walked into a room and saw a working wristwatch, and you asked me who invented it, and I told you, “Nobody. Over millions of years, the pieces just came together and started working” you’d look at me like I was crazy. I’d be insulting your intelligence. You know someone had to create the watch. Now, how much more complex is our universe than a wristwatch?

    (There’s a great quote by a famous physicist I’ll have to find and share that relates to this.)

    Okay, now take all of the parts of the watch, and put them in a bag. Start shaking it. Keep shaking it for a million years. Let me know when the pieces all link up and form a working wristwatch. Keep shaking…

    These are rudimentary examples for this discussion. We could go much deeper. I actually enjoy discussing these things. I don’t know how anyone can look at God’s creation, all of the intricate details, so finely tuned and working together in the exact right way, and not see the hand of God.

    Many humans don’t want to be held accountable for anything, and so in a weird way, evolution comforts them. If they don’t have a Creator, they have no one to be accountable to. That’s why they fight for it so intensely, to avoid facing the truth.

    Anyhow, welcome back!

    1. Becca,

      Thank you!

      Yes, it would take way more blind faith to believe evolution than it would ever take to believe creation, from my perspective. I love the wristwatch example. Thank you so much for sharing!

      Romans 1, as Lori Alexander was talking about, describes how people purposely choose to turn away from God and we believe that we don’t have to be accountable to Him if we can explain Him away to ourselves. We can deceive ourselves in such destructive ways, sadly.

      Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am glad you are okay. That must have been so frightening…I don’t know what I would have done in such a situation with little kids!

    Blessings,

    Abiola.

  3. Hi April, I’m happy to hear that you and your family are safe and sound after the incident in DC. I also was in DC with my family during Resurrection weekend and had the opportunity to visit many of the sights you posted. In reading your article, I read a comment that I do not particularly agree with it. I find it problematic because it is a widely held belief that I’ve heard throughout the years regarding the founding of this country. The comment is, “In the history of our nation, there is constant and unmistakable evidence about that our founding fathers sought to honor God and that they based their writing and beliefs on His Word, primarily.” Comments like these fail to recognize the true history of our country. America was built on the backs of slaves. A people who were stolen, murdered, whipped, shackled, raped, beat, branded, and mutilated into submission. Our founding fathers were not seeking to honor God. They used God as a means to enslave people for their own benefit. Comments like the one above make it all to easy for us to dismiss the actions, consequences, and the history of slavery that our country was founded upon. America has a painful and tragic legacy and unfortunately, honoring God was not a part of it. Yes, God’s name was used in many of our nation’s writings, etc. However, adding God’s name to something doesn’t automatically mean one is seeking to honor God. Just adding another perspective to the conversation. Be blessed.

    1. Natalie,

      Thank you for bringing up this point. There were some glaring blind spots in the founding of our country that are difficult for me to fathom. We went to the Native American History museum and the way they were treated many times was just AWFUL. ๐Ÿ™ And in the name of God. ๐Ÿ™ BREAKS my heart completely to see that!

      And you are right, there were slaves involved in the earlier centuries of the building of America. A new museum is being built by the Smithsonian Institute for African American History. I’m sure they will have many displays about it, but even in the US History Museum there were some displays about the evils done in the name of slavery, although it seems like maybe some were closed for renovations right now.

      It is difficult to imagine how the people who could write the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence could not see the equality of all races of people. It is also difficult for me to understand how they could not see the equality of men and women. Those who mistreated others will certainly answer to God for that. I do not want to – in any way – say that slavery was a good thing, or that mistreating others was bringing honor or glory to God.

      But I am thankful that the godly truths they shared in these founding documents for our nation eventually did lead to people realizing that both genders and all races and all people have equal worth, dignity, honor, and value before God and should have equal worth, dignity, honor, and value in a free society (even though we are still not doing this perfectly – as we are not honoring the lives of unborn babies at this time, and we seem to have no problem with killing millions of them, and we obviously have major issues with racism even now – which is heart-breaking).

      What I was contrasting was the writings in the buildings – how some of the buildings (The Library of Congress and the US History Museum, in particular) actually had paintings and carvings that honored God and gave glory to God. The documents upon which the nation were founded gave glory and honor to God. The Bible was respected and revered as truth in the writings that birthed this nation. But in the Museum of Natural History there was not one word about God that I saw, at least. There was no glory given to God, only to evolution.

      Thank you so much for sharing such an important point! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Much love to you!

  4. I am so glad you are okay. That must have been so frightening. Don’t know what I would have done in such a situation with little children with me!

    I was just sharing with a friend about my recent experience on one of my social media accounts. I posted a picture and a ‘random’ person who is not my ‘friend’ liked this picture. I decided to return the favor and checked this person’s account and I regretted that action immediately.

    ‘These people’ believe there is NO God! It’s sad, amazing and scary all at the same time. You don’t want to be drawn into conversations with these set of people. They claim to know the Bible inside out…taking the words out of context and making a mockery of the living word and the very essence of our being. I refuse to say their name!

    What can we do other than to keep praying without ceasing while striving to keep standing when He comes? The world is really becoming scary everyday.

    He who stands…

    Blessings,

  5. I am SO GLAD you are okay!!! Thank you God for protecting April and her family! My goodness. I hope you didn’t need to go to hospital for your asthma? Gosh.

  6. According to Romans 1, everyone knows there is a God. They just refuse to acknowledge Him as such because they want to live their lives the way they want to and not be accountable to anyone. “They hold the Truth in unrighteousness.” {Romans 1:18}. They know the Truth but they don’t care and chose to live godless lives instead. They scheme up all these “theories” like evolution in hopes of getting others to believe their lies.
    They become more and more blinded by the enemy of their soul as they chose contrary to God and His ways and towards evil. Then finally, God gives them over to reprobate minds.

    This is what has happened to America. People keep choosing to do evil instead of good, thus their hearts are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. This is why we must be in the Word consistently, walk in obedience to His ways, and show Jesus to a lost and decaying world. Thank you, April, for speaking the Truth of God’s Word!

    1. Lori Alexander,

      We are certainly seeing Romans 1 unfold (again) in our society today. It has happened in other cultures in the past. But we have not learned from history, sadly. How I long for us to see that God is who He declares to be in the Bible. He is sovereign. He is our Creator. He is our Sustainer. He is the source of our clean water, our food, our electricity, and all of our supplies. He is our defense and shield. All of the blessings this nation has experienced are from Him and yet we are now so prideful thinking that we have done all of this for ourselves and we don’t need God. All that we have can be taken away. As we continue to rebel against Him, I believe we will continue to see His hand of protection removed. He will allow us as a nation to experience the consequences of trusting in other things and people (idols) but not trusting in Him so that we can see that those things cannot save us.

      In the Old Testament, when Israel would forsake God and go after idols, God gave them time to repent, but eventually, He began to raise up enemies against them that they could no longer defeat because He was no longer with them. I think that is what we are seeing now with terrorist groups and even these random shootings.

      How I pray that God might bring a massive Great Awakening to our culture and our nation to draw millions to Himself. He is at work. He is already waking up so many and radically changing them. He did this for me! And for many of us here. I long to see that continue to spread throughout His church around the world and to see countless people come to know Christ as Lord and come into the Kingdom. That is my prayer! May He empower us to continue to grow and to shine brightly for Him for His glory!

      1. What comforts me in these days is that God would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah if there had only been 10 righteous people. We must continue to cling to the Lord and His ways praying that He will have mercy upon this land. We must not stay quiet but be bold in the Good News of salvation and how we are to live.

        1. Lori Alexander,

          Yes, I am thankful for God’s patience with us and His mercy. I pray He might give us the ability to shine more brightly and that He might add many to our number. He is able to cause a Great Awakening! America is not beyond God’s reach.

  7. I thank God He kept you and your family safe and that there was no loss of life. I pray you little ones will remember this incident as evidence that there God was watching over them and that there hearts will be strengthened and that they wouldn’t have nightmares or fears as a result. Bless you.

    1. Charli,

      Thank you so much for your prayers for our children. ๐Ÿ™‚ We have continued to thank God for His protection and talked about how He is with us protecting us every day, even though we don’t see it many times. We also talked about that even if we get hurt or something bad were to happen, God is with us, He is sovereign, and He will ultimately bring about our good and His glory through every situation in our lives. We can rest in His promises to us.

      Much love!

  8. Wow, I can’t imagine what running with your family must’ve been like. Happy all are safe. Lori Alexander you are so right, I wish there was a book that explains to Christians why evolution can’t be true, something I could explain to my teenagers. Sometimes I don’t understand how if scientists found traces of man millions of years ago and have evidence, how can I teach the opposite. This area always confused me. Anyway, April my husband thanked me for reading a part of your blog. It was actually a very sweet text he sent me thanking me for reading the ‘web blog lady’ and he appreciates our Christ centered conversations. He knows how much I appreciate this site.

    1. http://www.icr.org

      Institute for Creation Research

      I have always taught my children about evolution, and why it is wrong – not just biblically, but scientifically. They will be faced with it, and challenged with it, and I want them to understand why they believe what they believe. I think it’s so important that instead of teaching our kids what to think (blindly) – that we teach them HOW to think. They need to be able to think for themselves and to think critically.

      I think it’s great that you want to explain this to your teens.

      And scientists haven’t found traces of man millions of years ago, because the earth isn’t millions of years old. Carbon dating has a lot of flaws, and even non-Christian scientists have published articles about the problems and inaccuracies of it.

      I could go on for hours (as a former biology major at a secular school who has never bought into evolution). But for the sake of the comments, I’ll keep it brief.

      Good job teaching your kids the truth!

  9. So glad you all are ok. I’m glad you were able to take in the beauty of our Spring here in DC. I didn’t make it down there this year for cherry blossoms but did last year. You sure got to a lot of sights, that’s great. May God continue to bless and protect your family.

  10. April,
    God our Fathers blessings, grace & peace to your soul, and to your husband & your children as well. That is quite a thing to experience. I ask that God holds each one of you in His arms right now.
    Praise God for His blessings on you, your family & everyone there that day.
    Your words under “… The Glory of God or the Glory of Evolution” could have come from my own mouth. It seems especially challenging with our children because they are constantly fed “evolution” by the schools, internet, tv, peers, etc. I thank you for the last sentence of this post. It is so true.
    God’s blessings my dear sister in Christ. : )

    1. In Christ Alone,

      I think we were shaken up for a few minutes, but we have all been doing well since then. We were all safe. Everyone else was safe – except for one visitor who had a shrapnel injury but it was thankfully not a life-threatening injury. Our 3rd grade daughter said the next day, “Mama, I don’t want to go back to the Capitol again.” I can certainly understand that. And she wanted to text her friend about what happened and her teacher. Our 8th grade son seems to be handling things okay. He became very protective of me after that. He is even taller than his dad now, so he walked with me and our daughter walked with her Daddy the rest of that day, especially. Our daughter was a lot more clingy with her Daddy than usual that day. I totally understand why!

      Later that same day, our daughter was watching a “walk” sign and started right out into the crosswalk, not noticing a car was coming. Thankfully, the driver slammed on her brakes very quickly. We made sure we were holding her hand every time after that! We saw God’s protection very clearly multiple times that day, actually.

      Thanks for praying for us.

      I think I may have been insulated a bit from all of the evolution stuff because many of our children’s teachers have been Christians here in SC, and they really haven’t pushed evolution the way I think some teachers do maybe in other areas. We had a lot of conversations as a family about evolution (we often do), but we had more as we were going through the Natural History Museum and I would encourage the children to replace the word “evolution” with “God” as I always do. But we talked about some of the displays and the evidence together. I asked our children if their teachers (they go to public school) tell them evolution is fact and they both said, “no.” But these are certainly important discussions families need to be having today.

      After we got back home, there was that terrible shooting in Virginia, and then there were multiple shootings on bridges in SC last week, too. It is on the news almost every single day – another random shooting. I think we are becoming desensitized to it. That breaks my heart!

      I know God has each of us here “for such a time as this.” May He empower us to be faithful!

      Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. And the sweet reminder of His grace & beauty …ahhhh, Cherry Blossoms…just in time for you to enjoy…how wonderful is that…thanks for sharing!๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. So glad you guys are safe and had a great family time ๐Ÿ™‚ God is so good to His children!

    Random Thought for the night!
    1 Chronicles 20:22

    We can sing as we go into battle knowing that the victory is already won and our rest is based on a completed work. Our joy is not obtained by our circumstances but by FAITH in an infallible God and His word. Yay!

      1. God is working April ๐Ÿ™‚ He is sending forth His angels in circumstances and sending forth His Spirit of peace.

  13. I do not understand why creation and evolution have to be separate. To me, God speaking the universe into being sounds EXACTLY like the Big Bang. My husband is a scientist and believes God designed creatures to evolve. Do we know whether the universe is a few thousand or several million years ok, no. However, we do know that God created it. The word day in the Bible does not mean a 24 hour day in the original language. It can mean MANY kinds of time. I don’t know how long it took him to create it. I just know HE DID. To me, too many Christians try to put him in a small little box that they can control. God is bigger than that.

    Glad you are safe and I know many people on here will not agree with me. However, I felt like the Lord wanted me to say this.

    1. Hazel,

      The Big Bang is separate from evolution, at least in my mind. God could certainly have created everything out of nothing that way. And yes, there is a certain degree of evolution that happens that is observable in a species. We took wolves and bred them to create all of the different breeds of dogs, for example. But they are not monkeys or humans.

      And yes, I agree that we don’t know exactly how long those first few days were before the sun and moon and stars were giving light. I have no problem accepting that we don’t know how long creation took in the beginning and for how long the earth was without form and void.

      Great points!

      Much love!
      April

    2. Hazel,

      Respectfully, I don’t believe it’s Christians trying to put God in a little box they can control, but an understanding of the use of the Hebrew word for “day” in its context that determines it’s meaning. In other words, what Moses was trying to communicate to the people living in the time he wrote, there are surrounding words that give the word “day” an implied 24-hour meaning in this context.

      In the Pentateuch (Torah), every 162 times the same word for “day” (“yom”) is used that’s used in Genesis chapter 1, it is always meaning a 24-hour day. (Just one example of that is in Exodus 20:10.)

      For a more thorough explanation, you can read from Institute for Creation Research here:

      http://www.icr.org/article/meaning-day-genesis/

      There’s a link for dog breeds from wolves and foxes discussed on that site, as well, since April brought up dog breeds.

      http://www.icr.org/article/how-did-wolves-become-dogs/

      With sincere love to you!

      1. Also, the prose style of Hebrew writing needs to be taken into consideration when reading Genesis. The first two verses make an historical broad statement, then the following verses layout how that was done on the first day, second day, etc..

        It gets confusing sometimes to read scripture when we look at it as modern day English speaking people talking to one another. There are lots of resources to give a deeper understanding of the cultures of the day and how the Hebrew or Greek were used.

        I’m not trying to stir up controversy or disputes, I just felt a need to pass along what I hoped would give more clarity on a subject already introduced.

        Love to you!

  14. hey april! Glad you are back and you and your family are safe and had a memorable trip. i loved reading about all the good and bad you went through.
    it too brakes my heart about the whole evolution thing ๐Ÿ™ that is devastating to hear.

    i was curious about how your husband handled the situation of you having a panic attack? Or if you dont want to say, curious as to how much you focus on your husband in those situations, sometimes when i am hurt or in a place where i need medical attention if my husband doesnt act in a way that seems caring to me i kind of get pretty upset, and insecure. which is so stupid.
    like one of the ladies on the FB page, i will find myself at a times where i really feel led by the spirit and not my flesh and then one things leads to another and all the sudden out of no where i find myself doing those things that repel my husband and didnt even realize i was doing them! ๐Ÿ™

    well lately i have reallllly been repelling him. i am asking for prayer because i didnt really even realize i was doing all those things, i was still attending bible study still praying daily and seeking the lord but i was treating my husband disrespectfully and demanding love from him… so embarassing. i believe God allowed us to get to this point though because out of my mouth finally spewed a sin i had been struggling with and once i told my husband (in the midst of a fight which is a bad idea) he did not say one word. he left and has not been back for 3 days.

    so im trying to not make this too long but basically satan has been lying to me and ive been believing him that my husband doesnt love me!? And he’s been putting thoughts in my head about an ex boyfriend who “loved me so much more” (NO) and i fell into the temptation and texted my ex. just to talk and he said somethings like asking if im ok which my husband never does and basically i got what i wanted out of him. just text messages. i got that little kick of oh im loved by him and that was it. well a few days later my husband did another something i precieved as unloving and let me just tell you looking back, absolutely not, it was not unloving at all!!! so i texted my ex again. i asked if he would come cut my grass, (backstory, we just moved and dont have a lawn mower at the moment. my family and his fam were very close, still somehwat are, we are cordial, friends, dont see or talk often maybe at church and my husband and him have decent convos, his family owns a landscaping company) he said right away he would come cut my grass. (my husband was not home, and i asked my ex to come over to our home.) after a little bit of im guessing nudging of the holy spirit i didnt even want to go there or put myself in a position this dangerous so i told him i couldnt today and was going to be gone and not to worry about it, and the conversation ended there even though he tried to keep it going.
    i told my husband all of this. and told him if theres one thing i remember about that relationship its that he loved me no matter how unloving i was! I made my husband feel another man used to love me way better than he does. this is so bad, this is awful. i cant believe i did this. and i didnt mean any of it.

    he didnt say a word, he got up, grabbed some things and left.

    this was 3 days ago.

    since then i have been on my face in prayer, and asking for forgiveness, i have been in my bible, i have been asking God to break soul ties of my old relationship, i have been asking god to let my husband forgive me.
    I have recieved a peace and a joy from God, i dont have fear about our future, because i believe God is going to heal us. He has opened my eyes to a MASSIVE amount of pride in my heart.

    I have sent my husband a few text messages explaining this and what god is doing in my heart and asking him to please forgive me and come home. i said i know these are words but please give me a chance to prove to you. but i also told him, if he needs more time and decides not to come home i respect that and understand and whenever he does it will be a safe place and i am looking forward to a hug & kiss. *{ i also when out and bought him something hes been wanting and not able to get, to give him when he decides to come home.. his love language is gifts.}

    so after that no response. that was just 2 texts over the coarse of 2 days. i havent been bombarding him.

    then today i woke up, sent him a scripture ( we do this often) & said i hope you have a great day, i love you!

    still no response from him.

    i do believe God is in the process of healing us!! & i am coninuing in prayer all day everyday But i am so distraught at how ive hurt the man i love and who loves me!!!

    What else can or should i do after something like this?
    ive apolgized
    let him know where i stand
    got him a gift
    sent scripture
    praying for him
    not expecting him to come home or anything from him
    just giving gim space and time
    and then i am going to be ready to change my ways when he comes home!

    I am really ready to accept my husband for who and how he is and to love and submit to him the way god commands me to. i am done listening to the enemys lies and my eyes have been opened. Is there anything else i should be doing during this waiting period?!

    please pray for me & for my husband!!

    1. learning wife,

      Greg rubbed my shoulders a couple of times when I was having an asthma attack (or maybe more precisely, bronchospasms), and gave me a bottle of water. Then he was talking with the police officer from the Supreme Court and waiting for me to get well enough to be able to walk so we could leave. My focus was not really on Greg very much, just on trying to catch my breath and drink water because my lungs were burning so much. And I was glad he was talking with the police officer because she was able to offer us information about what was going on that was helpful, even though none of us really knew more than that there had been a shooting.

      Oh goodness! ๐Ÿ™ I sure do wish you had not contacted your ex. I know you agree and wish you had not done that either. But I am glad you are seeing where you went wrong and that you are repenting from that and want to honor God and your husband. I would certainly suggest deleting your ex’s phone number and making a serious promise not to contact him or any other man again.

      It sounds like you are on the right track. I’m glad you aren’t bombarding your husband. At this point, he may just need time and space to process, would be my guess. I believe it may be time to patiently wait and let him return to you, unless you clearly hear God prompting you otherwise.

      Please check out this post, it may be helpful:

      “When Your Husband Says, ‘I’m Done'”

      Please continue to seek Christ wholeheartedly and continue to be willing to get rid of anything God says to get rid of.

      Some other posts that may be helpful, you may search my home page for:

      – insecurity
      – security
      – emotions
      – fear
      – idol
      – responsible
      – feel loved
      – disrespect
      – respect
      – apologizing stories
      – security
      – contentment
      – closeness

      Much love to you! I pray for God to work in your heart and your husband’s heart and bring healing and to create a strong, godly marriage that will bring much glory to Him. I’m so glad you can see what you have done that repelled your husband and pray you will continue to seek to learn how to bless him and how to be the woman and wife God calls you to be.

      1. Oh my April! Every time I write you on here and ask for advice/prayer, it is not long before some healing arises. You are a righteous woman whom God answers your prayers! I am glad I reached out to you. I am very upset by my actions and wish I could take them back. But am choosing to forgive myself and receive gods forgiveness and after writing to you and praying I deleted his number and vowed to God never to do that again! My husband reached out to me!!! To tell me he loves me and forgives me he is just upset and needs time, he explained a little what’s bothering him and after I replied with my answer he asked if I was ok with deleting his number and never contacting him again for the safety of our marriage and for myself and God not just for him and I said yes!!! That I have already done that! And God has removed soul ties. I explained it was not my ex that I was thinking about but when my old sinful behavior pops back up I am reminded of him and how he handled it differently than my strong husband who has a backbone and does not let me walk all over him, it was sin I was cherishing in my heart not my ex!! I am so thankful God did not allow it to go any farther than text messaging and I am so incredibly thankful to God that he has allowed my husband to forgive me!! Idk when he will be home but I am going to give him more space and continue to pray. Thank you for your guidancce and prayers and for continuing in your blog that has helped bring life to my marriage

        Much much love and thankfulness from the learning wife!

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        1. Learningwife,

          WOOHOO! So thankful to God for what He is doing in you!!!! And so thankful for the grace and love your husband is extending and that he is a strong leader and will not stand by and be severely disrespected. I’m grateful for his backbone. And I am grateful for the eyes God has given you to see. I am so thankful you realized you needed to delete that number and that you already did it before your husband even asked you to. That is AWESOME!

          Much love to you! All glory to God!

        2. hi, i love your story. the verse says ” Resist the devil and he will flee from you” .

          i pray that you’re relationship with your hubby will be restored until your last breath. Just hold on to HIs promises that He will not leave you nor forsake you.

          God bless!

  15. โ€“Charles Darwin, the founder of evolutionary biology, as quoted in his autobiography.

    โ€œThe ultimate reason of things must lie in a necessary substance, in which the differentiation of the changes only exists eminently as in their source; and this is what we call God.โ€

    โ€œWhence it follows that God is absolutely perfect, since perfection is nothing but magnitude of positive reality, in the strict sense, setting aside the limits or bounds in things which are limited.โ€

    โ€“Charles Darwin, the founder of evolutionary biology, as cited in his book Descent of Man.

    โ€œThe question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.โ€

      1. Hi April,

        I am doing great, how are you? I was wondering if you would write a post on when a person has lost their desire to read their bible and pray. I try to do these things ,but they just seem like a chore; when I used to truly enjoy reading and praying.

        Also, I saw that one of your recommended books was by Laura Doyle called “the surrendered wife.” I would like to know how you feel about her book the surrendered single. I read it and enjoyed it.

        I am really happy about all the things that GOD is doing in your life ( Hope to hear from you soon). Blessings

        Shy

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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