A Fairytale Love Story- Hardships

Who doesn’t love an epic love story?  In Genesis 24, Rebecca and Isaac’s story reads much like a fairy-tale.  It was a match made in heaven- literally.  It was love at first sight.  And God wanted us to know every detail about this couples love story…

Rebecca was beautiful, pure, energetic and had a servants heart.  Isaac was peace loving, easy going, and quiet. What could go wrong with such a perfect combination?

No doubt about it they were attracted to each other and loved each other.  In fact, the word “love” was used to define romantic love for the first ever time in the Bible- about them!  But romance or none, the storms of life blew hard on their home.  Rebecca was barren for the first 20 years of their marriage. That’ll put a strain on even the strongest couple!  Isaac was passive- to a fault, wanting peace at all cost, he lied about Rebecca’s identity as his wife!  Yep, he’s Abraham’s son.  You can be certain Isaac heard about this for a long time.

Rebecca wasn’t passive by any stretch of the imagination, she was the opposite. She quickly made family decisions without consulting her husband. Oh boy, the story gets a lot more complicated when their twins were born.  Rebecca and Isaac’s communication wasn’t what it should have been…

Even though it was a match made in heaven, the story shows us that life is full of human weakness.  They were normal, imperfect people.  Humans make mistakes every day and they were no different from us.  God wanted us to see that even behind the doors of a match made in heaven, there are many faults.   Yet, in our imperfection and desperately weak flesh, He loves us- and chooses to use us for His glory!  Generations later, He used this imperfect couple to usher in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ!

Who doesn’t love an epic love story?  And whether you’re married or not, your epic love story is being written.  Your story is being inscribed.  Every detail matters to God- Every choice we make, how pure we live, how we rise above the hardships, how we forgive and how we depend on Him every step of the story.

In Malachi 3:16 it says God has a book of remembrance of those who feared Him. That verse and others challenge me every day to rise above myself. God loves to brag about His children-what will He say about how I lived my life? I want my story to be an epic love story—choices I make determine the “epic.”

If you’re visiting me today from Proverbs 31 ministries devotion, Hidden Hardships behind Closed Doors– welcome! I’m glad you stopped by. If you’d like to subscribe to my blog, I would love to have you in the family!

2 Corinthians 12:9-11, “But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. “Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  

How Will We Be Remembered?

Leave a one word comment below telling a hardship you need prayer for to enter to win a vintage apron. Our family will pray for you! Winners will be drawn next Tuesday!

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One winner will win this white and purple vintage apron

The second winner drawn will win this vintage apron. Embordered at top of apron it says, " Main Ingredient is Love"

The second winner drawn will win this vintage apron. Embroidered at top it says, ” Main Ingredient is Love”

 

  • Sam said:

    Exhausted!

    • Amy said:

      Caregiving

      • Jesus, caregiving is so hard. Would you bless Amy with more of Your presence, more of Your peace and more help right now? Send help for her Lord. Relive her and make her load light. In Jesus' name, amen

  • Susan said:

    struggling

  • Danielle said:

    Infertility...

    • Lord, You told us in the first book of the Bible to "be fruitful and multiply." Danielle wants to be fruitful and multiply as You said, make it so Lord. Help her and husband conceive children and bring them up to be mighty in Your name. In Jesus' name, amen.

  • Eva said:

    Patience.

  • Kristi said:

    Sick

  • Abby said:

    Health!

  • Susan Ruffalo said:

    Worrier

  • Tiffiny said:

    Purity

    • VIRGINIA MALAN said:

      PRISON :-((

      • Lord, minister to this family in a powerful way. Send answers, hope and restoration. In Jesus' name, amen

  • Debbie said:

    stability

  • Lisa said:

    Negativity

  • Candice said:

    Stressed

  • Jennifer said:

    finances

  • suzanne said:

    Patience

  • Raina said:

    Restoration

  • Terri townsend said:

    Son

  • Becky said:

    Wisdom

    • Lord, You tell us in James 1:5
      If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
      Becky is asking, will you give it to her today?
      Thank You Lord!

  • Jessica said:

    Heartache...


    • Lord pour the oil of joy
      instead of mourning,
      and a garment of praise
      instead of a spirit of despair.
      They will be called oaks of righteousness,
      a planting of the Lord
      for the display of his splendor.

  • Sara said:

    Dependence

  • Joan Marie Shepherd said:

    stability

  • Kim said:

    Healing

  • Kathy Morris said:

    Isolation!

  • Ellen said:

    security

  • Teri Bonds said:

    Dischord

  • Marsha said:

    Insecurities

  • Sue said:

    JOY

  • christina said:

    Guilt

  • Katie said:

    Transition

  • Katharine said:

    Marriage

  • Rita said:

    Jobs

  • Denise said:

    Healing

  • Laurie said:

    Finances

  • Cherie Johnson said:

    Self-doubt

  • Cici said:

    Negativity

  • Christal said:

    Health/finances

  • Charlotte Askew said:

    Anxiety

  • Renee said:

    Trust

  • Jen said:

    Husband

  • Jinci Carter said:

    criticism

  • Lisa said:

    Finances

  • Dana said:

    Oppression

  • Janet said:

    Overwhelmed

  • Eva said:

    Family

  • Lorri said:

    finances

  • Debbie said:

    Finances

  • Kim said:

    Happiness

  • Heidi said:

    finances

  • Miriam said:

    Cancer

  • Lisa said:

    Discernment

  • Karen H. said:

    plan

  • Sarah said:

    Betrayed

  • Trudy Payne said:

    FAMILY

    • Lord, bless this family with Your mighty presence. Open up the storehouse of JOY and unspeakable power on every member of this family. Thank You Lord, in Jesus' name, amen.

  • Pam L R said:

    Forgiveness

  • Lisa said:

    Exhaustion!

  • Nanci D said:

    Overwhelmed!

  • Shannon said:

    FINANCES

  • Karena said:

    Trial

  • Wendy B said:

    Pain

  • Cheri M. said:

    persistence

  • Julie said:

    Adoption.

  • Julie M said:

    Control

  • Roz said:

    unity

  • Kathryn said:

    Complications during pregnancy

    • Lord keep this baby and mom healthy, safe and perfect. Raise this child up to be mighty in Your name. In Jesus' name, amen.

  • Anne said:

    discernment

  • Terri said:

    Tears of faith through care-giving for my Dad with Alzheimers...

  • Sally said:

    foster care

  • Vickie said:

    Husband

  • Ann said:

    Faith

  • becki719 said:

    Overwhelmed

  • Lena said:

    Patience

  • Connie said:

    Selfishness

  • Lindawynona said:

    Closeness

  • Courtney said:

    Finances

  • Veronica said:

    Grief

    • Lord bring Your supernatural comfort to Veronica right now. Pour Your oil of gladness through her broken heart. In Jesus' name, amen.

  • Debbie said:

    Surrender

  • Joy said:

    Favor

  • Melody said:

    sons

  • Kimberly said:

    Severe daily back pain after 2 back surgeries!

  • Sue said:

    Depression

  • Becky J said:

    Overscheduled!

  • Angela said:

    Self-control
    ....and for my mother--Healing (Cancer)

    • Lord heal Angela's mom of cancer. Give her body strength and increased immunity. Give Angela self-control. In Jesus' name, amen.

      • Angela said:

        Your prayers are much appreciated. Lord please help Sharon as she ministers to others. Guide her and use her according to your will. In Jesus's name Amen.

  • Kathryn said:

    Startup of a business in later years of age that is a vision from GOD.

  • Janice said:

    FINANCES

  • Karolina said:

    patience (on the Lord to bless and show the next step/chapter)

  • Karolina said:

    patience

  • Pam said:

    Direction

  • Dorothy said:

    healing, and thank you

  • M.C. said:

    doubt

  • Cristy said:

    Finances

  • Kay said:

    lost

  • Deb K said:

    Syria

    • Lord we ask that You comfort the people of Syria. Make Your presence, peace and power known throughout the land. In Jesus' name, amen.

  • niki said:

    Marriage

    • Lord, breathe life and love into this marriage. Revive it by Your power! In Jesus' name, amen

  • Polly Schneider said:

    Finances

    • Phil 4:19 "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Lord we ask that you fulfill Your word for this family.

  • Beth said:

    We are on the brink of bankruptcy and our marriage is hanging on by a fiber of a thread, struggling with life daily. Need desperate prayers.

    • Lord nothing is impossible to You. You own the cattle on a thousand hills, the whole universe is yours and all the resources in it. Would you provide for this family? Would you do a miracle on their marriage and restore what has been lost? Fill them with Your hope and Your wisdom for their future. In Jesus' name, amen

  • Becky Brown said:

    Guidance

    • Lord, Help Becky to feel Your mighty hand guiding her right now.
      The Lord is my shepherd;
      I shall not want.
      2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
      He leads me beside the still waters.
      3 He restores my soul;
      He leads me in the paths of righteousness
      For His name’s sake.


      4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I will fear no evil;
      For You are with me;
      Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.


      5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
      You anoint my head with oil;
      My cup runs over.
      6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
      All the days of my life;
      And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
      Forever.

  • Nancy H said:

    Discernment.

    • Lord- You say ask and it will be given. Nancy is asking for discernment, would You give her increased discernment right now? thank You Lord! In Jesus' name, amen

  • J Lindsey said:

    Selfishness

  • Vickie said:

    strength

  • Kristen said:

    Healing!

    • Lord we ask right now for healing for Kristen. Thank You Lord! In Jesus' name, amen

  • Brenda said:

    Overwhelmed!

    • Lord, bring Your peace, balance and hope to Brenda's home! In Jesus' name, amen

  • Alethea said:

    Money

    • Lord, Send answers, provisions and open doors in Jesus' name, amen.

  • stephanie said:

    marriage

    • Revive this marriage with enduring love Lord! Make it stronger than ever before. In Jesus' name, amen

  • Rebecca said:

    Vestibular therapy

    • Lord You are our great physician- bring healing!! In Jesus' name, amen.

  • Doreen Armstrong said:

    Mothering

    • Lord, Give Doreen and all who are struggling with parenting their children wisdom and discernment. Help her to see things through Your eyes and make decisions based on Your leading and not her own. Raise this son up to be everything You created him to be. Protect him from the lies of the enemy and strengthen him. In Jesus' name, amen.

  • Tammie said:

    Worry...

  • Gina said:

    commitement

  • Aubri Oreilly said:

    Worrier

  • Trudy said:

    Lonely

  • Emily said:

    Identity

  • Rene James said:

    Health/finances

  • Rebecca said:

    My marriage.....things are falling apart and I am overwhelmed....too much going on!

  • Rebecca said:

    Also: Health issues and two special needs children....

    • Rebecca- You've got a lot on you! Truly you can identify with Susanna Wesley! Lord, give Rebecca more ability to rise above her circumstances and win these battles. Give her more discernment and wisdom. Replace anxiety with Your Peace and Joy. In Jesus, name, Amen!

      • Rebecca said:

        Thank you for your kind encouraging words and prayers!! It means a lot! God Bless you!! God is GOOD ALL the time and GREAT is His Faithfulness! Romans 8:28.....

  • Wimberly said:

    Please continue to pray for my faith as I am trusting God for ways to witness or others to witness to my son and His family. I never imagined that when I became a grandmother I would be asked to stop praying with and singing 'Jesus Loves Me' with my two year old grand daughter. It is a deep sorrow that God has graciously lifted from my heart, but I struggle with how do I minister to my sweet grand daughters and their parents. How do I let go and truly trust God. He loves them far greater that I can even imagine and yet I am weak. Blessings to you and your family, Wimberly

    • My heart breaks for you Wimberly. I know the presence of the Lord will be evident when your grandchildren are with you. His peace and power will be precious to them through you without saying a word. Be strong and courageous Wimberly, the Lord do mighty things through you and in his timing.

      Love, sharon

      • Wimberly said:

        Sharon your reply means a lot to me. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. God is good!

        Many blessings to you,
        Wimberly

  • Kathy said:

    Unequally yoked.

  • MJ said:

    Family!

  • Debbie said:

    overload!

  • Deb said:

    unconditional love

    • Lord you are our teacher in loving unconditionally, help Deb's situation right now. Thank You Lord. In Jesus, name amen.

  • Naomi said:

    Forgiveness

  • Laurie said:

    Surgery:(

    • Lord, be with the doctors as they perform this surgery. Bring healing and recovery quickly in Jesus, name, amen!

  • Lee said:

    Healing!

    • Lord, by Your mighty power bring healing quickly! IN Jesus' name, amen.

  • Audrey Thibodeaux said:

    Bitterness

    • Lord, remove bitterness and bring healing and refreshing! In Jesus' name, amen.

  • Joy said:

    PATIENCE

  • Joy said:

    LOVE is...
    (as described in the Scripture reference below)

    1Corinthians13:4-7

    Join me in praying...
    Dear Lord,
    Help my husband and I please to LOVE the way you do. It is the main ingredient to hold us together after 20 years. Marriage is not easy and we need your help TODAY (and every day). Fill our hearts with more LOVE. The Enemy is trying to kill, steal and destroy. Help my marriage and all the marriages of my sisters who have posted comments. In Jesus Name, AMEN!

    • Yes Lord, help Joy's marriage and all the others that are struggling today. Protect these marriages from Satan's schemes to destroy. Ignite passion and true love that stands against all odds. Bind them together with a holy desire for You and Your holiness. In Jesus' name, amen!

  • Diane Fetter said:

    Wisdom

  • Sherri B said:

    Healing

    • Lord bring healing quickly! In Jesus' name, amen

  • Candi said:

    Job Situation

  • Wendy said:

    Gentleness.

  • Wendy said:

    Patience

  • Cindy said:

    Rejection

  • Jan said:

    Son

  • Carole said:

    Anger

  • Racquel Peterson said:

    Anxiety

  • Stacy said:

    family

  • Ashley said:

    Parenting

  • Sherry said:

    I ask for prayers that God will bond our family in Christian love. My home life is difficult and I fall into depression despite how hard I try to not go there. My family members are saved but our home life doesn't reflect it. It really bothers me, sometimes making me physically sick. I feel alone and up against an army.

  • Staci said:

    Fear/anxiety :(

    • Lord take away this fear and anxiety from Staci and fill her with Your peace and confidence. Read Psalm 91 every night before you go to sleep Staci. Love and hugs.

  • Vimalkumari David said:

    Sometimes not able to wait for the Lord's time

  • Naomi said:

    Truth

  • cindy said:

    contentment

  • Ellen said:

    Friendship

  • Peggy said:

    Contentment!

  • Elizabeth Cuthrell said:

    children

  • Cecilia said:

    My children that are grown believers but not walking with The Lord.

  • Sheala said:

    Insecurity

  • Yvette said:

    Family healing/restoration

  • Amy said:

    Diligence

  • rosemary said:

    Worrying

  • Nichole said:

    Warfare.

  • Christi said:

    Miscarriage...

  • Amy Cartwright said:

    healing

  • KAY LYNN PARRISH said:

    HUSBAND

  • Connie said:

    Perseverance

  • Peg Engberg said:

    I missed this, about prayer and drawing for an apron! Just now getting proverbs 31 devotions caught up. So glad I didn't just delete this one though about Susan Wesley and her apron praying. My mom is now in assisted living and not able to give her "Apron talk," anymore. She has quite an array of aprons and gave a talk while displaying her apron collection. My sister just told me that she is going to continue these little talks using my mom's apron collection and information mom had collected on aprons. I am going to share this about Susan Wesley and her "prayer time" under her apron! This will be a wonderful addition to the apron talk! What an amazing story! But, then we have such an amazing God! Thanks! Peg

    • Peg- PLEASE tell me a little about her apron talks??? The theme of aprons and ministering keeps rising to the top lately!!

      Love, sharon

  • Karen said:

    Thanks for sharing this. A much needed encouragement and challenge for me today. I'm Jen's friend from NY and enjoy reading your blog and wanted to say hello!

    • Hi Karen!! She has talked about you a lot. I'm so happy this post and others have blessed you. It makes it worth all the effort to write them when I read that it made a difference in your life. May the Lord open the window of heaven and pour out on you such blessings that you will not be able to contain them all! Love and big hugs! Sharon

  • Luhida said:

    problem to supmite to the leadership of my husband