{"Keeping it Personal" Radio Interview!}

Good afternoon We are His daughters, friends!

About a week ago now Keeping it Personal Radio personality, Teri Johnson, approached our president, Mandy Hill about being a guest on her Thursday afternoon radio show!

With excitement, Mandy agreed to share a bit about her faith journey and touch on some of the unexpected circumstances that she has faced in her life so far.

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We would be so honoured if you would join Mandy and Teri at KIPRadio!

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Have a wonderful day, friends!

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{Marriage} Want a great marriage??

By: Mandy Hill

Do you know a married couple that seems more in love than other couples you know? More affectionate, more connected, more together? What sets this couple apart from the others you know?! What about their marriage relationship has allowed you to place them in a ‘cut above the rest?’

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Marriage undoubtedly takes intentional effort and work. God spoke to my heart this morning as I was thinking ahead to a date night with my husband, that will take place next week. I was thinking of ways I may best spend my energy with the sole intention of blessing him….no personal gratification or pleasure; simply blessing him.

My mind wandered to other couples whose love is tangibly rich and evident by unwavering happiness and joy. What makes these couples stand out amongst others….

Thinking of three couples specifically, I began to notice that they were each very different. The commonality between them all however, was the fact that they made three things their top priority:

1) Nurturing and growing their faith through daily spiritual discipleship.
2) Prioritizing time intentionally spent with one another on a regular basis.
3) Mutual respect.

These couples do not look to other couples for how to be married well….they look first to God and rely on His word for direction and wisdom.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

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So, back to my question… How can I truly bless my husband during our date?! The answer is in the word! The more I know God through His word, the more I will learn in how to live a holy and righteous life. His word will bring light to areas I can change in order to enrich my marriage, convicting me of my weaknesses and the characteristics I have that do my marriage harm rather than good.

Who or what are you looking to as an example for a successful marriage?

Thank you God for Your incredible truth! I love to read Your word, and I pray that the time I spend in Your word will be time in training; Training to love like You love. Teach me Your ways. I pray that You will help me to make choices that please You, and honor You. Help me be a good wife to Nathan, the wife You intended me to be when You joined us together. Please continue to bless our marriage. In Your name I pray, amen.

{MARRIAGE} My favorite ways to relax and refill.

By: Mandy Hill

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My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)

Being a mom can be a physically, emotionally and spiritually draining job. I am imagining many of you nodding in agreement, right now. While draining it is, it’s truly important that you find time in your day to relax and refill– or, without a doubt you’ll find yourself in a position of burnout.

Our little ones have no intention of whacking the life out of their mama’s! They really don’t! They’re simply growing, learning, and testing the waters. Us mama’s however, we really ought to know better than to try and go it on our own.

Here are some of my favourite ways to relax and refill:

1) I love to read the Word.
I love to get up before the rest of my family, brew a nice hot cup of caramel flavoured coffee and dig into the word of God. There is something incredibly desirable about a fresh new day, with a fresh new page, and quiet solitary moments reserved just for God to speak to my open heart.

2) I love to date my husband.
Date night has become an essential part of the week at my house. We have set aside Tuesday night each week to prioritize time alone together. In addition to this time together, we set aside an hour or so at the end of every single night to curl up on the couch or in bed and watch a tv show. These times, wrapped up snug in my hubby’s arms, are not at all about what’s dancing across the tv screen….but simply coming together. Knowing this time is coming at the end of the night truly makes the most hectic of days, tolerable.

3) I love to chat with my dad.
For many years, my dad has not only lived many kilometres away, but several provinces away, as well. Hearing my dad’s voice say something like ‘they’re just kids’, ‘kids will be kids’, ‘they’re good kids’, or ‘you’re a good mom, Mandy!’ removes the feelings of isolation that can consume my heart, with feelings of hope and encouragement. My dad’s gentle spirit is sometimes just what I need to hear on the other end of the phone to refuel this weary mama’s soul.

So, sister; what do you do to relax and refill? Do you feel like you’re out of ideas?! Feel free to snag a few of my favourite ways and use them for your own.
Most importantly, don’t feel guilty for taking some time to refill, friend. God made us humans, not robots. He never expected us to go on an empty tank; so be sure to take time each day to refill.

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for showing us ways in which we can go from ‘running on empty’ to ‘refilling’. Thank You for Your word and the wisdom that can be found in it. Thank You for the blessing of marriage, and for the parental support that can be found in our spouse. And thank You also for friends and family whom we can trust to encourage and share wisdom with us, when we feel like we are all alone. Bless my sisters, this day. In Jesus name, amen.

Mandy’s post– LIFE ON PURPOSE!

Intentionally setting aside time for your marriage…

“Relish life with the spouse you love each and every day of your life. Each day is God’s gift.” (Ecclesiastes 9:9)

I remember when I met my husband, Nathan…. We were busy people. I had recently graduated from high school and was starting my freshman year of university and he was beginning his senior year of his undergrad. We both worked various jobs and had family and friendships and ministry to juggle. Yet, each and every day we intentionally set aside time for each other. That could mean a date night, a walk on the beach, meeting halfway between our universities to share a meal, meeting for coffee, an email or a phone call. The point is we never let a day go by without making an effort.

We began our journey as both a married couple and as ministry partners at the same time. Our life took on a new kind of busy and co-habitating almost substituted that amazing level of communication that we had once thrived on. Sure, we certainly still loved each other, there was never any doubt there. However, there was a season of our marriage that lacked intentional effort.

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I believe that we realized our lack of effort when we welcomed our first son Benjamin into our lives. Suddenly the available time we once had to spend on each other was consumed in caring and providing for this precious little boy’s every need. Our marriage was placed further onto the back burner and we became hungry for each other again.

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A few years ago we began examining our priorities. Our marriage, our family life, our ministry and our finances were top of the list. We realized that we were not being intentional about how we spent our time and resources on the most important things in our life. We knew that changes were necessary if we wanted to reach the goals that we had in mind for each one of those priorities.

We sat down on a cold, January morning a few years ago and drafted a brand new budget that prioritized US. Each week we pre-planned a date night out, made sure that there were resources available to cover that plan and chose to make every intention of seeing it through. Effort was absolutely required and our love life has been on one incredibly rewarding journey ever since.

I can honestly {from the very depths of my heart} say that I love my husband more today than I did when we first met, the day of our wedding, or even yesterday. Our increased communication and purposeful time together has brought our relationship to a level of closeness that I never dreamed or imagined could be possible.

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……All because we set aside quality time for each other. Every week. On purpose.

Life gets busy sisters, but if God has blessed you with a husband you must remember to cherish him and make every effort to set aside purposeful time with him. Relish your time together. God has abundantly blessed my husband and I with a marriage that truly testifies of his faithfulness and provision. He has honoured our decision to prioritize each other with those blessings and I know that He will absolutely do the same for you.

I dare you to fight with all your might for that God-honouring marriage you’ve always dreamed of. Go get ‘im!!!!

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Heavenly Father, thank you for first loving us and providing a perfect example of how that looks. Thank you for the wonderful husband that you have so graciously blessed me with. Thank you also for bringing to our attention the need for prioritizing our marriage and the growth that we have been blessed with as a result of doing so. I pray for my sisters who have realized today that their marriage is lacking that special attention that it so desperately needs. Remind us constantly that marriages take work and that effort is absolutely required on our behalf. I pray for provision, growth and blessings where obedience is found. Thank you God in advance for all that you will do in mine and in my sisters married lives. In your name I pray, Amen.