Unexpected Pleasures

Unexpected Pleasures

Align yourself with heavenly perspective. God is inviting you up…to the place of flowing in His strength and security.  Colossians 3:1 says, “Since you’ve been raised to a new life with Him, set your sights on the realities of heaven.”

The forecast may look glum, but take a leap of faith anyway.  Just a glimpse of God’s colorful hope is enough. Don’t let the forecast limit your possibilities.

You are full of wisdom, so you simply prepare for the challenges ahead, and don’t care about what you look like on the outside.

Praying BIG in December

Last week I asked myself, when did I feel most ALIVE this past year?  I remembered a season in August when I fasted entertainment and food, and even though it was challenging, I received rich revelation from the Lord that continues to permeate my thoughts and transform my life. Jesus taught me about rest, the Sabbath and helped me understand the most important things in life are not the same as what the world prioritizes.

I started to live the truth: “The attractions of this world have no influence on me”.  There was a shift that took place in my heart, and the result was more peace, more joy and less concern about the worries of this world.  Possibly that fast just helped shift me into alignment with heaven.

As I thought about the incredible fruit that came from that season of fasting, the Lord downloaded strategy for the rest of this year. I desire to END THIS YEAR WELL. Instead of just walking the last lap, I am going to get the resources of energy, sustenance, healing, and favor to SPRINT when it comes to PRAYING BIG.

Do you want to join us in PRAYING BIG for this upcoming Christmas season?

  • Let’s rise up and declare that the celebration of Christmas commemorates God’s promise being fulfilled once again:  Emmanuel, God with us.  Every place where we are present, we carry the presence of God.  And His presence is saturated with extravagant and unconditional love, kindness, peace, and pure joy.  Our homes have an atmosphere of mercy, gentleness, patience, laughter and unity because of the Holy Spirit.
  • Let’s remember that there is no compromise in what we believe. We are a family who loves God intimately, each other openly and the world radically. When conversations arise where there may be controversy, we don’t have to defend ourselves, or prove a point, but we can rest assured that Jesus came to this world, and He is lovingly pursuing every one of our family members.  (We don’t have to make it happen, we can trust God!
  • Let’s be at rest, knowing that we don’t have to “make things happen” out of fear or force…meaningful moments will be abundant as we naturally hear God’s voice in our hearts.
  • Let’s proclaim God’s favor, abundance, provision, healing, happiness, wisdom, instruction, safety and protection over our families and our future.  These are the very provision of salvation, and they are already ours through Jesus!

Jesus is the REASON for the SEASON…

It’s a season to grow up, yet remain childlike.

It’s a season to trust but still ask.

It’s a season to believe, without restraint.

It’s an important season, one of breakthrough and re-direction.

The path is taking a turn, and you will hear the voice behind you clearly.

This is the way… walk this way.

We are praying BIG for you.

With Much Love and Hope,
Audrey and Bob


Every family is worth fighting for! 

We sit here together in AWE.  In awe of God, in awe of His mercy and His ability to heal our broken hearts.  We sit together in peace with no secrets and complete trust between us.  We will never be able to conjure up enough words to express our thanks to God for restoring our family.  And we want every family and marriage to experience the kind of wisdom, strategy and love that only God can provide to turn impossible situations into stories of redemption and grace!

SO HOW? How do you move past the pain?

That’s the question we get asked the most. Rebuilding and finding trust and lasting forgiveness in our families, our marriages, and our relationships is God’s heart for us, yet the challenge is real!  What if trust and forgiveness isn’t deserved?  What if you want to be connected and tender with each other again, but you don’t even know where to start?

Why the eCourse format is perfect

Books are great, but not every couple can “read” a book together, especially if they are in a lot of pain!  Video encouragement is helpful, but how do we get to the very practical aspect of WHAT TO DO.  Most couples just beg us: “Just tell us what to do!”  

This is what happens the minute you purchase the eCourse:

All EIGHT CLASSES are  instantly available for viewing and downloading (and has lifetime access)

Print the workbook
Push play, and start the first video
We walk you through every single step

We have prayed that every couple will feel the warmth, safety and hope of God’s presence as soon as they begin the course.   
If you know anyone: friend, relative, or maybe yourself that has found themselves stuck in a marriage crisis, this is the perfect solution.  Maybe it’s a 20-year-old secret that has never been brought to closure…maybe it’s a porn addiction…maybe you feel betrayed by a spouse who chooses work or friends above you….whatever crisis you’re in or have been through, we have extreme hope for you.   
We turned that HOPE into a full-on strategy: This course is short enough that any busy person can get through it, affordable enough that anyone can buy it, and warm, practical and safe enough that you can get through the hard stuff. 
This is the perfect way to share hope with someone you know.  Forward this to that person you’re thinking of right now. Offer to pay for the course.  This endeavor has been saturated in prayer knowing that God cares deeply for every person who gets this course.  He knows their deepest longing, and their desire for safety and healing in their relationship – and He’s going to love them and heal their hearts AND their family.  
So, our big announcement is, we now have a strategy tool that is more than a book, more than a video, it’s a complete designed course that has lifetime access and can be immediately downloaded, and it’s non-threatening, because you take the course in your own home at your own speed. 
Please join us in praying for the precious ones who will be taking this course.   Your agreement in prayer is the foundation to true transformation…and miracles!
With Much Love and Hope,
Audrey and Bob


The Thankful Factor

We pray for God to impart hope, healing, and joy into your heart!
After two full months of traveling and ministering to marriages, we are extremely thankful for the opportunity to touch base with you.  We pray for you often, and believe that God continues to shine His light into your circumstances – because that’s when the switch happens!
We have all witnessed the turnaround, the Supernatural shift that takes place when we are thankful…it literally turns the trajectory of our life –where does this power come from?
We share this video - passionate about the fact that God didn’t instruct us and inspire us to enter his gates with thanksgiving for His sake, (oh no…) He loves us and knows that if we can implement this simple intention: To obediently thank him - it has the power to change everything. 
Maybe your circumstances won’t immediately change, but truly everything changes at the quantum level…in your heart. And once that happens, you are officially living the dream of heaven on earth, because you have recovered your sight, and you can see through God’s perspective.      
We are all faced with impossibilities. 
Nobody is exempt.
Scripture from Matthew 14:

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus was literally faced with that huge impossibility, and modeled for us a very practical remedy:

  1. We are to look up to heaven (reconnect with God)
  2. Give thanks (out of obedience)
  3. Recover our Sight (see everything through new eyes)
  4. Pronounce Blessing
  5. Experience the Miraculous

 Your shift is about to happen when you give thanks. You weren’t built or designed to conquer impossibilities by yourself.
Today is your day to operate in faith before you experience recovered faith. Believe first – imagine the prayer already answered, and then pray the prayer of faith!
Jesus refused to see through earthly sight.  Instead of looking at his limited resources from a natural perspective, He knew the importance of His connection to God.  That’s why he looked to heaven first – before He did anything else.
There are new possibilities for you today as you change your posture.  Instead of praying for (and possibly begging God for) a change in your external world, begin proclaiming, speaking decrees, agreeing and blessing! It’s already experienced in the heavens, your faith is expressed when you “see” the end from the beginning.  It all starts when you look up to the heavens and ask for new sight.
It’s easy to presume the miraculous is found by seeking the external manifestations, but the true miracle is in knowing God.  Period.  Knowing how He sees, experiencing His friendship, and being so close to Him that His ways become our ways, and His nature becomes our natural extinct.   That’s when peace, joy and righteousness rule and reign in your heart.  And it all starts with being thankful! 
We send this with love, hope, and anticipation for God’s presence to be experienced in your life, your home, and your generations.
Love Audrey (for both of us)

Why Do I Have to Wait?

Don’t worry about the wicked
    or envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away.
    Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
Trust in the Lord and do good.
    Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
    Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
    and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the Lord,
    and wait patiently for him to act.
(Psalm 37, 1-4 NLT).
Waiting is active, not passive.  Psalm 37 is one of my favorite passages of scripture. 
The language is full of calls to action:  Trust; Do good; Dwell; Enjoy; Take delight in; Commit and Be still…
I’ll never forget a season I went through several years ago. Through a series of disappointments, discouragement began to set in. It felt like everyone was doing well and succeeding except me. My discouragement turned into comparison (which is always self-centered). I even began to judge others.  People who aren’t even doing things right, or pure, or praiseworthy seem to be getting further faster!  In my feelings of defeat, I asked the  Holy Spirit to give me strategy and was led to memorize the entire chapter of Psalm 37.  It took a long time, and it was a daily process.  In order to remember from one day to the next, it ended up being the last thing I muddled through my mind before falling asleep and the first thing I thought about as I woke up.  What happened throughout the process was nothing short of miraculous.  The Words of the Psalm became the truth that began to flow through my veins.  I started to actually believe stanzas like, “Don’t envy those who do wrong, it only leads to harm…”
We all know what I feel like to be stuck waiting when we feel like we are ready to move on.  When “those who are evil” thrive and flourish to get ahead and we shrivel on the inside and fall behind and scrape by. 
If you are waiting for something, please receive this encouragement as straight from the Lord’s heart to you today.  Life is a gift.  Deeply enjoy every moment you can.  Savor the ordinary.  A cup of coffee.  A meal with friends  A good night’s sleep.  Laughter.  Plant your feet on the ground and take it all in.  Because what you’re doing now will set the stage for your future.  Whatever is in front of you, wherever you’re en route to, commit your way to God.  Make God your navigator.  And say the words out loud:
Today is my day to be still in the Lord’s presence.  Sure, waiting is hard, that’s why David’s call in the Psalm is to “wait patiently” for the Lord.  I will not forget that God is with me right now.  I’m not alone.  God is at my side even when I experience disappointment and rejection,  He knows my struggles and meets me. I’m not just waiting for God, I am waiting with God. 
We are believing for God’s Presence to be alive within you each moment!
Audrey (for both of us)

Don't Look Back

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne” (Hebrews 12:1,2 NLT).

Let’s strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  Because we have a race to run!  Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to show us if there is any weight that is slowing us down. I know for me, I had a simple yet profound revelation this morning.  I have been slightly sluggish the last several days, having to be highly intentional when it comes to agreeing with God’s truth, and fighting through some negative emotions that seek to drive my life.  During my first waking moments, I began to pray and align myself with God’s perspective and love for me.

I snuck a quiet moment alone with a cup of coffee. I remembered something my parents told me about five years ago: Don’t look back unless it makes you smile. I’ve always thought it was a great slogan and a sweet outlook on life, but this morning, I took it very literally.  I started to remember: The smiles, the memories and the laughter with friends and family. Then I remembered significant God moments where I felt especially loved and chosen by Jesus.  A shift took place in my own heart, as thankfulness began to run through my entire being.

As I looked back and smiled, thankfulness filled me up, and there was no room left for earthly pleasures or sorrows. And there was definitely no room for fear. It’s all Jesus, my friend.  We aren’t going to be able to run this race with endurance if we are still worshipping the ways of the world. We are invited to a radical, joyful, peace-loving, Holy-Spirit-filled life in Christ.  So, if you feel tripped up in any way, bogged down by circumstances, or afraid for your future, take a look back at what has made you smile the most.  Let thankfulness fill you up and you are going to experience hope – real-honest-hope for the future as you keep your eyes on Jesus, your champion who is the initiates and perfects your faith.

Today is my day to go all-in.  I am going to look back and enjoy the best moments that have made me smile.  I am going to strip off any weight that has slowed me down, and run with endurance.  My eyes are on Jesus and my feet are getting lighter as thankfulness drowns out despair.  Because of the joy awaiting me, I can endure and persevere!

Lots of Love in Jesus,



The Solution for Disappointment

We have all experienced disappointment, there’s nothing we can do to prevent it.  We have had hopes, dreams, wishes and anticipation and then just as the excitement is building, the very thing we were waiting for is gone.  What do we do with that?
I have spent years searching for the remedy for disappointment, simply because I don’t want to dwell in disappointment any longer than I need to.  Let’s face it, it’s not enjoyable to live in the state of regret, remorse and confusion, and trying to analyze our losses doesn’t seem to help very much.
Many years ago, I came up with what I thought was a pretty great remedy, and that was to simply “respond in the opposite spirit”.  In simple terms, when disappointment hit, I would combat the feelings with the opposite feelings which were…hmmmm, what is the opposite of disappointment?  I came up with “unexpected pleasure”. 
That has been my ammunition for many years, and although it sounds good in theory, it hasn’t been very empowering.  How do you “get” unexpected pleasure?  If you seek after something good, it isn’t very unexpected, and it involves effort.  That seems counter-productive for “unexpected pleasure”! 
Your greatest expectations have the potential to be your greatest disappointments.

As I was reading in Proverbs, I began meditating on this scripture and the revelation hit me:

The cravings of the wicked are only for evil, but righteousness is the core motivation for the lovers of God and it keeps them content and flourishing  (Proverbs 12:12, The Passion Translation).

Bob:  As lovers of God, righteousness is our core motivation, the very thing that energizes us, motivates us and moves us forward.  The simple definition of righteousness is “as it should be”.  Agreement with His character and nature.  Agreement with our position in Him in heavenly places.  

Audrey: Flourish sounds like an unexpected pleasure. So, I paid very close attention to the order.  The lovers of God (you and us) don’t crave evil…no, we are motivated by righteousness (as it should be).  And because of that, we are content (first) and then flourish! (second).
When it comes to disappointment, I have been hoping, waiting and wanting to flourish (unexpected pleasure), but contentment comes first.  It’s my missing piece! When I am content…filled up, then I can flourish.
It’s like I wanted my cup to overflow (unexpected pleasure)
but it needs to be filled up first (contentment)
It’s like I wanted the icing on the cake (unexpected pleasure)
but I need the cake first (contentment)
This is empowering! Because you don’t have to wait for contentment, you can choose it right this moment.  Igniting your faith to agree with everything God says about you, and your future and your family is your immediate transition into hope. 
Involving His promises in your thoughts, actions and choices release the pleasures of heaven, that come as the reward of faith!  And best of all, faith really pleases God and gives Him pleasure*.
Being content is being confident. Confident that any enemy that rises against you is powerless. Confident that any situation that presents itself against you is detoured and directed away from you before it even gets close.  

Don’t wait another minute.  Apply this remedy to any disappointment in your life. Instead of waiting for things to get better, circumstances to change, or that person to change, choose contentment.  Contentment is simply “I agree” with everything God says.  That act of faith satisfied your heart and fills you up.  Then enjoy the overflow when it comes, because unexpected pleasures are coming your way!
When you live a life of abandoned love, surrendered before the awe of God, here’s what you’ll experience: Abundant life. Continual protection. Complete satisfaction. (Proverbs 19:23 The Passion Translation).
The lovers of God who chase after righteousness will find all their dreams come true: An abundant life drenched with favor and a fountain that overflows with satisfaction (Proverbs 21:21 The Passion Translation).

*Without faith it’s impossible to please God.  (With faith, it’s impossible not to please Him!)