Brittni De La Mora

Pruned To Prosper...

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Have you ever asked God for something and it seemed like instead of giving you what you asked for he began to remove things from your life instead?

For instance you pray for greater financial provision and then you lose your job…

Or you pray for a relationship and then suddenly nobody wants to date you…

In the heat of the moment you become frantic and fearful and you think that God does not hear your prayers. I want to correct that thought right now, because God does hear your prayers. However, we get confused because we think that just because we asked God for something that he has to answer it the way that we have determined that he should answer it. But Isaiah 55:9 teaches us that God's ways are not our ways. So be encouraged because God has plans to give you the desires of your heart, but the process of getting you the blessing you asked for may not look like the process you were expecting. You may have been expecting a raise at your current job, but God allowed you to get fired so that you would start the business you always wanted to start. You may have prayed for a relationship, but God is keeping you single to prepare and mature you for the right man or woman. God will always prune you with the intent of prospering you. Don't allow a season of pruning to discourage you. God has plans to prosper you, but first He will prune you.

Is It Possible To Stay Pure While Dating?

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We all know the struggle is real, but staying pure IS possible. My husband and I managed to stay pure (celebrant to honor God) while dating & I know you can too. I pray this blog encourages you and inspires you to wait upon the Lord. 🙏🏼

Here's what we did....


1. We reminded ourselves of what we were fighting for.


2. We reminded ourselves that momentary satisfaction could potentially destroy our destiny.


3. We prayed together & read the bible together consistently. It is Only God who can give you the strength & grace to stay pure, so keep Him as the focal point of your relationship.

4. We reminded ourselves that our relationship is meant to honor God, not our flesh.


5. We reminded ourselves of how bad our lives were before we knew God. This helped us to stay thankful for what He had done in our lives and helped us stay on track.


6. If there was a place where we felt tempted, then we stayed away from it. Why put yourself in a position that's difficult to resist temptation? It's not worth it.
I love what Pastor Rich Wilkerson says, "Keep it Vertical. If you're dating you don't need to get horizontal." 😂
Remember, pre-marriage is JUST A SEASON of life. Once you're married you may do as you please with your spouse. So remind yourself that the blessing is coming. 🙌🏼🙌🏼

7. We stayed accountable to our friends. I had a friend check up on me almost daily and so did my husband.  This really helped because God gave me someone to check in with. Great stability comes from accountability. So be honest with someone you trust so they can pray for you and encourage you in the ways of the Lord. Don't try to do this walk alone.

8. We watched sermons on purity. This allowed us to welcome in the conviction of the Holy Spirit. If your purity is important to you then you'll do whatever it takes to keep it.


9. Last but certainly not least.... We reminded ourselves that the wait is Always worth it. Because honoring God is Always worth it. We knew that there would be blessings behind our obedience because that is what the book of Deuteronomy teaches us.

If you're in a relationship and you're not yet married, I want you to know that the wait is worth it. It is only a matter of time before you'll get to be intimate with you husband or wife. So I want to encourage you to continue to be patient. God's blessings that come with obedience are far greater than momentary satisfaction. Remember that You Are Worth The Wait - and so is your future husband or wife. Honor them and God will honor you.

My Favorite Marriage Advice... ❤️

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I've only been married for 4 months but I've asked many couples whom have been married for 20 + years what their secret to success has been. Here are some of my favorite answers...

 

1. Never lose your try. When you dated your spouse, you went out of your way for them and Always tried your best. Be careful to never lose that. Never grow comfortable.

 

2. R.E.S.P.E.C.T - always respect your spouse. Place them in high honor. Don't ever call them out in public either. Correct them privately.

 

3. Keep God at the center of your marriage and it will go well for you.

 

4. Make Lots of Love - Sex is not just an act of pleasure . It is an act that brings an intimate bond between a husband and wife every time they have sex. Sex in its purist form will give you a connection in your relationship that will be incomparable to any other relationships you have. So husbands, wives, enjoy each other..... A LOT.