Name: Melissa Hoogenraad Age: 39 Children: Sarah 15, Cole 13, Luke 9 Religion: Christian UW: How long have you been married?  We will be married 17 years this November UW: How long did you date your husband before you married? 3 1/2 years UW: Did you have any fears about being a wife? Yes, I feared our marriage would not last and we would end in divorce (it’s what I knew). I also feared not being able to please his family and never truly being accepted. UW: What do you enjoy about being a wife? I love being a wife! […]

This is a well-written article from guest writer Rachel Atchley.  She is very open and honest about some of the struggles she faced early on in marriage with a husband who is active in the military.  Thank you Rachel for such a powerful article and we thank your husband for serving!  Please leave Rachel a few comments below on what you thought of her piece! Enjoy! Completion. It sounds like an intensely final word. This is the thought process of many girls as they grow into women: “Once I’m married, maybe with a few kids, my life will be complete.” […]

A husband and wife from our church were brave enough to stand before hundreds of other couples and give an account of their marriage.  The husband was humble, addressing his pasts sins he committed against his wife, including pornography and prostitution.  His addictions held him captive for many years. It was a devastating testimony to listen to, although hearing that he overcame his addictions and also hearing his wife’s side of the story, filled the entire room with hope.  We saw the Lord’s hand at work in their lives and in the end He was glorified. What stood out to […]

As the plane descended onto the runway the immediate impression from the landscape screamed “AFRICA!”  The contrast of green treetops and the red dirt was vibrant against the bright blue sky.  A mixture of different feelings flooded my mind; I was excited to finally be in Africa, ready to serve God as He had prepared, but I was also anxious about what we would face while in a third world country. Amidst soaking up all the new scenery and unfamiliar scents, I notice my husband with a peaceful countenance.  All of this was familiar to him and I could tell […]

God, We come before you today and lift up wives to you.  We pray for any wife that needs to be healed, whether from a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual pain or problem.  We pray for restoration.  We ask that you would reach down and touch each wife, giving them peace beyond understanding.  Equip us to be able to do the things that are required of us on a daily basis.  Free us from the pain that delays our responses and help us to achieve victory!  We are trusting in you! We lift these women up in faith, praying for […]

“And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness.”  And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God.”  ~ Luke 13:10-13 This is a very powerful scripture to me, an empowering one for ALL women.  Jesus was teaching on the […]