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700 Club Interactive - I Said Yes - April 6, 2016

Reality TV star Emily Maynard Johnson talks about life after “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” Read Transcript


Gordon: SHE'S GOTTEN

ENGAGED ON NATIONAL TV

TWICE.

BUT NEITHER RELATIONSHIP

LASTED LONGER THAN A

COMMERCIAL BREAK.

NOW THE BACHELORETTE EMILY

MAYNARD JOHNSON REVEALS

HOW AND WHERE SHE FOUND

TRUE LOVE, ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

SHE WAS THE FIRST SINGLE

MOM ON THE POPULAR REALITY

SHOW "THE BACHELORETTE,"

AND HER STORY OF

HEARTBREAK, REDEMPTION AND

ROMANCE CAPTIVATED

MILLIONS OF VIEWERS, BUT

HER HAPPY ENDING DIDN'T

COME UNTIL AFTER THE

CAMERAS STOPPED ROLLING.

Terry: SHE HAD TO BE

DRAGGED INTO BEING ON THE

BACHELOR, AND LATER INTO

BEING ON THE BACHELORETTE,

AND ULTIMATELY SHE SAID

YES ON BOTH PROGRAMS AND

THEN WORRIED IF SHE COULD

EVER SAY IT AGAIN.

Reporter: MILLIONS

KNOW EMILY MAYNARD JOHNSON

AFTER "THE BACHELOR," AND

"THE BACHELORETTE."

AND THEN SHE TURNED TO

SOMEONE WHO WOULD NEVER

BREAK HER HEART.

I SAID YES TO PROPOSALS

ON NATIONAL TELEVISION,

BUT I THINK THAT THE MOST

IMPORTANT YES I HAVE EVER

SAID IN MY LIFE IS YES TO

A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.

Reporter: IN HER

BOOK, "I SAID YES," EMILY

SHARES THE STORY OF HER

LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER

REALITY TV, AND WHAT SHE

FOUND AT THE END OF HER

SEARCH FOR TRUE LOVE.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE SHOW

EMILY MAYNARD JOHNSON.

IT IS NICE TO HAVE YOU

WITH US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING

ME.

Terry: YOU WERE THE

FIRST SINGLE MOM ON "THE

BACHELOR."

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO DO

THAT?

MY GIRLFRIEND NOMINATED

ME, AND I THOUGHT, I'M

YOUNG, WHY NOT?

Terry: SO YOU WENT

THROUGH THE SHOW, AND YOU

WOUND UP BEING BRAD'S

CHOICE.

HE PROPOSED TO YOU, AND

YOU SAID YES.

DID YOU FEEL LIKE THIS

FAIRY TALE WOULD JUST GO

ON FOREVER, AND WHEN DID

YOU REALIZE, WHOA, THIS

PROBABLY ISN'T GOING TO BE

WHAT I THOUGHT IT IS.

I THINK I DID WHAT A

LOT OF DIFFERENT DO IN

RELATIONSHIPS, YOU IGNORE

A LOT OF RED FLAGS.

AND I WANTED IT SO BAD.

BUT THE FACT WE DIDN'T

KNOW EACH OTHER VERY LONG

WAS A BIG ONE.

Terry: AND YOU DON'T

KNOW EACH OTHER IN A VERY

REALISTIC WAY.

IT'S ALWAYS VERY

PROGRAMMED AND PLANNED,

AND THEN AT SOME POINT

THEY CONTACTED YOU AND

SAID, WOULD YOU BE WILLING

TO THE THE BACHELORETTE ON

ONE OF OUR SHOWS?

WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT

PROCESS ON THAT?

THE FIRST TIME I ASKED,

THEY SAY NO WAY.

AND THEY WENT WITH

SOMEBODY ELSE.

AND THE NEXT SEASON CAME

AND THEY ASKED ME AGAIN.

AND FOR SOME CRAZY REASON,

I SAID YES AGAIN.

Terry: DID YOU HAVE

APPREHENSION ABOUT IT AS

YOU WENT INTO IT?

I DID, BUT I THOUGHT --

I HAD PRAYED ABOUT IT AND

I HAD PEACE ABOUT IT, AND

FOR SOME CRAZY REASON, I

THOUGHT THAT WAS WHERE I

WAS BEING LED.

Terry: I HAVE TO ASK

YOU THIS BECAUSE I HAVE

HAD KIDS IN MY HOUSE WHO

HAVE ENJOYED WATCHING THIS

SHOW, AND THE STRUGGLE I

HAVE WITH IT IS I WORK IN

TELEVISION, AND SO I CAN

TELL WHERE CAMERAS ARE.

HOW REAL IS REALITY?

WHENEVER YOU HAVE BEEN

ON THE SHOW FOR AS LONG AS

IT FILMS, HAVING A CAMERA

IN THE ROOM BECOMES LIKE

HAVING A COMPUTER OR A

MICROWAVE IN THE ROOM.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THEY

DON'T SHOW WHEN YOU'RE

SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN OR A

SWIMMING POOL, THERE IS A

CAMERA GUY IN HIS BATHING

SUIT RIGHT NEXT TO YOU.

SO THAT KIND OF RUINS THE

ROMANROMANCE IN A BIT.

Terry: YOU WOUND UP

CHOOSING JEFF, AND MADE

YOU CHOOSE HIM?

IT'S NOT REAL LIFE.

YOU GET TO GO AND DO ALL

OF THESE CRAZY THINGS.

AND AND I'M A MOM, SO HE

BROUGHT THAT FREE SPIRIT

OUT IN ME.

BUT AS SOON AS WE GOT TO

REAL LIFE, I REALIZED, I

HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES.

I CAN'T BE THAT PERSON.

THAT IS NOT WHO GOD MADE

ME TO BE.

I REALIZED PRETTY QUICKLY

WE JUST WANTED DIFFERENT

THINGS.

Terry: ONCE THE

SECOND TIME FELL THROUGH

FOR YOU, WERE YOU

DEPRESSED?

WERE YOU FRUSTRATED?

WHAT DID YOU FEEL AT THAT

POINT?

BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY YOU WERE

LOOK FORG A RELATIONSHIP

AND WANTING TO FIND

SOMEONE WHO REALLY WAS

GOING TO FILT WITH YO FIT WITH YOU AND

YOUR LIFE AND YOUR

COMMITMENTMENTS.

>COMMITMENTS.

I REMEMBER FEELING A

LITTLE ASHAMED AND BEAT

UP --

Terry: YOU KIND OF

WERE BEAT UP A LITTLE BIT.

YES.

I WOULD GO ONLINE, AND I

WOULD READ ALL OF THESE

NASTY THINGS PEOPLE WOULD

SAY.

ONE DAY I REMEMBER HEARING

THE HOLY SPIRIT SAY TO ME,

DON'T GO ON YOUR COMPUTER,

OPEN YOUR BIBLE.

AND I HAD NEVER REALLY

DONE THAT BEFORE.

I CONSIDERED MYSELF A

CHRISTIAN, BUT I NEVER SAT

AND READ MY BIBLE.

Terry: WHAT DID GOD

SPEAK TO YOUR HEART WHEN

YOU DID THAT?

I REMEMBER LOOKING UP

THINGS THAT I WAS FEELING,

JUDGMENT AND GUILT AND

THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND I STARTED READING

BOOKS LIKE ESTHER AND

RUTH, AND I REALLY FELL IN

LOVE AND IT CHANGED MY

LIFE.

Terry: I DON'T KNOW

HOW MUCH TIME PASSED

BETWEEN THEN AND WHEN YOU

MET TYLER, THE TRUE MAN OF

YOUR DREAMS, THAT YOU'RE

MARRIED TO NOW --

YES.

Terry: -- BUT GOD

OBVIOUSLY DID SOME WORK IN

YOUR HEART ALONG THE WAY.

HOW DID YOU KNOW AFTER TWO

RELATIONSHIPS THAT YOU

THOUGHT WERE GOING TO WORK

THAT DIDN'T, HOW DID YOU

KNOW TYLER WAS THE GUY?

I THINK GOD CAN SEE

GOOD OUT OF REALLY BAD

THINGS.

AND EVEN THOUGH THOSE

RELATIONSHIPS DIDN'T WORK,

IT TAUGHT ME A LOT OF WHAT

I WANTED.

AND WHEN I MET TYLER, I

JUST KNEW.

Terry: YOU ARE A

SINGLE MOM, AND YOU HAVE A

DAUGHTER, AND DID SHE AND

TYLER HIT IT OFF RIGHT

AWAY?

I WAITED UNTIL I KNEW.

AND SHE KNEW HIM FROM

CHURCH.

AND HE WOULD BRING HIS DOG

OVER, AND ANYONE WHO KNOWS

MY DAUGHTER WOULD KNOW A

DOG IS THE WAY TO GO.

Terry: WAY TO GO,

TYLER.

YEAH.

IT WAS EASY.

Terry: TELL US ABOUT

YOUR LIFE NOW.

YOU HAVE FOUND THROUGH

YOUR FAITH AND YOUR

SEARCHING, AND GIVING GOD

DIRECTION IN YOUR LIFE, A

MAN YOU ARE DEEPLY IN LOVE

WITH.

HOW IS YOU LIFE TODAY?

EVERYTHING IS SO

WONDERFUL.

I LOOK BACK AND I SEE

GOD'S FAITHFULNESS, AND I

SEE ALL OF THESE LITTLE

GIFTS HE HAS LEFT ME AND

CONTINUES TO DO SO.

I WAKE UP AND I'M SO

GRATEFUL.

Terry: YOU HAVE

WRITTEN A BOOK "I SAID

YES," AND WHAT DID YOU

MEAN BY THAT TITLE?

PEOPLE HAVE SEEN ME SAY

YES TO A COUPLE OF

PROPOSALS ON NATIONAL

TELEVISION, WHICH IS QUITE

EMBARRASSING, BUT FOR ME

THE TRUE YES IS A

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

LORD.

Terry: WHEN PEOPLE

READ THIS BOOK, WHAT DO

YOU WANT THEM TO TAKE

AWAY, EMILY?

I THINK FOR ME, IT'S

JUST KNOWING THAT GOD HAS

A BETTER PLAN FOR ALL OF

US.

WE JUST HAVE TO TRUST IN

HIS TIMING.

FOR ME, THAT HAS BEEN

REALLY HARD.

IT IS SOMETHING I REALLY

STRUGGLED WITH.

IF YOU TRUST IN HIM, HE'LL

NEVER LEAVE YOU.

Terry: I GUESS THAT

IS MAYBE THE BIG STRUGGLE

FOR EVERYBODY, JUST

BELIEVING, WHEN WE HAVE A

DREAM IN OUR HEART FOR

SOMETHING WE WANT, THAT

GOD HAS OUR BEST INTEREST

IN MIND.

MOST OF US DON'T WAIT VERY

WELL.

IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND

DO IT OVER AGAIN, WHAT

WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?

A LOT.

I NEVER LIKE TO SAY I

DON'T HAVE ANY REGRETS,

BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF

THINGS I WISH I COULD

CHANGE, BUT IN THE END, I

DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD

CHANGE A WHOLE LOT BECAUSE

I DON'T WANT IT TO ALTER

MY LIFE NOW.

Terry: AND YOU DID

LEARN FROM IT?

YES, MA'AM.

Terry: RICKI IS 10

NOW?

YES, MA'AM.

Terry: WOULD YOU

ALLOW HER TO PARTICIPATE

IN THE BACHELOR OR THE

BACHELORETTE?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

I WOULD BEG HER, IN THE

SAME WAY MY OWN MOM DID,

NOT TO DO IT.

Terry: YOU HAVE RICKI

AND THEN YOU HAVE A SON.

HOW OLD IS HE?

SEVEN MONTHS.

Terry: AND NOW YOU'RE

EXPECTING AGAIN?

YES.

Terry: WHEN ARE YOU

DUE?

SEPTEMBER.

Terry: YOU DON'T KNOW

IF IT IS A BOY OR A GIRL?

NO, NOT YET.

Terry: ON YOUR BOOK,

WHICH IS, BY THE WAY, JUST

OUT, AND ON THE LIFE YOU

ARE SHARING WITH YOUR

WONDERFUL TYLER AND YOUR

CHILDREN.

IF YOU WANT TO HEAR MORE

OF EMILY'S STORY, PICK UP

A COPY OF HER BOOK, "I

SAID YES."

IT IS AVAILABLE WHEREVER

BOOKS ARE SOLD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

BEING HERE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

HAVING ME.

Terry: WE'LL BE BACK

WITH MORE OF "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE" RIGHT AFTER

Gordon: RACHEL WAS A

10-YEAR-OLD WITH AN

ATTITUDE.

SHE ONLY WANTED TO PLEASE

HERSELF.

THEN ONE DAY ALL THAT

CHANGED AFTER RACHEL SAW

AN UP SEWE EPISODE OF "SUPERBOOK."

Reporter: LIKE MANY

CHILDREN, 10-YEAR-OLD

RACHEL HAD A HARD TIME

OBEYING HER MOM.

IN FACT, IT WAS BECOMING

QUITE A PROBLEM AT HOME.

I OFTEN ASKED RACHEL

FOR HELP WITH THE CHORES,

BUT SHE NEVER LISTENED TO

ME.

I FELT LIKE SHE WAS

REJECTING HER SISTER AND

ME.

IT MADE ME FEEL VERY SAD.

I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT

HELPING ANYONE.

I DIDN'T WANT TO SHARE

ANYTHING WITH MY SISTER.

I WOULD RATHER HAVE FUN

WITH MY FRIENDS THAN STAY

HOME TO HELP MY MOM.

Reporter: THEN A

VILLAGE PASTOR INVITED

RACHEL AND SOME KIDS TO

THE CHURCH TO WATCH THE

CLASSIC EDITION OF CBN'S

"SUPERBOOK" PROGRAM ABOUT

THE GOOD SAMARITAN.

I LIKED THE GOOD

SAMARITAN.

HE HAD A LOT OF LOVE.

I WANTED TO BE LIKE HIM.

Reporter: AT THE END

OF THAT PROGRAM, RACHEL

PRAYED TO BECOME A

CHRISTIAN.

I LEARNED JESUS LOVES

ME AND HE DIED FOR ALL OF

MY SINS.

I PUT MY TRUST IN HIM AND

FELT SO HAPPY.

Reporter: SHE ALSO

LEARNED ABOUT WAYS SHE

COULD BE A GOOD SAMARITAN,

TOO.

I SHOULD NOT BE SELFISH

AND I SHOULD DO GOOD

THINGS FOR OTHER PEOPLE

AND HELP THOSE IN NEED.

Reporter: BACK AT

HOME, RACHEL PUT THOSE

IDEAS INTO ACTION AND HER

MOM NOTICED RIGHT AWAY.

RACHEL SHOWED LOVE FOR

HER FAMILY.

SHE STARTED HELPING ME

WITH THE HOUSEWORK.

WHEN I GOT SICK, SHE TOOK

CARE OF ME AND PRAYED FOR

ME.

Reporter: RACHEL TOLD

HER PARENTS WHAT SHE HAD

LEARNED ABOUT JESUS AND

THE GOOD SAMARITAN, AND

THEN SHE PRAYED WITH THEM

AND THEY BECAME

CHRISTIANS, TOO.

NOW THE WHOLE FAMILY GOES

TO CHURCH TOGETHER.

RACHEL AND HER SISTER NOW

INVITE ALL OF THE

NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS TO COME

AND WATCH CBN'S NEW

RE-IMAGINED VERSION OF

"SUPERBOOK," WHICH IS

AIRING IN A LANGUAGE

ACROSS CAMBODIA.

BECAUSE OF "SUPERBOOK,"

MY PARENTS, MY SISTER, AND

MY FRIENDS ALL RECEIVED

JESUS AS THEIR SAVIOR.

THANK YOU, CBN, FOR

"SUPERBOOK."

Gordon: "SUPERBOOK"

IS CHANGING LIVES.

AND IT IS HAPPENING ACROSS

THE WORLD.

WE'RE NOW IN OVER 40

LANGUAGES WITH SEASON ONE.

WE'RE HEADING INTO 50

LANGUAGES, WHICH WILL BE

COMPLETED BY THE END OF

THIS YEAR.

THERE IS A BROADCAST MAP

OF WHERE WE'RE

BROADCASTING "SUPERBOOK"

AROUND THE WORLD.

JUST IMAGINE, YOU CAN BE A

PART OF TAKING THE STORIES

OF THE BIBLE TO THE

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.

WE WANT TO GET IT INTO

THEIR HEART LANGUAGE, AND

THE WONDERFUL THING ABOUT

ANIMATION IS IT IS EASILY

DUBBED INTO ALL THESE

DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

SO THEY'RE SPEAKING RIGHT

TO CHILDREN, USING THE

MOST POPULAR TRANSLATION

OF THE BIBLE IN THEIR

CULTURE.

ALL MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE

PEOPLE LIKE YOU CARE

ENOUGH TO GIVE.

HOW DO YOU DO IT?

HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?

WELL, YOU JOIN THE

"SUPERBOOK" D.V.D. CLUB.

AND EVERY TIME A NEW

EPISODE OF "SUPERBOOK"

COMES OUT, YOU'LL BE FIRST

IN LINE TO RECEIVE IT.

AND ON TOP OF GETTING A

NEW EPISODE, WE'LL UNLOCK

SEASON ONE AND TWO FOR

YOU, SO YOU CAN HAVE THEM

STREAMED INTO A TABLET,

SMART PHONE, ON TO A

DESKTOP, SO YOU CAN ENJOY

26 EPISODES, IN ADDITION

TO THE LATEST EPISODE.

IF YOU WANT TO GET

INVOLVED, HOW MUCH IS IT?

IT IS JUST $25.

SO CALL US:

1-888-777-1999.

WHEN YOU CALL AND JOIN,

WE'LL SEND YOU THREE

COPIES.

NOT JUST ONE COPY, BUT

THREE COPIES OF THE LATEST

D.V.D., "DAVID AND SAUL,"

THE STORY OF HOW DAVID

WENT THROUGH THE CAVES.

HIS EXPERIENCE IN THE

CAVES AND HOW SAUL WAS

AGAINST HIM.

AND HOW GOD WAS FOR HIM.

I WANT YOU TO HAVE IT WHEN

YOU JOIN, SO CALL US:

1-888-777-1999.

TERRY?

Terry: STILL AHEAD, A

MARRIED COUPLE DRIFTS

APART, AND THE WIFE WINDS

UP IN THE ARMS OF ANOTHER

MAN.

I WAS GETTING ALL OF

THE REGULAR THINGS I

ALWAYS DID AT CHARGE, I

WAS LEADING WORSHIP AND

HELPING WITH OUR KIDS'

MINISTRY, ALL AT THE SAME

TIME OF LIVING IN THIS

AFFAIR.

Terry: WATCH WHAT

Terry: ANDY AND

DUSTIN LARSON WERE SO BUSY

DOING GOD'S WORK, THAT

THEY NEGLECTED TO TAKE

CARE OF EACH OTHER.

AND THEN BRANDY STARTED

GETTING ATTENTION FROM

OTHER MAN AND AN AFFAIR

HAPPENED.

I HAD NEVER BEEN IN

THAT AREA OF MY LIFE WHERE

I LIED.

THEN YOU START LYING AND

COVERING UP, AND THEN SOON

SO MUCH FEELS LIKE A LIE

AND I'M POWERLESS TO STOP

THIS.

DUS AND I MET AT A WEDDING

RECEPTION.

WE WOULD HANG OUT, AND

SHE REALLY LOVED THE LORD,

AND I FELT LIKE THIS IS

SOMEONE GOD BROUGHT INTO

MY LIFE.

I WAS 19 WHEN WE GOT

MARRIED.

I WAS 23 YEARS OLD WHEN

WE GOT MARRIED.

VERY SOON WE MOVED

ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR DUS

TO START IN A MINISTRY, IN

AN INNER CITY CHURCH.

WE WERE EXCITED ABOUT

WHAT GOD WAS DOING IN OUR

LIVES AND THE MINISTRY

BECAME THE FOCAL POINT.

I KNEW MARRIAGE DIDN'T

MATCH UP TO WHAT I THOUGHT

THE MARRIAGE WOULD LOOK

LIKE.

BUT I WAS RAISED IN A HOME

WHERE MY PARENTS STRUGGLED

IN THEIR MARRIAGE, SO I

DIDN'T SEE A MODEL OF A

GOOD MARRIAGE.

WE MOVED BACK TO

SACRAMENTO, AND I STARTED

HELPING AT A CHURCH WE HAD

GONE TO BEFORE WE MARRIED.

HE STARTED AT THE

CHURCH AND I WAS ACTUALLY

HIS ASSISTANT.

GOD WAS REALLY THE BASE OF

WHAT EVERYTHING IN OUR

LIFE WAS AROUND.

THE CHURCH ALWAYS TOOK THE

FIRST PRIORITY.

WE WER WEREN'T FIGHTING OR

HAVING ARGUMENTS, BUT WE

WEREN'T SPENDING QUALITY

TIME TOGETHER.

WE WERE ALMOST ROOMMATES

IN A SENSE AT THAT POINT.

WE WERE REALLY GOOD

FRIENDS WITH A COUPLE IN

THE CHURCH, AND SLOWLY

LITTLE THINGS FROM THE

HUSBAND STARTED TO STAND

OUT TO ME.

KIND OF STARTING TO AFFIRM

ME AND TO POUR WATER ON

ALL OF THESE DRY SPOTS IN

MY LIFE THAT HAD BEEN DRY

FOR SO LONG I KIND OF

DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE WERE

THERE.

IT WAS DEFINITELY

EMOTIONLESS FOR ME FOR A

LONG TIME, BUT IT DID END

PHYSICAL.

IT IS SO SLOW AND SO

SUBTLE, AND ALL OF A

SUDDEN I REMEMBER WAKING

UP AND THINKING, LIKE A

LIGHTBULB WENT ON IN MY

HEAD ABOUT WHAT I WAS

DOING, I WAS IN A

RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE

OTHER THAN MY HUSBAND.

HOW CAN I LOVE GOD AND BE

LIVING IN AN AFFAIR.

THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY

SENSE.

I WAS DOING ALL OF THE

REGULAR THINGS I DID AT

CHURCH, I WAS LEADING

WORSHIP AND HELPING WITH

OUR KIDS' MINISTRY, ALL AT

THE SAME TIME WHILE LIVING

IN THIS AFFAIR.

I HAD GONE ON A MISSIONS

TRIP WITH OUR CHURCH AND I

WAS GOING TO LEAD WORSHIP,

AND I REMEMBER I WAS

GETTING MY BIBLE READY IN

MY TENT BEFORE I WENT OUT,

AND I SAT DOWN.

I JUST KNEW -- GOD WAS

SHOWING ME SO MUCH, LIKE,

YOU'RE LIVING A DOUBLE

LIFE.

AND I REMEMBER I COULDN'T

DO THIS ANYMORE.

I REMEMBER CRYING OUT TO

THE LORD, AND I SAID, GOD,

I'M STUCK.

I DON'T HAVE THE POWER TO

END THIS ON MY OWN.

I DON'T KNOW HOW.

I DON'T HAVE THE STRENGTH

TO DO THAT ON MY OWN.

SO I'M ASKING YOU, YOU

HAVE TO HELP ME AND SHOW

ME.

YOU HAVE TO INTERVENE IN

THIS SITUATION.

IN THAT MOMENT, IT'S LIKE

GOD'S EARS OPENED UP AND

SAID, SHE'S CALLING ON ME.

SHE'S READY FOR ME.

EVERYTHING CAME TO LIGHT

ABOUT TWO DAYS AFTER I

PRAYED THAT PRAYER IN

MEXICO.

I PICKED HER UP FROM

THE AIRPORT, AND ON THE

WAY HOME SHE GOT A TEXT ON

HER PHONE SAYING THAT ONE

OF THE CHURCH LEADERS

WANTED TO MEET WITH US.

AND I JUST KNEW IN THAT

MOMENT THAT THEY KNEW.

WE WALKED INTO THIS

BACK ROOM --

IT WAS DUS AND I AND A

COUPLE OF THE CHURCH

LEADERS.

I REMEMBER OUR WORSHIP

LEADER PUTTING A STACK OF

PAPERS DOWN ON A COFFEE

TABLE RIGHT IN FRONT OF

US.

THEY HAD HAD SOME

RECORDS OF TEXT MESSAGES

AND NUMEROUS PHONE

CONVERSATIONS THAT

WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN NORMAL

FOR JUST A NORMAL

RELATIONSHIP.

AND HE SAID, DO YOU

HAVE ANYTHING THAT YOU

WANT TO SAY TO DUSTIN?

I JUST SPILLED

EVERYTHING.

I TOLD THEM ABOUT THE

AFFAIR FOR THE PAST YEAR.

I JUST TOLD THEM

EVERYTHING.

I FELT KIND OF, YOU

KNOW, THIS GUT-WRENCHING

PAIN.

DUSTIN'S WHOLE WORLD

WAS PULLED OUT FROM

UNDERNEATH HIM.

THEY SAID, WE WANT YOU

TO GO HOME AND FIGURE OUT

WHAT THE NEXT STEP IS FOR

YOU GUYS.

YOU NEED TO TAKE SOME TIME

TO BE TOGETHER.

WE DIDN'T ACTUALLY GO HOME

AND TALK.

WE WENT OUR SEPARATE WAYS.

Reporter: DUS SAID TO

ME, HE DIDN'T THINK HE

COULD DO IT, HE DIDN'T

THINK HE COULD GET PAST

THE HURT AND THE BETRAYAL.

AND HE DIDN'T THINK HE

COULD EVER BE ABLE TO

TRUST ME AGAIN BECAUSE I

LIED FOR SO LONG.

IT WAS DEFINITELY A

VERY LONELY TIME.

THERE WAS NO ONE ELSE TO

HELP ME THROUGH WHAT I WAS

FEELING INSIDE, OTHER THAN

GOD.

WE DIDN'T LIVE

TOGETHER.

I LIVED IN A GUEST HOUSE

WITH SOME FRIENDS, AND HE

WOULD LIVE AT OUR HOUSE.

AND THEN I WOULD COME AND

LIVE AT THE HOUSE AND STAY

WITH THE KIDS FOR A COUPLE

OF DAYS, AND DUSTIN WOULD

STAY WITH SOME FAMILY

MEMBERS.

WE DID THAT FOR A COUPLE

OF MONTHS.

THOSE WERE PROBABLY THE

DARKEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

I SAID TO THE LORD, I'M

WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT

TAKES FOR YOU TO SAVE OUR

MARRIAGE, TO SAVE OUR

FAMILY.

THERE IS NOTHING THAT YOU

COULD ASK OF ME THAT I

WON'T BE WILLING TO DO.

IT WAS A LONELY TIME,

BUT IT WAS ALSO A TIME

WHERE I REALLY FEEL LIKE I

GREW CLOSER TO THE LORD.

TRYING TO PUT THE

PIECES OF A LIFE BACK

TOGETHER, YOU JUST CAN'T

PUT A TIME LIMIT ON THAT.

WE DID SO MUCH

COUNSELLING.

I REMEMBER THAT WHEN

DIFFICULT THINGS HAPPEN TO

YOU, HOW YOU CAN PUT YOUR

TRUST IN GOD.

I REMEMBER GOD GOING,

DUSTIN, IT IS TIME FOR YOU

TO LIVE OUT WHAT YOU'VE

BEEN SAYING.

HE CALLED ME ONE NIGHT,

AND HE SAID, I'D LIKE YOU

TO COME LIVE BACK AT THE

HOUSE.

REALLY UNDERSTANDING

HIS FORGIVENESS OF MY SIN

IS WHAT HELPED ME TO

FORGIVE BRANDY.

HOW CAN I NOT FORGIVE HER

WHEN HE HAS ALREADY

FORGIVEN ME.

GOD GAVE HIM HOPE THERE

COULD BE RESTORATION FOR

US.

A COUPLE OF YEARS AFTER

THE AFFAIR, WE HAD A

SURPRISE PREGNANCY.

SHE HAS BEEN SUCH A GIFT

TO US, IN ADDITION TO OUR

OTHER KIDS.

I CAN'T IMAGINE LIFE

NOW, WITHOUT HER.

HAD WE NOT STAYED

TOGETHER, SHE WOULD NEVER

HAVE BEEN BORN.

DUSTIN AND I HAVE A

LEVEL OF CLOSENESS NOW WE

NEVER HAD BEFORE.

I THINK IT WAS JUST

BECAUSE OF US HEALING AND

GOD GROWING US BACK

TOGETHER.

AND REALLY GOD CREATING

BEAUTY FROM ASHES.

WHATEVER BROKENNESS,

WHATEVER PAIN THAT IS

GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE, GOD

IS SO MUCH GREATER.

AND THAT YOU CAN PUT YOUR

TRUST IN HIM, AND THAT HE

WILL SEE YOU THROUGH IT.

I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND

GOD'S GRACE IN A DIFFERENT

WAY THAN I EVER DID

BECAUSE OF THE CHOICES

THAT I'VE MADE, REALIZING

IT IS ONLY BY GOD'S GRACE

EVERY DAY THAT CLEANSES ME

FROM ALL OF THE FILTTH AND

ALL OF THE HO HORRIBLE THINGS

I'VE DONE.

THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE.

Terry: WHAT AN

AMAZING STORY OF

RESTORATION.

IT IS NOT JUST

RESTORATION.

WHAT AN AMAZING STORY OF

THE POWER OF GOD TO HELP

US GET PAST THE THINGS

THAT CAN JUST DOMINATE OUR

EMOTIONAL LIFE, OUR HEART

OR THINKING.

THE WOUNDS THAT WE

SOMETIMES CREATE IN OUR

OWN LIVES AND

RELATIONSHIPS.

I HAVE SEEN SO MANY

MARRIAGES WHERE THERE HAS

BEEN TROUBLE, AND NOTHING

HAS BEEN DONE TO WORK IT

OUT UNTIL THE PARTNERS

STOP WANTING GOD TO FIX

IT.

WE NEED TO ADDRESS THESE

THINGS HEAD ON, RIGHT WHEN

THEY'RE FACING US.

IT IS NEVER EASY.

IT IS NEVER A SIMPLE

DECISION.

THERE IS ALWAYS A JOURNEY

AND A PROCESS INVOLVED IN

IT.

ULTIMATELY, IT TAKES US

BACK TO THE VOWS WE MAKE

TO EACH OTHER, FOR BETTER

OR WORSE, IN SICKNESS AND

IN HEALTH, UNTIL DEATH DO

US PART.

I'VE OFTEN HEARD GORDON

SAY IS THE REASON GOD

HATES DIVORCE -- YOU NEED

TO CONTINUE READING ON IN

THAT SCRIPTURE -- BECAUSE

HE WANTS SPIRITUAL

CHILDREN.

IT SO IMPACTS FAMILIES, SO

IMPACTS THE CHILDREN

INVOLVED.

WE HAVE NO IDEA WHEN WE'RE

MAKING THOSE DECISIONS,

ALL OF THE TENTACLES AND

RAMIFICATIONS.

WE HAVE SOME PRAYERS THAT

HAVE COME IN ONLINE.

WE ALWAYS ASK YOU TO SHARE

WITH US YOUR REQUESTS.

HERE IS ONE FROM ALLEY.

SHE WRITES, "PLEASE PRAY

FOR THE RESTORATION OF MY

MARRIAGE.

MY HUSBAND NEEDS CLEANSING

FROM PORN ADDICTION, THAT

HAS DEVASTATED MYSELF AND

MY FAMILY."

AND CYNTHIA SAYS, "I NEED

PRAYER FOR MY MARRIAGE.

MY HUSBAND IS IN KOREA FOR

TWO YEARS.

AND WE HAVE GROWN APART.

HE HAS BECOME VERY DISTANT

AND COMBATIVE WITH ME.

I FEAR FOR WHEN HE COMES

HOME."

> I'D LIKE TO PRAY FOR

ALLEY AND CYNTHIA.

GOD IS ABLE.

HIS HEART IS FOR

RESTORATION, AND HIS HEART

IS FOR UNITY.

HIS HEART IS FOR VOWS THAT

HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO BE

FULFILLED, BUT NOT

GRITTING OUR TEETH.

GOD PROMISES US MORE THAN

THAT.

HE SAYS HE'LL GIVE US

BEAUTY FOR ASHES, IF WE'LL

JUST BRING OUR MESS TO HIM

AND LET HIM MAKE SOMETHING

BEAUTIFUL OUT OF IT.

SO LET'S PRAY TOGETHER

NOW.

WILL YOU JOIN ME IN

PRAYING FOR ALLEY AND

CYNTHIA, AND THEN WE'RE

GOING TO PRAY GENERALLY

FOR ANY OF YOU WHO ARE

HURTING AS WELL.

SO LET'S PRAY.

FATHER, I'M JUST SO

GRATEFUL, AS WE COME TO

YOU TODAY, THAT YOU'RE NOT

ONLY ABLE, YOU'RE WILLING,

YOU'RE POWERFUL.

YOU GIVE US DAY TO DAY,

MOMENT BY MOMENT DIRECTION

IN HOW TO LIVE.

YOU GIVE US WISDOM THAT IS

NOT OURS.

YOU GIVE US STRENGTH FOR

THE JOURNEY.

GOD, I'M PRAYING

ESPECIALLY FOR ALLEY, THAT

YOU WOULD BRING HER

HUSBAND TO A PLACE OF

DESIRING, MORE THAN

ANYTHING, TO BE SET FREE.

YOU DID NOT CREATE US TO

LIVE IN BONDAGE TO

ANYTHING THAT SEPARATES US

FROM OUR SPOUSES, OR

ESPECIALLY THAT SEPARATES

US FROM YOU.

O GOD, GIVE HIM STRENGTH

AND COURAGE TO DO THAT,

AND GIVE HER THE STRENGTH

AND COURAGE NEEDED TO SEEK

HELP AND RESTORATION FOR

THEIR MARRIAGE.

AND THEN, GOD, I JUST WANT

TO PRAY FOR CYNTHIA AS HER

HUSBAND IS SERVING IN

KOREA.

GOD, MAKE A WAY WHERE

THERE SEEMS TO BE NO WAY.

RESTORE WHAT THE ENEMY HAS

TAKEN AND TAKE WHAT HE

MEANT FOR EVIL AND TURN IT

FOR GOOD.

IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY.

AMEN.

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THIS WORD FROM 1

PETER: "ABOVE ALL, LOVE

EACH OTHER DEEPLY BECAUSE

LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF

SINS."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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