When Rick told me about his 5 Day Face-To-Face With God challenge that starts tomorrow night (Wednesday), and the journey to get there, he failed to tell me the inside story, that only his wife could reveal about him and his journey.
If you want to know about a man, you can learn all you need to know from his wife. That testimony can be so damming or supportive that no woman can be compelled to testify in a court of law against her husband.
So Rick’s wife Luba, decided to give folks a look at the man behind the reputation of her husband whose books in print are over 110 million! I have to admit I was deeply affected by her letter and asked if I could share it with you.
With Luba’s permission, here is the letter. You’ll know what you need to do when you’re finished reading it…
Hi everyone. I wanted to take a moment and share with you part of Rick’s story from my perspective as his wife. Rick & I were married 5 months to the day of meeting each other and I didn’t get to hear him teach until shortly before we were married. I remember sitting there listening to him with a little bit of shock and awe and thinking to myself “I can’t believe I’m going to be married to this man!”
From day one, Rick made it clear that God was number one. He has always been faithful and protected his quiet time with the Lord. But one day he shared with me that God was asking him to spend more time with him.
I was surprised because I thought he already was spending a significant amount of time with him and in my feeble little mind, I couldn’t conceive how anyone could spend 3-4 hours every day praying and reading their Bible. But in faithfulness, off he went.
Then came another day a year or so later when Rick shared again that God was asking for more time. And then again. This went on until Rick was spending the whole day with God in his Word.
What people don’t know is what he was like to live with during this time. It started where I could hear him in the other room sniffling and I thought, how sweet, he’s having a moment with God.
But that was happening every… single…day. Then I noticed that it began to turn into weeping…every…single…day. And as he spent more time with God, the emotions continued to intensify…every…single…day.
Sometimes his sobbing was so deep, I would have to check in on him to see if he was okay. His reply back to me was always the same, “He just loves us so much, if we only knew how much.”
Just so you get a better picture of this, even if we were watching a movie, my husband would suddenly begin to weep at a part in the movie where no weeping was required. I began to realize that God’s presence never left him even outside of his quiet time.
It’s been about 10 years now since he began this new level of intimacy with God and he still weeps from time to time. The things the Father has shown him are profound and life changing…and so simple.
When I listen to him teach now, I feel truth hitting my spirit and it creates a desire in me to know God the way he does. I love hearing him teach and I still say to this day “I can’t believe I’m married to this man”.
If you have a desire to know the Father on a deeper level, I would so encourage you to come to Rick’s 5 Day Face to Face with God challenge. He not only knows what he’s talking about, he knows how to get all of us there. I hope to see you in the Challenge; I’ll be there learning too!
Hope to see you there my friends.