The greatest of all gifts to mankind is the gift of marriage and family.
The magnitude of this affects everything in our lives. Think about it.
Our lives begin with a Mother and a Father. Often life’s journey begins with brothers and sisters. God’s ideal was that we start out in this world with a family.
We give our lives to be with someone. We change everything to build a future together. Full of great expectation we have children, hoping that they will love God and that we can give them the best opportunities to have the life they were destined to walk in.
The topic of marriage and family can be a very sensitive and tender issue. Amidst the joy of family, there is also much pain, regret, struggle and abuse. Yet there is also great hope, desire and even expectations in marriage and family.
On May 19, 2008 we found ourselves at a pivotal crossroads. There was great compromise in our lives.
God broke in with great mercy and grace. We said, “yes” to all, that God had destined for us. He took our weak “yes” and our little effort and added His supernatural power and our lives and home have never been the same.
Transformation is not an automatic result of trials. It occurs as we respond rightly to God in the trial.
The devil tells us that our trials are proof that we do not have God’s favor, that we are a failure who is forgotten by God, disqualified from His blessing, and destined to fail, or that our relationship with God and our family is not genuine and sincere.
History is filled with countless stories of men and women who sought for revival. They knew that what they had was not all that was meant to be.
Do you find yourself with a desperate cry that there must be more?
We believe every marriage and every home sets out to have that 10 out 10 marriage and home they dreamed of. Yet, many marriages get derailed filled with the many challenges life brings. We believe with God all things are possible.
Much of what we learned and what God has taken us through will help many marriages and families.
The first half of this book we lay a foundation of marriage and God’s original intent for you and your spouse. One of the greatest gifts we were given was a Biblical understanding of marriage. Marriage is like a garden that must be cultivated by watering it and weeding it. We aim to discuss ways that will not only help you persevere in your marriage but to thrive in your marriage.
The second half of the book is aimed at igniting your children to live lives on fire for God. You will discover how to build a prophetic home, how your kids can hear God’s voice, how the Word of God can be a part of their lives and that the supernatural power of God can be normal and not rare!
This vision is attainable and can be done with God’s help. But it starts with you simply saying Yes. Maybe you feel you can’t have this, or have already settled for such a low standard that you cannot remember the last time you felt hope, let alone faith. We want to encourage and tell you, that with God ALL things are possible for those who believe.
In this book we hope to give you tools, awaken you to what is possible, expose cultural lies and give vision that you can change history, starting with you, starting with your home.
It is impossible to have a house on fire without a strong foundation in marriage or a right understanding on raising up the next generations with a Biblical worldview. We believe that to strengthen and ignite homes, we must go to the foundation of a home. Having a home that is set a part for God, ablaze for Him, is much more than just having a great moment at Church that is why we have chosen to write on the various themes.
Christian parents want to raise children who are on fire for God, not children living a mediocre Christian experience. For this to become reality, marriages must be on fire! Homes must be set apart. Lifestyles must look different. Returning to foundational truths, with the invitation to be counter cultural, this book is meant to reform, motivate and inspire the reader through the entire relationship spectrum—singleness, marriages, and parenting. We believe this book will ignite a spark within homes, where the Holy Spirit can be comfortable and a fresh baptism of fire is released.
Come on a journey with us and allow the pages of this book to expand your vision until all you see is God’s divine plans and purposes.
Antonio and Christelle Baldovinos