Several weeks after the divorce, Dale and Jena got into yet another argument, but this time Jena did something very risky – she let her guard down and let Dale see her heart as she said: “Dale, what have we done? Why don’t you come get me, and let’s fix this thing.” God had been preparing both Dale and Jena for this divine appointment. Through this conversation, the Holy Spirit began to “melt the hardened mess of our hearts.” Within minutes they were sharing and sobbing uncontrollably. The Forehands spent the next four months in frequent, intentional marriage counseling with a godly Christian counselor who walked them through the healing process. Though they worked through some very hard days, at the end of that time, they knew in their minds that re-marriage was what God wanted for them. “On December 21, 1997, we were remarried to the glory of God,” they say. On the morning of their remarriage, Cole told them since they were getting together with each other, he wanted to pray and get together with God. On the day of their re-marriage, Cole gave his life to Christ.
Forming Stained Glass Ministries®
Yes, God worked a miracle in Dale and Jena’s life personally, in their marriage and in their family. As they look back over their journey, they clearly see the powerful hand of God. In 1997, when they remarried, ministry to men, women and marriages was not something they had ever considered. But God never waste a hurt, he longs to take the pain we have experienced and turn it into a passion for him. Our mess-ups truly can become our ministry. The verse that speaks to them and their calling to minister to the families in this country is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”(NIV)
This became so evident when Dale and Jena shared their story for the very first time on valentine’s weekend, 1998. After sharing their “amazing grace” story, they remember a young woman coming up to them and saying, “thank you so much for sharing what God did in your life. You see, I was two years old, just like your daughter, when my parents divorced. I’m in my 20’s now but I’m still not over it. Thank you for trusting God with your marriage.” It was at that moment that the Lord birthed, literally burned within Dale and Jena’s hearts a passion to inspire marriages and build up families. They took the next couple of years to heal, rebuild their love and family.
Dale and Jena Forehand know firsthand the brokenness of their marriage. God used their brokenness to birth confession. Confession created repentance. Repentance rekindled Lordship. Lordship led to faith, hope and love. The Love of Christ and a new love for each other restored and family and in 2003, founded Stained Glass Ministries®. Dale and Jena are examples of God’s grace, where broken, fragmented and stained lives can be put back together to create a beautiful work of art. A stained glass life, a stained glass marriage! They also know that the miracle of a restored marriage is a miracle that God wants couples to take an active part in. In fact, the miracle of a thriving, exciting, fulfilling marriage is miracle that God wants all husbands and wives to take an active part in. It is the heart behind what they do as they travel around the country, leading conferences, speaking and partnering with local and national ministries “shedding the light of Christ on all of life’s relationships”. It’s their prayer that what God did for them, you allow HIM to do for you.