Ishshahs: Basic Cornerstones for Marriage by Celena Owens

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“And the rib or part of his side which the Lord God had taken from the man He built up and made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.” — Genesis 2:22

Architects, engineers and even beauticians know that a good foundation is imperative for any lasting design. Laying a good foundation affords the subsequent tiers sustainability and endurance. In, ISHSHAHS: Basic Cornerstones for Marriage,Pastor Celena Owens shares personal, practical and scriptural references on the importance of a strong and Godly marital foundation. It is through God’s grace, prayer and by reading and applying His Word that we grow into the Godly women we were created to be.

Wives everywhere want a happy and Godly marriage. Today, much is written and said about achieving happiness, but having the assurance that you’re pleasing God and building your marriage according to His specifications is not something the world can teach. Let ISHSHAHS: Basic Cornerstones for Marriage help you lay solid groundwork for your marriage!

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Interview with Celena Owens

When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?
I’ve always been one who journals and takes notes, so composing my own personal studies on the women in scripture was always fun and easy for me. It wasn’t until 2015 that God “came to me” with the idea of actually scribing my notes and understandings.

Why is the theme of this project important?
Several reasons making being a “good” spouse important. I’ll share only three:

  1. Knowing how God would have you to treat your spouse, that person you’ve vowed to be with forever, is imperative; and something that God Himself takes very seriously ISHSHAHS: Basic Cornerstones for Marriage(Hosea 2:19-20).
  2. The medical world has found that “marital cohesion” actually helps reduce strain on ones cardiovascular health, sexual health, and of course emotional health.
  3. God has given “older” women a responsibility to “give good counsel, teach what is right, and wisely train the younger women” (Titus 2:3-5). I am so blessed that the Lord has entrusted me to this purpose. Whether I die today or 50 years from now, I want to ensure that the record shows that I’ve tried to do my part! 🙂

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
The truncated version: I learned that if you just say, YES, GOD; I TRUST YOU, God is faithful to perform His Word in your life.
He is able, He finishes the good works He starts, and His plans and purposes for your life are NOT thwarted as long as You trust in, rely on, and believe in HIM to bring them to pass.
It was AFTER the book was published, that I learned the enemy comes in like a flood; to test your transparency, authenticity, and loyalty to all that you’ve just declared on paper. But, God . . . is a Keeper, an Ezer (in times of trouble), and a STRONG Tower (that those truly seeking righteousness) can run to, and be safe.

How do you find time to write?
A promotion within my local system wasn’t working out as well as I’d hoped. Medically, emotionally, and mentally I was being drained, DAILY. My husband asked me about quitting; I didn’t think that would show very good perseverance, so I kept at it. It wasn’t long after that conversation until the Lord released me from that assignment by saying, “You have My permission to quit. You have HAD my permission.” His permission was given when my husband asked me about quitting. After a local visit to my home church, it was revealed to my heart that the Lord had released me for a time such as this. I’m so thankful.

If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?

That’s SUCH a loaded question! 🙂
Off the top of my head, I’ve always wanted to meet Abigail; and I do believe the Lord will allow me to once I get to Glory! Abigail was the widow of Nabal, who later went on to marry king David after her first husband’s “Godly removal” (1 Samuel 25).
I would like to meet with her, and scribe another book from our conversations entitled, “Why I Stayed”.

About Celena Owens

Celena is pastor of Poimen Ministries: a burgeoning assembly meeting locally in Largo. Above even that, Celena’s 1st ministry is unto the Lord and her family. She has been married to Adrian for nearly 20 years, and is ”devoted to prayer and the Word of God” (Acts 6:4).

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on

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