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Love v Commitment

June 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

                Wedding season is upon us!  Plans are coming together, arrangements have been made and nerves are on end!  Many people will be making the biggest decision of their lives.

Here’s the bad news…many will end up broken hearted and divorced.  On the day they stand before their friends and God, they are sure their lives will be wonderful, but the truth is LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH.

Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book called “Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married.”  It’s a great book on the realities of life.  What do you do when trouble comes your way and the warm fuzzy feelings start to cool?  That’s when COMMITMENT comes in.

Life happens!  Jobs are lost, children are sick, money is tight, and the list goes on and on.  Many decide that’s not the kind of life the signed up for and jump ship.  Then they go from relationship to relationship trying to find utopia only to find that place doesn’t exist.

Before you take that giant step, examine your commitment to this person.  Can you hang with them through thick and thin because those “thin” times will happen?  Can you hang with a chronic illness? What about when everything goes wrong?

Love Heart, marriage will have marvelous and miserable days.  Check out Dr. Chapman’s website at www.garychapman.org for some valuable advice from a man that held his marriage together through some tough times.  Gwen~

Arky, Arky!

July 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

Why do you think that Brother Noah was chosen to build the ark? (Genesis 6:9-22, NIV)  Could it have been his lifestyle of commitment and obedience which requires great perseverance?? 

He was instructed by God to build an ark.  God spelled out the exact specifications…roof, doors, three decks, type of wood, and the way to make the ark watertight.  It was crucial that Noah stick to every detail if the vessel was going to accommodate all the animals and stay afloat.

Can you imagine the reaction from his fellowman?  The disbelief, rejection, laughter and ridicule, but “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.”(Genesis 6:22, NIV)

The Lord wants us to follow His instructions.  We can’t pick and choose which scripture or parts of scripture we WANT to obey.  God has made a plan and provision for your life.  God blesses those who wholeheartedly follow Him.

“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.  My father will honor the one who serves me.”(John 12:26, NIV)

Why not make obedience your goal?  We all feel inadequate but trust in the Lord and He will guide you with whatever he places before you!

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”  (Psalm 25:4, NIV)

Let the Holy Spirit empower you to follow the path of obedience and righteousness. Deb~ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conflicted?

July 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

Conflicted?  What does that mean exactly?  Well, in my mind, it’s being in a state of not being able to make up your mind about something.  Yes, maybe no.  Will, maybe won’t.  Sometimes yes, sometimes no.  It’s being in a place where you’re wavering in your commitment to one side or the other.

That’s not such a bad place to be if you’re undecided about buying a dress or a new pair of shoes.  But if you’re unable to take a stand on what you believe, that’s a whole different thing.

For those of us who are Christian and have tried to live on the fence, we know how miserable that can be.  Why?  Because we are in the world but not of the world.  We are supposed to keep ourselves wholly to our God and when we try to live as those who don’t know Him, it wreaks havoc in our lives.

So, Love Heart, where do you stand today?  Are you grounded in your faith with your thoughts heavenward, or are you still trying to dabble in the things of the world?  Take a stand with God.  He will never fail you!  Gwen~

I Do… or Do I ???

February 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

551008_10151959920090147_1162823511_nToday is my Anniversary!  I’ve been married to the love of my life for 37 years.  Wow, time flies when you’re having fun.

Greg and I married when he was 19 and I had just turned 18.  We learned a great deal about each other that first year.  Not all of it good!

However, we were taught that you tuff it out! We had made a promise not only to one another but to God.

“Will you have this woman/man to be your wedded wife/husband?  Will you love and comfort her/him, honor and keep her/him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her/him as long as you both shall live?”  th (3)

That doesn’t mean we are to stay in an abusive situation but it doesn’t mean to run at the first sign of trouble either!

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” Ephesians 5:22

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” Ephesians 5:25

th (5)As I think back over the years…there are times when I don’t know how Greg put up with me but I’m sure glad he did!

“And be kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

motor-150x1501Happy Anniversary My Love! ~Debra

“Love suffers long, and is kind; love does not envy; love does not promote itself, is not puffed up, does not behave badly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” 1Corinthians 13:4-8