Share your dream

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two people are better than one, for they can help each other succeed.  If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.  But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.  Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm.  But how can one be warm alone?  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back to back and conquer.  Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

 

When we have God as a part of our relationships it is all but impossible to tear us apart.  There are so many couples and families struggling in their marriage today.  We live in a society where if it breaks or isn’t working like it did when we bought it, we just discard it and replace it with what we assume is something better.  Once upon a time companies built products that lasted and were durable.  If they broke, you had someone come and fix it.  Now things are made to be trashed the minute they mess up, why?  I too am guilty of this.  We had bought a VHS player when we first got married.  It has lasted us almost 12 years (yes, it still works)!  Since that time I would have to say that we have purchased approximately 6 or 7 DVD players.  They simply quit reading the disc and will not play.  When we look into what it would cost to repair it we discover that for about the same price we can get a new, fancier, better one, so why not!

Relationships however are not something we can just discard and marriages we don’t just throw away.  We grow together and help one another along.  I am the woman I am today because Adam always believed in me and supported me.  He never tried to fix me.  He offered advice and guidance when I asked.  He never threatened to leave me when things got tough.  We agreed long before we got married, that we didn’t believe in divorce.  We believed in murder (hehe!!)  Okay, that second part is a joke.  But we took our vows very seriously.

The best thing about us is that we tried to support one each others dreams.  I wish I would have done better helping him reach for his.  I wish I would have been more encouraging.  We often shared things that were on our “bucket lists” .  They were very similar.  I wish he were still here to begin tackling that list!

Challenge:  Share a dream that you have with your loved one.  Something you want to do, accomplish, or someplace you would like to go.  Whatever it is, share it.  Chances are the one you share it with will go above and beyond their abilities to help you achieve it.  Dream big!  The possibilities are endless!

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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