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!
Ephesians 4:2 “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each others faults because of your love.” NLT I can assure you that we are all well aware of our faults, shortcomings and weaknesses. We most certainly do not need someone constantly pointing them out to us. My love… Continue reading Building one another up in love
Ephesians 4:32 “Instead, be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” Today’s challenge is different. Forgive someone who has hurt you, wronged you, upset you. Even if they don’t ask for it. For whatever reason you are harboring anger and bitterness toward someone,… Continue reading Forgiveness
Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God; those who are called according to His purpose.” I missed a day…I put my nose in a book last night and read it cover to cover! It was a very eye opening fictional account of a young… Continue reading All things work together for the good
I have spent the majority of my life journaling. I started in seventh or eighth grade and I have all of those journals stashed away. I laugh at the things I used to think were major life events. Mostly they were boy troubles! Makes me giggle. I wrote daily when Adam was going through everything. … Continue reading Healing from the inside out, instead of from the outside in
Psalm 126:5 “Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy” HCSB On September 15, 2010 my life was forever changed. My husband Adam, who was only 32, was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of sinus cancer. We had been married for almost 10 years and have 3 beautiful… Continue reading A new year full of promise and possibility