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Loving Our Spouse

Genesis 2:18

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amA few weeks ago – my wife and I celebrated 39 years of marriage. Next year in August will we celebrate 40 years. I’m open to suggestions on how we should celebrate. We’ve talked about taking a trip somewhere. I’d like an Alaskan cruise. She’d like a trip to Hawaii. It will also be landmark birthday years for each of us.

For the young people out there – I want to share that our marriage hasn’t always been easy (and it isn’t now either). Love is not an emotion – it is a commitment. We haven’t always kept our vows perfectly – but we committed to stay with each other – till death do us part (I have to sleep with one eye open some nights – LOL). Commitment means we stick it out thru the good and the bad times (although in some marriages there might be bad enough times that separating is the best option).

God knew that life was going to be rough at times for each of us. God knew we needed help walking the journey of life. In today’s passage – as God was retelling the creation story – we’re reminded in Genesis that God knew we shouldn’t be alone. We may not all marry – but we need partners or friends in life to get thru the ups and downs. We all need someone on our side. Continue reading

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A Cord of Three Strands is Not Quickly Broken

Ecclesiastes 4:12

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

RayBlogHappy Valentine’s Day. I know I wrote a devotional thought earlier this week to remind husbands that they needed to get on the ball. My son-in-laws spoil my girls on Valentine’s Day and most days even. Today I wanted to talk about strong relationships. A marriage is supposed to be the strongest relationship we can have – aside from our relationship with God – yet even that relationship can be what makes our marriage bond even better.

Here is the passage in context. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

I want to look at this scripture in the context of marriage. As a married man I agree – two are better than one. I also agree with the part about if two lie down together, they will keep warm. I also agree with the part that says – though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

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February 14, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Marriage | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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