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Two Equals One Plus One Equals One

1 Corinthians 3:21-23

I don’t want to hear any of you bragging about yourself or anyone else. Everything is already yours as a gift—Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life, death, the present, the future—all of it is yours, and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God.
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When John and I decide to follow after God and get married, God provided all of it!  He found rings for us and a photographer.  We did the flowers and the cake on our own.  Within a few months we got married and began our journey as husband and wife.  We once were two and now we are one in Christ.  Neither of us can boast about our ministries.  We know that we cannot do anything apart from Christ and that is one constant in our life.
John has a unique ministry and so do I, yet as a married couple we minister together.  John ministers differently than I do but our ministries fit together like a hand and a glove.  Even though we have different calls on our lives, we mesh as one.  We have learned our strengths and weaknesses as a married couple and have sought God for the answers to any confusion.
It seems as if God sends people into our lives at just the right times to keep us moving forward as one unit.  God knows the plans He has for both of us.  He knew this before we were born.  John and I were talking the other day and we wondered if perhaps we knew each other in heaven when we were just spirits.  We have been best friends since the beginning, almost as if we already knew each other.
Love can never really be measured, but we know this for sure.  Love is deep when it is true.  You will need a deep vessel in which it carry it because you do not want to lose any of it.  If your love is shallow, it will not grow.  Roots need room to grow.  Roots need some place deep to reside in so as not to be easily uprooted by day to day things.  Choose to grow your love deep into the love of God.  Choose to let God be in charge of your marriage or relationship.  Begin to see your lives as seeds desiring to be massive fruit bearing plants for Jesus.
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Coloring in the Lines

1 Corinthians 13 The Way of Love

         ] If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.  Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. …

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This week I am focusing on relationships…ya know those things filled with love and stuff?  What is a relationship? Webster defines it as follows:

re·la·tion·ship

noun \-shən-ˌship\

: the way in which two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other

: a romantic or sexual friendship between two people

: the way in which two or more people or things are connected

God describes it perfectly in the scripture verse above.  Love is something we might never ever wrap our minds fully around.  This week I will share a little bit about my husband and I’s relationship in hopes of shedding light onto the subject from our perspective.  Let me begin by stating, I told God I did not want a man in my life.  Some may giggle, but I did exactly that.  After being in a very broken relationship for 22 years, I just wanted to publish a book and travel.  That’s it. No attachments. No commitment except to God.  Just me, myself and Jesus!

Funny how God had MUCH bigger plans for me.  It says a relationship is how people communicate or deal with each other.  Hmmm, deal with? It makes it sound like such a complicated, hard thing.  A true relationship built on love is easy. Yes there are some things to work out, however, I feel the secret to a successful relationship is simply God.  If God is love, then a relationship based on God is then surely based on love.  John and I know that if we ever stop letting God be the center of our marriage we will surely fall short of the intent of love.  We know that the absence of God is the absence of love.

When John and I met we both knew God.  Now, while I was content to be without man, John on the other hand was seeking for a wife.  I still laugh sometimes when I think about how sneaky God can be sometimes.  So often in life we think we have it all figured out and we are going to tell God how it’s going to go.  Wrong!  He has awesome plans for our lives.  He longs to see us happy!  So long story short, God showed up in both of our lives and though John got what he wanted all along, I had to come to the realization that often God gives us what we need in life long before we realize that we really wanted it all along anyways.

Tomorrow, I will share how things change in relationships.  I will share how we can grow stronger in not only love but our faith.  If only we could get that embedded in our brains:  God is love and love is God, the word relationship would not be such a scary one in our vocabulary.

Walking in Love

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. Hebrews 1:3

198graceWhat does it mean to walk in love?  Does it mean that you hang on your mate all the time and they are the center of your world?  Does it mean that with marriage you become focused on each other more than anything else?  Perhaps walking in love means that you set aside your “normal” life and learn how to become dependent on each other for what it takes to make the marriage work. Or does it mean that you surrender your will, mind and emotions to your marriage instead of God?

You may think those ideas are pretty far fetched, however for some this is their idea of a perfect marriage.  A marriage is not suppose to stop your life, it should support your relationship with God and begin to grow you stronger in that relationship.  As the two flesh become one, it means with God in the center and not that the marriage out weighs all else in your life.  God purposed for us to have a mate which is why He created woman for man to have communion with.  God delights in the union of a man and his wife but He did not intend for the couple to stop walking with Him.

So to me, walking in love is grace.  God graced two persons with a love that led them to marriage and now He wants to take that union and grow a relationship based on walking with Him.  He longs to be in the center of your life and it should not change with marriage.  If a couple seeks God first in their lives then their relationship will thrive and God will increase the love as time aspires on.

I encourage each of you who are in a marriage and you have wandered away from God being the center that you take some time to recenter God in your life.  Take time this week to seek the face of God in your marriage.  Are you still in love with your first love, Jesus?  Do you still seek His approval over your spouses?  God wants the both of you looking to Him for the answers to your marriage.  Choose to seek Him now and begin truly walking in His love.