Monthly Archives: April 2012

Starting Over in Male-Female Relationships

 

The trees and shrubs in our woodland are blooming.  The leaves are that lovely, soft shade of spring green. My piece of Eden is beautiful, and I am grateful for eyes to witness this change of seasons.

Starting over in male-femaie relationships requires change. Behaviors that destroyed the intimacy and partnership need to be abandoned and new behaviors that are life-giving need to be learned and practiced.

I talk about the changes my husband and I made in our marriage in the story on the book page of my blog.

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Power of Vitality

A dear friend gave me a slip of her Jack-In-The-Pulpit from her woodland garden. I planted that slip next to my cottage in our neck of the woods. It grew into a large and beautiful plant last spring but met an early demise when some deer who share our neighborhood decided it would make a good meal. They ate it all the way down to soil. I was frustrated and wondered about the plant’s long term fate. To my delight this morning I observed that the Jack-In-The-Pulpit is blooming again. I have decided that I will spray it with deer repellent tomorrow.

My marriage was like my plant. It met a demise but bloomed again with a power of vitality. That vitality was the power of God at work in our lives. I have shared about that power in my story on the book page of this blog.

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Spiritual Healing Prayer

My husband and I attended a memorial service yesterday. The mother of the stillborn son thanked the family and friends who had assembled. She told them that their prayers had been effective when she was drowning in the anguish of her heartache. The power of those prayers had helped her begin healing as she journeys the dark valley of grief.

I know the power of spiritual healing prayer. I thank God for an intercessor who prayed for me and my husband when we were in crisis. You are welcome to read my story on the book page of this blog.

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Married Intimacy

“All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.”                Psalms 25:10 from The New King James Version

Truth and mercy restored our married intimacy and enabled my husband and me to keep our covenant.   Read our story on the book page of this blog.

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Spiritual Healing Protection

Last evening I needed to protect my flowers which came up early with the unseasonably warm March weather.   I am glad I covered them with an old quilt and towel because it was only 29 degrees this morning.

Relationships, as well as flowers, need protection.   I believe the spiritual disciplines of  Scripture reading and prayer are protective.  Beginning Again, my story on the book page of this blog,  documents the spiritual healing protection of those disciplines.

 

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New at Easter

 

 

Alleluia, The SON is Risen.   May you know His resurrection power and joy.

He who was seated on the throne, said, “I am making everything new!”  Revelation 21:5

One Easter many years ago,  the Risen Savior made my marriage new.   You can read about this miracle on the book page of this blog.

 

 

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Doors of Christian Faith

The Lord Jesus yielded His will to the will of His Heavenly Father and gave His life for you and me.  He challenged His followers to pick up their crosses and follow Him.

St. Paul said,  “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

A healthy marriage requires two mature people who are both willing to yield to the other.  A Christian marriage has the advantage of a dynamic not known by the world at large.   That dynamic is the Holy Spirit who lives in each believer.

Surrender is one of the doors of Christian faith.   Surrender to the will of Jesus required my husband to repent.   Surrender to the will of Jesus required my forgiveness.  This kind of surrender is not possible by human effort; it is the work of the Holy Spirit.

You can read about the surrender in my marriage on the book page of this blog.

 

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The Reconnection

Forgiveness is powerful.  It makes new beginnings possible.  It keeps relationships viable.

Forgiveness was the reconnection to my husband when our marriage had died.   Forgiving my husband was an act of obedience to Jesus who gave His life for me on a gruesome cross so that I might know the forgiveness of God.   The story of my surrender to Jesus, for the sake of my soul and the sake of my marriage, one Easter morning many years ago has been published on the book page of this blog.

 

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