Monthly Archives: June 2012

Doors to Christian Faith

Howard and I recently toured Fort Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, Michigan.  This door out of the Fort leads to beautiful Lake Michigan.

One of the doors to Christian faith can be the testimony of a friend or a fellow sojourner.  Our testimony is that Jesus can make a lifeless marriage new and that He can give a couple power to keep their vows and live a life of love, as described in I Corinthians 13.  We share our story on the book page of this blog in the hope that you would believe in Him because of our testimony.  We also hope that you, like the Samaritans, will be able to say, ” We no longer believe just because of what you said: now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”  (John 4:42)

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Joy

The picture of these beautiful wild roses growing along Lake Michigan are in honor of our 42nd wedding anniversary. As I reminisce over the past, I am reminded of an old Michael Card Song: Joy In The Journey.

There is a joy in the journey There’s a light we can love on the way There is a wonder and a wildness to life And freedom for those who obey

We have known Joy, and His name is Jesus. His Light has guided us. He has called us to a life of repentance and forgiveness. Obeying that call has brought freedom and has been the life line of our marriage. There has been a wonder and a wildness to life, and today we celebrate the beauty of our journey with the Savior. Our story is on the book page of this website.

 

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Christian Marriages are Gardens

My husband expects to reap carrots, potatoes, green beans, onions, peas, and tomatoes this summer because he planted them in his garden.

Galatians 6:7  reminds us that we reap what we sow.   Christian marriages are gardens; they grow what we plant and cultivate.  My husband and I want to sow more seeds of shared fun and recreation.  What are you currently sowing and nurturing in your marriage?

 

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Spiritual Healing Prayer

We were grieving the loss of my husband’s pastoral ministry when we first saw the art print with this spiritual healing prayer: “Lord make me like your bread, your body. Take me, bless me, break me, and pass me around among your people.”* Later we grieved the death of our love. (You can read our story on the book page of this website.) Our lives were broken, like the loaf of bread on the altar in the art print. The prayer was healing because it gave our pain significance. As heartache carved a deeper well for compassion and mercy in our hearts, we yearned to be nourishing gifts that our Lord could indeed pass around among His people.

Our story is our bread. We think of it as a loaf given to Jesus to divide and multiply as He chooses to feed hope to other couples in crisis.

*1977 copyright by Floyd E. Hosmer

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Stronger Faith as a Christian

“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:12

My husband and I were married on June 20, 1970.  We were three strands – a husband, a wife, and Jesus in a covenant relationship.  Our journey together has had many ups and downs.  If you have visited the book page of this blog and read our story, Beginning Again, you know that our marriage died and was resurrected by the power of  The Third Strand, Jesus Christ.   Having lived this story, I emerged with stronger faith as a Christian.

Do you think we can grow our own faith?  Or do you think God grows it in us, as we cry out to Him during the most difficult and painful periods of our lives and find Him sufficient for our needs?  Can faith grow apart from trials and suffering?

 

 

 

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Christian Marriage

Last fall and winter my husband and I studied Pray Big for Your Marriage.  In Chapter 11, Will Davis Jr., the author, presented the idea of praying for a marriage mission.  This was a novel concept for us, but one we gravitated to.  I pondered our history as a couple and sought the Lord in prayer for a mission statement that would reflect His dreams for us at time in our lives.

One day I happened upon Matthew 14:36.  The last portion of that verse – “… and all who touched Him were healed.” – resonated in my heart as our passion.

This is our marriage mission:  We seek, by God’s grace, to abide in His presence each day so that those we touch might also reach out to touch Jesus and be healed.  That mission is the purpose of this website.

How might a Christian Marriage be strengthened by a mission statement?

 

 

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Power of Vitality

I wrapped my arms around my husband and said,  “I need more hugs.”

He looked down at me, looking puzzled, and replied, “I thought your love language was acts of  service.” *

“It is, but hugs are good,”  I answered, as I squeezed him again.  “Remind me what your primary love language is.”

Without having to think about it, he replied, “Words of affirmation.”

Last summer my husband communicated his love for me by creating the circle garden which is pictured in this post.  He spent hours and hours removing the wild growth, digging out roots, and preparing the soil before laying the landscaping screen and covering it with mulch.

There is a power of vitality.   In my opinion,  a marriage is kept vital when each partner feels loved by the other.  Are you using your spouse’s love language so that he or she feels loved?

* The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

 

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