My husband and I read this book as a short marriage devotional on Saturday mornings. Written by Bill Morelan, this Hallmark gift book contains advice from several couples who have been married over fifty years. We spend about three minutes reading one story, ten minutes talking about it and then we pray together. It is short and sweet. We love learning from the wisdom of those who have gone ahead of us. So last week I mentioned the importance of dating your spouse and investing time and money in your marriage. Today's advice is: Prioritize your marriage! We put God #1 in our lives and then our marriage relationship. Dating each other mid-week is so important and it meets my emotional needs. There were a couple of weeks when we moved our usual Thursday date night to Saturday because I didn't want some of the food in my fridge to go bad, so I cooked instead of going out. I noticed that there was a disconnect between my husband and I. We had not argued or had any issues come up. So why did it feel distant? It was more of a routine of having dinner, watching TV, he had office work he had brought home and then go to sleep. What was missing? So I prayed and asked God to help me recognize what was going on. Yes, God answered me by revealing that when we connect emotionally during the middle of the week, I feel happier, special and loved on those dates. I told my husband we needed to go out that evening to share this discovery and revelation from God with him. We had a great date and we were back to our normal happy selves. It might sound silly, but it's not. Marriage and couple time is important. Avoid at all cost to fall into a daily routine. Invest time and money in your relationship and make it a priority. Don't wait to go to a marriage conference as a last option. Go when you're still happy and in-love to learn how to maintain your marriage that way! Dates, vacations, weekend getaways, marriage seminars and conferences will keep your marriage healthy and exciting. If you have children, don't spend more money on them such as music lessons, sport activities or learning a new language than on your relationship. I've read that the best legacy we can leave our children is to have a solid and happy marriage. You can give your children all those skills I mentioned before, if you can afford it, but put more time and money in the two of you. Your kids will later thank you for it. As a mom, when my kids were young, in order to avoid feeling guilty about going on a vacation with my husband and leaving them with my mom, we'd take our kids to Disneyland the week before our own cruise and during the Disney trip, we were there to mainly please them. So, why do I sit in front of my computer screen writing this blog when my back and neck hurt at times? Because I want every marriage out there to be happy and succeed. May God bless your marriages and give you the wisdom, patience and understanding to last until death do you apart. Find romance and don't let it die. You can visit http://www.familylife.comfor great marriage articles and conferences. Eduardo and I have been married for 35 years. When we had our 25th wedding anniversary I asked him for an anniversary gift. I asked him to take me to a Christian marriage conference called, "A Weekend to Remember." He said, "Why? Our marriage is great, isn't it? I smiled and said, "Yes, it is. But if we want to last another 25 years we should get a refresher course!" So he took me and we had a wonderful weekend in beautiful North Lake Tahoe, CA in a fancy hotel by the lake.
Blessings to you and your spouse. May your love last an eternity! Enjoy this sweet song and video...
MONDAY WORSHIP heart emoticon Perfect song for my birthday, "Who I am." The lyrics say, "... I'm running to the One who knows me, who made every part of me in His hands, I'm holding to the One who holds me, 'cause I know whose I am, I know who I am, I am sure, I am yours....I am loved...Fearfully, wonderfully, perfectly, You have made me. I'm running to the One who knows me..." Psalm 139:14-16
This is who we ALL are and how God sees us, as described in Psalm 139:14-16
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
I am yours, Lord and I want MORE OF YOU, JESUS, MORE OF YOU!!! heart emoticon
But I have a few ideas after 35 years of marriage...
These pictures were taken in 1980 as you can see from our wardrobe. We were to select our wedding invitation photo from these proofs. I will talk about marriage in the next few blogs and I'll try to keep them short and sweet.
My advice this week: Never stop dating each other.
As you can see from these pictures we were very much in love and still are. These pictures illustrate what we still do after so many years:
Look into each other's eyes
Flirt with each other
And look to the future with hope
The most important factor in our marriage is putting God first. He is our source of strength. He gives us the wisdom to enjoy our marriage. The other day I picked my husband from work to have lunch together. After we ate we stopped for a few minutes to relax and unwind with this view of the river.
Or we go out for gelatos, watch a sunset, tease each other and be silly in beautiful places like the ones below.
If you're struggling in your marriage, by all means seek professional counseling or take advantage of the vast free material provided at www.familylife.org with articles regarding marriage, romance, sex, parenting and your spiritual life.
May God bless your marriages and this week make sure you go out and do the things that you first did when you were dating. It doesn't have to be expensive. The only rule is don't talk about kids, finance or work. You'll probably won't have much to talk about but it's Okay. It'll be like when you were first dating and talked about the weather and your surroundings.Have fun with it!
Invest more time and money in your marriage. My husband and I go out to eat pretty often on our dates. Early on when my husband complained about it, my response was, "It's cheaper than counseling!" ;)
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I know a lot of worship songs, but this morning I struggled to find the "right one" until I finally prayed. I asked God to please help me pick the one that would bless at least one person today. This song, "Amazed" popped in my head. smile emoticoThe song is based on the Bible verse found in Zephaniah 3:17:
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Imagine that, the Lord our God sings to us! May He sing to you today and amaze you with the love around you and His beautiful creation.
This morning (5/15/15) at the Internet radio studio, pureworshipradio.com, during my interview with Carole Brewer on her program, Bible Chicks! We had a great time talking about the wonderful things that God has done! heart emoticon
A few years ago I asked the Lord to bring me the crowds to tell them about His great love and He has opened the doors for me to tell the world about Him! Pure Worship Radio is heard in many countries of the world including Egypt, Brazil and many, many more! Hallelujah!!!
heart emoticon The show is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd at 9:00 a.m. I'll make sure to post it! wink emoticon
This picture is not very clear. It's a bit distorted. So is Satan. He is a deceiver and loves to twist the truth. There are a few people out there who do not believe that Satan is real. They don't know about the havoc he can cause.
Here is an excerpt from my book...
devil’s job is to deceive. But in the end, he’ll be thrown into the Lake of
Fire as it says in Revelation
20:10, “And the devil,
who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast
and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for
ever and ever.” In the last book of the Bible, Revelation, we know Satan will
be put away forever.
Christian friend told me she was glad to read in a Christian book that Hell
doesn’t exist. I cautioned her about some so-called “Christian books” and to
check for endorsements given only by credible and strong Christian leaders. I
pointed her to what the Word of God says about Hell. Ultimately, the Bible
should be our first point of reference.
dad once heard a guest preacher say that Satan wasn’t real. He stood up and
said, “Forgive me, brother, for interrupting, but what you’re saying is not
biblical.” The preacher kept on. After a few minutes my dad got up and walked
out. Well done, daddy! We need to
stand for truth and not let people deceive us.
How can God be seen as a cruel God when He came
down to earth in human form, through the person of Jesus Christ, to die for us?
Jesus took our punishment to reconcile us to God, so we can live eternally with
Him. He conquered the grave. Through His loving and sacrificial act, those of
us who have put our faith in Him have victory over Satan." (How to Love God with All Your Heart" - Copyright 2015)
Satan is real according to the Scriptures, but he is also a defeated enemy. When the Lord Jesus died on the cross for us, he defeated death and the power of sin.
Jesus is not only our Mediator, but our Redeemer. We have everlasting life in Heaven thanks to Jesus' sacrifice for us when He offered His life as an ultimate sacrifice. And that is why I write about Him and I'm passionate about Him!
Beware of false teachings. Examine the Word of God and experience God's love and forgiveness!