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Marriage The Incredible Gift

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

“THE INCREDIBLE GIFT MY FATHER HAS GIVEN ME”

My heavenly Father has given me an incredible gift – one that I have not really appreciated or understood.
A gift that was wrapped up in a package that was hard to open and see what it really was.
There were many different parts, like a jigsaw puzzle.
He would give me clues but before that piece would fit into place, I would have to make some changes in my own life.
It looked hopeless at times, the pieces just wouldn’t fit, so I would pick up another piece and try it every which way
– Been there – done that!
Finally a few pieces started coming together.
Well the picture isn’t finished yet but it is almost too beautiful for words –
It is Christ and His Bride
It is Husband and Wife
It is every marriage determined to see what God’s plan is –
On earth as it is in Heaven
No longer two but one
You see everyone is like a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle and in marriage the two have to become one beautiful portrait
for the world to see and behold a thing of such incredible beauty that only God Himself could do it.
There are some basics – like building a foundation – like getting the outside pieces in place i.e. Love and Respect, the Five Love Languages and The Art of Marriage.
Then you begin with color i.e. things you enjoy doing together or patterns i.e. studying the Word together or shapes i.e. praying together, loving, laughing together. When stumped ask God for help.
He will likely require you to repent for a number of things i.e. selfishness, independence, pride or control before you will be able to bring some more parts together.
The wonder of it. You can’t do it yourself, your spouse can’t do it. Only God can bring out from the depths of your beings that which He created and planned in the first place
FOR TWO TO BECOME ONE IN HIS IMAGE & LIKENESS

On Earth as in Heaven 3

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Jesus told us to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name, may Your Kingdom come and Your will be done.” Do you think He would tell us to pray it and it not be possible?

Is it possible to be on earth and experience heaven? We all know too well that we can experience hell on earth, which many of the refugees in war torn areas are, as well as are many that are in marriage relationships or other relationships full of pain and heart ache.

We began praying around five years ago that our desire was for our marriage to be on earth as in heaven. Holy Spirit has been doing much pruning and trimming over the years getting at the roots of selfishness, pride, insecurities and independence. We have experienced great improvement and enjoyment in our marriage and continue to believe that the very best is yet to come.

Last week we spent four days on our yearly marriage vision retreat which was inspired by Jimmie Evans of Marriage Today.It’s like we have had to come back down to earth which is not nearly as enjoyable. So – did we experience heaven on earth? We think so!