Shining Faces

Wisdom defined is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Experience is often gained through mistakes and errors in judgment. In Hosea chapter 11, God proclaims His loving-kindness and how He brought His people out of slavery and stooped down to feed them.  “But the more I called to them, the farther they moved from me.” (verse 2)

Specifically God proclaimed that “I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.” (verse 4)

Previous posts have been directed towards marriage pleasing to God.  God has directed my husband and I to focus on God’s definition of marriage.

“Marriage is a spiritual institution designed by God for two imperfect people to be joined together in their dependence upon Him and each other.” (Dennis Rainey,  Moments with You)

Marriage is a covenant and is not to be entered into lightly.  You’ve decided to individually put God first and as a couple to work together with Christ as center.  The Jewish culture passionately upholds that a marriage covenant is Holy–an institution that provides a person the opportunity to become more like Christ.  Applying God’s Word and will to your marriage will create divine opportunities to learn forgiveness, mercy, commitment, and unconditional love. Your marriage is a great adventure.  Imagine what God can do with two committed Christians in a unified marriage!

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My husband and I decided to talk about the cord of three strands on Christmas Eve with our family.  We purchased the cords and a gold loop for couples to braid three cords. Part of the devotional we shared:

Ecclesiastes 4:12 tells us that “A cord of three strands is not easily broken”

Since Adam and Eve, God knew that a marriage would only survive this world with Him intertwined and at the very core of all that we do.

For us, we are blessed! We have parents who shared the love of Jesus with us from birth and insisted that we know Him individually.  They displayed a marriage of loving Jesus.  In their marriage, they served and loved God, being a living example of grace, mercy, forgiveness, for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health…..

God drew our hearts this year, first, to the truth that all of us—like Mary—carry Jesus within us.  What will we do to show His love?  Secondly, when you consider Mary and Joseph holding Jesus as an infant, they must have wondered—“God, what will we do with Jesus?”  What is your plan for us?  Today, I wanted us to consider as a couple—What will we do with Jesus?

2014 is upon us and we can offer God a changed heart, a renewed spirit, a fresh beginning!

We honored our grandparents and their legacy, recommitted our marriages as the younger generation, and spoke a blessing over the lives of our children and their future mates.

God is calling us with cords of kindness and ties of love!  Will we latch on, seek Him, and answer His calling?  May we seek Your Wisdom God in all we do in 2014!

When errors in judgment and mistakes are made, trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you through those experiences.  Trust in His Word to guide you and be committed to be led by Him–not the world or rationalization of the flesh and feelings.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 “Wisdom makes one’s face shine.”

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