Monday, January 18, 2010

An Open Book

Growing up, I saw all too many marriages that were really obligations in disguise. Each spouse would keep stuff (big or small) from the other, and so many times it was almost like they didn't even know each other. This has become the norm. Sitcoms are made up of this stuff. Even the church is full of it.

Thankfully, I have tried to learn from their mistakes. Before we even got married, Paul and I purposed to make our relationship an open book. We shared our thoughts, dreams, fears, and deepest (darkest) secrets with each other. I married my best friend and I intend to keep it that way forever (in Jesus name!).

I can tell my husband anything, and he feels the same about me. There isn't anything we don't know about each other. Sometimes I think we know each other better than we know ourselves, lol! Because of that, there are no invisible walls, there are no "touchy" areas we have to tiptoe around, and there are hardly ever misunderstandings. We get over problems we have quickly (since we talk to each other about everything, stuff can't build up for very long), and arguments are shortlived. We TRUST each other!

When God compares our relationship with Him to a marriage, I imagine an open book marriage is the kind He expects. Not saying that my marriage us a perfect example or anything, just saying that God wants our relationship with Him to be so amazingly close that we go to Him with everything. That we read the Bible often so that we get to know all we can about Him. That our heart and life is so full of Him that there is no shame when He peeks in. That we trust Him with EVERYTHING.

I hope that my marriage is a good example to my children so that they can learn to have open book relationships with my husband and I, with God, and also with their own spouses one day. :)

I encourage you to build open book relationships with your husband, children, parents, and with God! Be patient, be forgiving, be understanding, and love unconditionally. Walk in the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and lean on the grace of God - these are the foundations of such relationships.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Powerless

Compared to the Christians in the Bible, and those in other countries, the American Christian is weak and powerless. John 14:12-13 says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."
And so I ask myself, where are the "greater works"? Where are the healings? Where is the deliverance? And why is it not here? Unbelief. Pure and simple. Unbelief.

When it really comes down to it, we don't really believe that praying over that man is going to make a difference whether he is cured of that cancer or not. We don't really believe the bipolar schizophrenic in that mental hospital can ever be delivered and changed. And we surely don't believe God will ever raise anyone from the dead. The saddest part is that we don't even want this to change. We have found a comfortable little place in our Christian walk while the rest of the world goes to hell. We would much rather curl up in our warm beds and watch some movie than delve into the Word of God to find out what we can do to to change all this. Forget spending time (that we say we don't have) in prayer and fasting!

Well I'm tired of it. I want to be passionate about walking in the power that Christ paid for with His blood. I want anything inside of me that is hindering that power to be gone. I want to walk into a room and demons flee because Jesus is just beaming off of me. It's time we stopped living selfish, lustful lives and became truly passionate about getting the power of God back in the church.


Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year's Eve

This New Year's Eve, I watched one of the most amazing things. I watched both of my parents and both of my husband's parents celebrate the day with us and their other children... and everyone got along, we had a wonderful, Godly fellowship, and there were memories made to be had for a lifetime. I am so blessed!!

Growing up, I had only one set of living grandparents that I really remember. Even so, they weren't much a part of my life at all. Knowing that my child gets to grow up with so many Godly influences is a result of reversing the curse sin had subjected our families to. I am so excited to be a part in raising up a Godly heritage!!

I am learning more and more every day about God's true will for the family. His intentions for how things should go are so vastly different from what Americans are taught... it's radical. Instead of our in-laws and other relatives being a burden, they should be a blessing and we should seek to honor them. Instead of our children growing up to become lazy teenagers spending their lives on computers and video games, they should be mature enough to be taking over the house respinsibilties at that age. Instead of them mirroring the world by not getting along with their siblings and parents, they should mirror Christ by displaying the fruits of the Spirit even at a young age. Instead of our parents growing old and being placed in nursing homes, we should be serving them and taking care of them ourselves....

I could go on and on. As Christians, our lives should be different from that of the world's. They should look at our family and go, "Wow, what do they have that we don't?" and the obvious answer should be, "Jesus!"