“Love In Action” (Romans 12:9-21)

As we emerge into the season of many weddings, I find myself in a place of reflection upon my own. A visitation of memories and of the vows we took together before God while holding hands. Our vows took place in a very beautiful garden with our most cherished loves.  

 Early August in the desert southwest- we somehow found ourselves in an oasis of flourishing vines and flowers! The day was hot and dry, however, the garden was fragrant and refreshing. 

Matt Jones, music artist, played our music on his guitar- beautifully- throughout the blessed ceremony. 

Our wedding was truly a dream come true. Serene. Beautiful. Blessed.

“I DO!” Then off off to our reception in the valley.  We have a friend who catered and set up his sushi bar (our first date) and had our backyard looking like a royal paradise!  

 This August, we will be celebrating 4 years. It truly feels like so many more. 

Marriage is not for the faint of heart. Expectations collide and real life happens. This is where the couple, joined by God, must cling to Christ’s examples and admonishments. There’s no room for pride. Forgiveness has to become a strong suit. Humilitity needs to reign. Perfection set aside. Expectations adjusted. The Holy Spirit needs to be “your right hand man.” 

 I say all of this, not to be a kill joy, however, just as a reminder to myself and those blessed with “the one”. Keeping the Lord close and as the ROCK of marriage is KEY and if you lose the KEY, it can be a very humiliating search when you decide to find it.

I write today, to admit my pride. My mistakes. My promise to God to keep my eyes on eternity, rather than the distractions of this world. My reflections began yesterday when I read the bible app verse of the day: 

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/1ti.6.12.niv

Today, God led me to the scripture in Romans about LOVE. I am taking this to my heart as I reflect on the deep love I have for my husband.  My prayer is constant- for God’s Love to be our Rock, until death do us part.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭9-21‬ NIV) 

 🌷Greta 

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  1. tabitha59reachingout May 28, 2015 — 10:27 AM

    Beautiful flowers and delightful back yard paradise! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Debbie! I miss that backyard- I also am appreciating our new one, though. It’s gradually beginning to look more like a peaceful paradise on earth;)

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      • tabitha59reachingout May 28, 2015 — 10:36 AM

        I’m happy for you. 🙂 We bought this house last year and it is the first time we’ve ever had a house with such a sweet and private back yard. It is like a little haven for us. We feel so blessed. I am sure your new yard will be a joy to you and your whole family too. God bless you. 🙂

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