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ENCOURAGING MEN TO BE WHAT THE LORD SAYS

Value of Success

Dare to dream. Choose a favorite place to go to often and simply sit and think about what you want out of life.  Imagine what it would be like to have what you desire, the spouse, family, house, car, job, valuable relationships. See yourself having everything you need at the exact time you need it.  A life fulfilled with the abundance of God’s promises.

 

Dreaming requires faith, and faith are the steps we take toward our belief in God’s promises.  “I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hop and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11, NIV. God’s thoughts for us are good.  His plans for us are good, and His desire for you to live a prosperous life is certain.  So, what are God’s plans for me?  What does He mean by saying He has plans to prosper me? 

 

 

God’s heart is for us to grow in His goodness, love, and grace.  You are created in the image of God, Genesis, 1:27, NIV.  You are His son, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are,” 1 John 3:1, NIV.  You are worthy, “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior.  Who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, who will sing joyfully because of you,” Zephaniah 3:17, NKJV.

 

He has plans for our good success.  He desires for you to know His thoughts toward you, and that having life more abundantly begins in your heart. Paul shares with us in Roman’s 12:2, “to not be conformed to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is.  His good, pleasing and perfect will,” NIV.  When we allow God to transform our heart, like being thankful for the job we do have instead of complaining, telling our spouse how much you love them instead of wishing they would be more supportive, or choosing to forgive when you’ve been wronged. Allowing God to change our heart is the first step in success.  It pushes us forward in His plans for us.  When we take an action to change, we will see life as we know it change as well, and what we desire will become how we are living!  “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you,” Matthew 6:33, NKJV.

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Marriage Tapestry

A tapestry is a beautifully woven piece of thick textile fabric with pictures or designs formed by weaving colored weft threads or by embroidering on canvas. Tapestry weaving is complex, labor intensive, and can take months even years to weave a desired design. The tapestry fabric is a heavy fabric using a double weave.  Marriage to me is like a tapestry. My husband and I have been married for thirteeen years now. We have had our share of good moments, and we have had our share of not so good moments. Each moment is filled with memories and within the memories testimonies. As often as I remember, I see where God’s love covered us, lead us, and provided for us. Together, with each step we learn the value in trusting, and how strength is built from the wait. You learn that through uncertainty, God is there and if you are patient, He will show you His plan.

 

A tapestry design is like this. Each piece thoughtfully threaded to interlock with the next (husband and wife). Though distinct in there makeup, as they are woven together each thread combines to create a beautiful masterpiece. Handcrafted and completely decorated with vibrant colors, pictures, and designs each telling a story for the admirer. From the moment you say “I do” you are agreeing to willingly give your time and attention for the rest of your life to the one you love. You are saying I want to share your story. Participate in your dreams. I want to be your life witness to how great you will become. You are stepping into a great adventure, one that you may have some idea about, but not in it’s entirety. It’s a mirror image of your walk with Christ. When you accept him as your personal Savior you are saying, Lord “I Do” believe in You! You willing take the step into the great unknown for the ride of your life.  It’s that same childlike, wide-eyed, faith filled step that you take when you accept your mate. Your saying yes, not just to love, but to life and its journey’s wherever the road may lead. You are conceding to dream, believe, build, produce, pursue, and persevere. If on occasion you may need to tear down or go to war then you will be ready for that too. Each moment is filled with a picture that will serve to complete its own unique part of your tapestry. As you look back you will see an altar of remembrance to encourage you forward. Your blueprint of what God has done, and will do. Your canvas of life lessons that shape your strength, your courage, and marital foundation. Each step you take you get stronger, and stronger and are standing firm on “What God has put together let no man put asunder”.  

 

Marriage is like a tapestry. A tapestry filled with love, honor, respect, and trust. The greatest being love. You are to husband as God is to you. A best friend. Life is sweeter when you can share it with the one you love. For years I’ve called my husband “Friend”. A favorable love name that I adapted from a close couple I admire. I appreciate the distinction it gives, and it holds me accountable to who he is to me. He is my friend, one of my best friends

 

I honor the man that he is, and the father he is to our beautiful daughters. He allows me to be me, and I in return allow him the same courtesy. Together we weave very colorful pieces of fabric needled together to form Marcus and Shonna. I appreciate him for just knowing how to be my friend. When I need to talk he is there to listen. When I need sound wisdom He is there to give it. He doesn’t judge me when I’m wrong, but instead empowers me with words of God’s unconditional love. In moments of disharmony, I’m not the only one yielding to say, “I’m sorry.” We dream together, believe together, walk together in purpose. He is my first big supporter; the one I greet in the morning and close the day with at night. He is the Father’s desire for me,  and I love Him for it. This is God’s way. He says, “I would that you might have life, and have it more abundantly”. When we walk as one we walk as friends. There is nothing more powerful then two who agree. Each day I take steps toward agreement. It is a lifestyle that I strive for with diligence and God’s grace. The news is filled with stories and headlines of couples experiencing difficult moments in life. The cause of some is lack of communication, others simply due to loosing sight of who they are to each other. The business of life can be filled with thousands of honey-do’s and not enough honey let’s do this together. Be empowered by the Spirit to make it your business to be intentional with the one you love. Carve out time to just be. Take a ride together and dream. Let your friendship flame burn with the fragrant incense of the etching of your tapestry.

 

God put it best when He said “And the two shall become one flesh, so that they are no longer two but one”. (Mark 10:8) This statement sets a defining moment for every married couple. Each couples road to oneness is unique with its own set of two. As you move on down the road you will discover times to celebrate, to laugh, to cry, to feel like giving up, and to fight. Each stage will paint its own picture within your personal tapestry.

 

Take courage to appreciate the good and the not so good. Remember who you are, and who the one you love is to you. Seek to understand often, and not to be understood even more often. Though the road may be long and often hard, remember God is with you. Weave memories of many colors and fill your tapestry with snapshots of life that you can be encouraged and inspired by for years and years to come. May His Grace be with you always.

 

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