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I know I haven’t posted a ‘daily devo’ blog all weekend, but I haven’t given up doing them. Saturday, I read that devotion with Mr. W. and talked about it with him, instead of blogging about it, and Sunday was church all day- I was in the word all day, and didn’t have my Stanley book with me. So, today I’ll blog again, about my devotional, and maybe a little extra.

One week ago, Mr. W. and I had serious discussions about our marriage, where it was, and where it was going… we also had discussions about wanting to change it’s direction, and other changes that must occur in order for overall, big change, to occur.

  1. We’re looking for a new apartment, something closer to my job, and a fair landlord.
  2. We’re looking to be by ourselves, for the first time in over a year- we got a roommate when we were married for only 3 months, and we never got the ‘honeymoon period’… We deserve it!
  3. We’ve changed churches already, that was a huge weight off of Mr. W.’s shoulders… He did a praise dance at church last night, the first one in about 8 months… first time dancing with banners and everything, in 8 months… it was incredible. He is incredible… and seeing God work through him is ABSOLUTELY incredible.
  4. Mr. W. got hired in! He is no longer a temp, he is an employee!! AND, in 30 days (from today), he’ll be eligible for Union Benefits, as well as another pay raise!! Today is his first day making serious money, and I am just amazed at how quickly God answers earnest prayers, once we are right with Him (and not just seeing him as a genie in a bottle to rub when you are feeling needy).

Overall, I can tell I’m standing at the beginning of a new season, looking into the horizon of what good is going to come. It’s a fresh start, and a new beginning… I’ll say it over and over again- AIN’T GOD GOOD!?!?!?! (I know it’s not gramatically correct)…

Blessed, despite of “me”,
-Mrs. W.

“His lovingkindness is great toward us.” -Psalm 117.2

God loves us with a sacrificial love. How do we know this? John 3.16- “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever should believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”… it was a sacrifice. Stanley says this, “His love is sacrificial- given to us a an act of grace and without hesitation.” Throughout my life, as a Christian, I’ve always had to juggle spending quality time with God, versus doing my own thing… and I’ve been guilty of believing that because of how messed up my spiritual walk has been, his love for me has been on a sliding scale, like Oh, wonderful, I’ve spent 6 out of 7 days this week in prayer every morning, this week God really loves me… but last week, I only met with him once out of 7… last week God couldn’t care less about me.  But this isn’t true. No matter how my understanding of his love may vary, he remains the same. I’m so incredibly thankful to God for that! God agape loves me! If you don’t really know what agape means, it’s absolute adoration… he is “tickled pink” by me… he loves me so much more- even more than I could fathom (whether or not I spent 1/7 or 7/7 days with him!)… but he hates my sin. This is why I should strive to spend time with him, learning him, enjoying his presence. When I intentionally learn to love God, I’ll intentionally learn to love my spouse, and anyone else. Mr. W. may know I love him, but if I’m not spending time with him, learning him, and enjoying his presence in my life… then all I gave him were empty words.

I don’t want to give empty words anymore,
-Mrs. W.

So, I have used Creative Writing Prompts in other blog posts before, though none yet on WordPress. Tonight’s blog comes from “List 7 reasons to turn down a marriage proposal” prompt… I’m not sure yet whether or not I’ll be serious about my list, but we’ll see!

  1. You just met the guy online, and “Inglich is nut him naiitive langage” (English is not his native language). Please, RUN.
  2. Your truest friends don’t like the guy… while other people’s opinions shouldn’t be the sole reason for dating/not dating someone, if they can’t stand him, maybe you’re just blinded by lust or in puppy love.
  3. He has ever kissed you and called you by someone elses name… maybe he’s juggling a little too much!
  4. Everyone thinks he’s gay, and your thought process says “okay maybe he’s a bit flamboyant, and I’m a little naive/desperate…”
  5. Whenever you’ve talked marriage before, he hasn’t respected your wishes, or come to agreements with you on big-ticket items(ring/no ring, family/no family, elope/big wedding, kids/no kids, religious differences).
  6. If he gives the attitude to his friends of “Look what he’s got”… he’s only going to parade you around once you’re engaged/married, and it’ll never be about your happiness, but you’ll be an item that he conquered… once there’s no more fight, and nothing left to conquer it usually leads to boredom.
  7. If you both haven’t sought God’s direction, and prayed for his glory and for his will to be done, in your separate and possibly together lives, you better not say ‘yes’… You don’t want to open up your future for a whole mess. Some of these may be funny, but in all seriousness, marriage is an extremely serious covenant relationship between you, your spouse, and God and it can lead to true JOY or to being a gut-wrenching miserable experience… but no matter what, it’s for LIFE… (Sure, Mr. W. and I have had our share of ups and downs, but at the end of every night, no matter how the day has been all I want is a kiss good night, and even the small things-good, or bad- lead to true joy!).

Marriage has been a difficult, enjoyable, hair-pulling, kiss-giving, crying, laughing, lonely, social, JOY filled experience! I know I contradict myself in those sentences, somewhat… but that’s life! I could be all alone and experience all of those things, and be half the woman I am, without my husband! He does not COMPLETE me, but GOD does! God knew just who I needed, and because of that, we do fit like a puzzle… and as life goes on, I’m happy to keep finding new pieces to add!

Love,
-Mrs. W.