All in Gospel Saturated Marriage

Thank you, Lord!

That song was a perfect prelude to my parent's testimony about their own trials and pursuit of Jesus.  At the time I sang this sweet song, I had not yet walked through any great trials – I was a child.  But the words of that song became buried deep in my heart where they would help prepare me for my own journey.  These words are echoed from Romans 3: 3-5:  "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." 

Precious Lil' Idols

It was Christmas Eve 2013.  I was busy in the kitchen chopping the salad, mixing fondue seasonings and fretting over each detail of our traditional fondue meal when my daughter, Maddy, called me into the living room.  She had a surprise gift for me.  I saw the size of the package and immediately knew what it was – telescoping fondue forks.  I had seen them at the store the previous week.  Sweet, but not tradition.  I considered that Jody, her dad and keeper of all traditions, would not be happy with the change.  Nevertheless, I put on my brave face and opened the gift.  But as soon as I began to unwrap it, I realized that I was wrong.  This was not trendy fondue forks.  Instead, I found a picture of a POSITIVE pregnancy test! 

A little more... Holy Moly!

Sex is God's idea.  He put the desire for sex into our hearts, into our minds and into our bodies.  God's plan is beautiful and without sin.  Man, however, changed God’s plan in the garden when Adam and Eve first desired to be equal to God, sinned and realized that they were naked.  From that point, the perverseness of this first sin continued, and still continues to grow. 

Repent and Forgive

We must lay aside our pride, acknowledge our hurt and let our spouse know when our feelings have been injured.  I can’t stress how important the act of humbling yourself is to the health of your marriage!  This will take a soul-bearing conversation where you may have to admit to your spouse that you are not as secure as you’d like to think you are or that you portray.  It will require you to be vulnerable. 

Got My Bags Packed!

Now, I love a spontaneous adventure as much as the next girl, but I don't want the entirety of my life to be such.  Jody and I do and have discussed the plans for almost everything.  Early on, we discussed what concepts did we wanted our children to embrace during their childhood and what holiday traditions did we want to incorporate into our family in order to bring a sense of family unity and a dependence on God.  Later, we discussed what joint physical fitness goals we wanted and what financial security goals we believed we needed, and we discussed how each would contribute to meet this accomplishment.