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Two days before my open heart surgery, my Christian neighbor told me that she had received confirmation from God in her prayers that He would extend my life because:  "He knows you will tell everyone about it!"  And to that mission I have tried to be faithful…from the time I awoke from surgery to the present day.   My wife and I have used my "heart story" to witness to medical personnel and even waiters and waitresses in restaurants as well as many others that God brings across our paths each day.  Truly God has not only given me a "new song" but a whole new mission field.  And so my new life focus is reflected by Ps. 40:3,10 which I feel was written just for this time in my life:

"He (God) has given me a new song to sing, 
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what He has done
And be astounded.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
I have not kept this good news
Hidden in my heart; I have talked about Your
faithfulness and saving power.  I have told
everyone..Of Your unfailing love and faithfulness.

Truths from God's Word

Verbs for a Happy Marriage

Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Subject: Verbs for a Happy Marriage

Good Morning to our Two "E's":

I thought I would share some wisdom this morning from my readings about what makes for a happy and successful marriage.  The "verbs that make a difference" operate the same in marriage as they do in the relationship the church has to Christ, our Savior:

To begin with, God looks to the man in marriage to be responsible for the home in the same way Christ took responsibility for the church:

"For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of His body, the church; He gave His life to be her Savior." (23)  "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one."  This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way  Christ and the church are one." (v31)

In this relationship, several verbs tell the whole story and make the relationship "work":

"Wives...SUBMIT to your husbands as you do to the Lord....As the church SUBMITS to Christ so you wives must submit to your husbands in everything."  Ephesians 5:22-24.  Along with SUBMITTING, this same passage also commands wives to RESPECT their husbands:  "...the wife must RESPECT her husband." (v33)

"Husbands...LOVE your wives with the same love Christ showed the church.  He gave up His life for her to make her holy and clean....In the same way, husbands ought to LOVE their wives as they LOVE their own bodies.  For a man is actually loving himself when he LOVES his wife.  No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, must as Christ cares for His body, which is the church."  Ephesians 5:25-30

Now...if a man really LOVES his wife, he will not be domineering but loving in every way...doing everything for her welfare.  In return, the wife as the recipient of such love willingly SUBMITS and RESPECTS her husband.  The bonus is that in so doing, she may just also find herself loving him.   But the only mention of "loving" is to the man and it is emphasized(commanded) and repeated:  "So again I say, each man MUST LOVE his wife as he loves himself...." (v33)

The great thing about this type of relationship is that it is mutually self supporting and enhancing:  as the man demonstrates his genuine love, his wife finds it easier to submit and respect him...and as she submits, he responds with greater demonstrations of love on her behalf.  So, even a great marriage can get better...the potential is endless...which parallels the deepening relationship and blessing that we experience as we grow in our relationship with Christ our Lord.

Your mother and I are not perfect but I believe our marriage has been so wonderful because we have just this type of relationship.  As the husband I am the one commanded to love (and to demonstrate it) but I am so very blessed because your mother not only submits and respects me but also loves me as well.

So...Ethan, find a woman you can LOVE. 

And, Emily, find a loving guy to whom you can SUBMIT and RESPECT.  (I think "respecting" is the key, for if you "respect" someone you will find it not difficult at all to "submit" especially if you are the recipient of Christ-like love.)

Have a great day, kids.  I'm off to work...

From Your Dad and lover of your Honey Bunny Mom






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