Friday, November 14, 2008

Oh, wow!

Talk about a wake up call! I haven't ever blogged about this particular subject but I have blogged about the resource once before. I read this today and I felt compelled to share. Remember back when I posted this... about a daily email I get from Proverbs 31 Ministries, well today's is share-worthy!

I have to admit that I don't read them everyday. But the days I do read them, I always learn something. When I saw the title of this email... "Even a Great Husband Makes a Very Poor God," I knew I had to pass it on! The author makes some amazing points that I think we often forget! This is for married/not married/divorced/ or anyone really. It really spoke to me so I wanted to share it with my friends!!

Happy Friday girls!


Even a Great Husband Makes a Very Poor God
“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'I am the LORD your God…” Leviticus 18:2 (NIV)

Devotion:

I’ve often wished I could travel back 16 years ago and give my “young bride self” some advice. But since that’s not possible, I love sharing what I’ve learned with others. Recently, I had dinner with a 28 year-old friend who would love to one day be married. During our time together the conversation flowed freely about all sorts of things. Blogs. Writing. Leaving your comfort zone because God said so. Biscuits. You know, girl stuff. And then we moved on to the subject of relationships and marriage.

I shared with my friend that when I was single I thought marriage was all about finding the right partner. I thought if you find "the one," you'll be happy, secure, and fulfilled. I do think it's good to have a list of standards that you look for in a spouse. However, it can never be with the expectation that if you find that special someone, he'll right all your wrongs and fill up all your insecurities. The problem with this thinking is the pressure it will eventually put on your spouse.
To expect another person to make you feel happy, secure, and fulfilled will leave you disappointed at best and disillusioned at worst. Even a great husband makes a very poor God.

Only God can settle those deep heart-needs. A man can never do this. If a husband could meet every need his wife had, we'd have no need for God. Therefore, instead of just focusing on finding the right partner, let God work on your heart to help you become the right partner. The time to start working on becoming a wife is now. Before the white dress, delicate bouquets, unity candle, bacon wrapped shrimp, and reception punch, there is some heart stuff to consider:

Getting married doesn't instantly make you selfless... it makes you realize how very selfish you can be at times.

Getting married doesn't make you feel loved... it makes you realize love is more of a decision you make than a feeling you feel.

Getting married doesn't take away loneliness... it makes you realize true companionship comes not when you demand it but rather when you give it to another person.

So, what does marriage give?

A beautiful chance to make the choice to ...

Laugh whether or not the jokes are funny.

Love by folding his collar over his tie every morning.

Pretend like you don't need flowers, but delight when he buys them anyway.

Cheer him on through both failures and successes.

Tell him he's a great man everyday.

Thank God for the privilege of being his wife.

After our time together, my friend thanked me for our talk. She said it gave her a lot to think about. To be honest, it gave me a lot to think about as well.

Dear Lord, only You can fill my heart, right my wrongs, and make me feel loved. I pray that You would show me how to keep my expectations of my husband in check. Help me to be the wife he desires. And help me to remember that marriage was never meant to make me happy all the time. Marriage is a decision to honor You by honoring the one you’ve entrusted to me to be my husband. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.



UPDATE:
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO MY FRIEND ERIN AT BLUE-EYED BRIDE!!! She announced her pregnancy news and I am so happy for she and Todd. If you haven't already, head on over to congratulate her!

17 comments:

SassyEngineer said...

Thanks for sharing - that was a really good thing to hear and remember! Have a great weekend, girly!

Nicole said...

I love this post! Thanks for sharing it with us. It's so good to read stuff like this. It's almost like a wake up call! I need to sign up for these emails.

Lindsey said...

I love this devotion, thank you so much for sharing!

Tracy's Porch said...

This was really great!!! Thanks for sharing.

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

True girl! and I think that talking about those things with your Hubby (or before marriage) definitely helps with expectations! Then you really know where each other is coming from :) Happy Friday!!

Erica said...

What a great devotional! Thank you so much for sharing, I got a lot out of it...

tickledpink said...

That was a great post! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

Elizabeth said...

I love the devotion you have posted. Thanks for sharing. I gave you 2 awards on my blog ...

Danica said...

Thanks for sharing, that was really a great post for an in a relationship girl like myself must read. :)

La Pixie said...

that was a great devotion. it gave me a lot to think about... making sure I get married with the right intentions...

d.a.r. said...

Good grief, talk about smacking you right between the eyeballs! What a great devotional, thanks for sharing!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

great post! and thanks for the shout out. we're pretty excited.

Jessica said...

Wow.. great devotional. That was definately something I needed to be reminded of. I'm printing it out to keep!! Thank you :)

April said...

Heya! I just found you blog and I LOOOVEE it!

Miss Shortcake said...

What a great devotion! Exactly what I needed!

Kitty Cat said...

What a great post. I loved reading this. It's so true. You have to be the best person you can be, because no man can fulfill all your needs.

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