ARE YOU READY

Are you Ready? Ready for what, you say. Marriage when Father God releases your husband to find you or your wife to be found. When the time comes will you be ready? You might be saying what do you mean be ready? 

Have you considered what you are about to commit to when the marriage proposal is at hand? Do you realize your life won’t be solely about you. When you make plans there is another person to consider. Your decisions are plural, not singular any more. These are just a few things to think about.

Marriage is a covenant. It is a serious commitment. It is more than planning the most elaborate  wedding of the century and going on the honeymoon of a lifetime. Spending your last dime on a house bigger than you can afford does not make for a great marriage. After all of that then you may be saddled with a lot of debt unless you’ve been saving for years. If you’re not careful that debt load can become a problem in your new marriage. There have been many divorces over money problems.

Entering into a covenant is when you are so connected to a person that death will be the only parting factor between the two of you. You are willing to take the back seat and relinquish what you want for what the other person desires. It’s just like when Jesus died for us to redeem us back to God. Marriage covenant should be just like the covenant God has with His people. He is with them through the good and the bad. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 (NIV)

Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not boast. It is not proud. It does not dishonors others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophesies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

In Ephesians 5:33 (ESV), Paul writes, “let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

Are you willing and ready to love someone with the everlasting love of 1 Corinthians 13? Can you see yourself committing to someone until death parts you? Now is the time to seek the Lord and be ready with an answer.

Marriage-Is It My Turn Yet

There are a lot of people all ages that are single and desiring to be married. It’s not only women but men also. Some have never been married. Others have been divorced or widowed. No matter the reason many are without mates but desire marriage.

As I observe and listen to people I wonder what are they doing to prepare for the mate they are believing God for.

Esther was prepared for many months to go before the King she didn’t know to possibly become his wife. She didn’t know whether or not she was going to be the chosen one. If she didn’t please him she would spend the rest of her life in a concubine.

Fortunately we don’t have to be concerned about being imprisoned in a concubine but we do need to prepare ourselves for the marriage we have been crying out to God for.

When we petition God we give Him a laundry list of what we want in a mate. We should also have a list of what we have to bring to the marriage. If we are honest with ourselves we should also make a list of things we don’t want to impose on our future spouses and we need to work on them.

We tend to get into relationships with people who are fillers until the right one comes along. So you rather waste your time with the filler than preparing yourself for the real one. The filler is blocking whether they know it or not. You look like you are in a relationship. How is that going to get the right one to you?

Prepare to be the best husband or wife you can be. Don’t let anyone run interference whether knowing or not knowing causing you to be preoccupied and miss who you have been praying for.

What are you doing to prepare for the mate you have been praying for?

Marriage-My Offering

Mary closed her Bible, finishing her devotions and quiet time.

An unexpected thought came to her.

Marriage-My Offering

What could that mean, she pondered. OH! She got a revelation. What will I bring to the marriage. After careful thought she grabbed her journal and began jotting down her list.

  • My relationship with Jesus will cause me to be the wife my husband needs
  • I will continually cover him with prayer
  • Be a Proverbs 31 woman
  • I will love, honor, support and adore him
  • I will accept him for who God made him to be, not into my Mr. Perfect

Whew, enough for right now, Mary thought. What was all that about? I’ve wanted another try at marriage but I’ve never considered what I’d bring to the marriage–just what I wanted for the wedding.

I’ll give this more attention later. I’ve got plenty time to finish the list.

Do I?