Gospel Reading – John 1:6-8, 26-28 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; He came only as a witness to the light.” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” There was a man sent from God whose name is John; and he is my husband. He came as a witness of Christ’s light in my life at a time when I needed to know God in a big way. We will be celebrating our 19th year of marriage in May and God has blessed me over the years with a wonderful example of what it looks like for a bridegroom to love his bride. The most recent example of my husband’s inspiring faith happened only a couple of weeks ago. John had an unfortunate accident with a nail gun that left him with an inch and a half finishing nail completely embedded in the … [Read more...]
Why Should I Be The One To Change?
How many times have we, as wives, said these words when struggling with dissension in our marriage? I know I have. There was a time in my marriage, okay, well probably more like a decade, when I saw nothing but the faults of my spouse in every conflict. It’s amazing; really, that I could see anything considering the obstacles that had impaired my vision. One day God whispered to me the words of Matthew 7:3, “(Shelby), why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the Sequoia in your own eye?” Now it says “plank” in most translations of the Bible, but God apparently felt a mere piece of wood obstructing my vision was not analogous enough to explain the shortcoming He saw in me. He’s generous that way. God’s Word did greet me that day, but you know the old saying, “in one ear and out the other.” Having to be the one to change all the time to make peace in a relationship can get really old. It seems like I am always recognizing a personal … [Read more...]