Recently we had our friend’s bridal shower and it was as sweet as it gets! Weddings are truly lovely and displays a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church.
With marriage of course comes character formation.
The message I wanted to send across to our bride-to-be is the importance of prayer and patience.
Sabi pa sa Filipino class, “Ang pag-aasawa ay hindi biro, ‘di tulad ng kanin, iluluwa kung mapaso.” Marriage is difficult, its not like food that you can spit out if it burns.
So therein lies the message of prayer and patience. Prayer can bring you patience even.
As we pray, persevere, we can be patient and surrender the results to God.
What do we pray for?
We can pray for our own character flaws, we can pray for his character flaws.
We can ask God for grace and perseverance to overcome and rise above challenges, as a tagteam.
I’m afraid no one has “arrived” in this. I’m talking to myself even as I’m talking to you dear reader.
Provision financially is a common grace and its a means to an end. A heart check here seems in order.
What is your end in what you’re believing God to provide for you?
Will it be used to honor him? Will it be used to live your life in such a way that advances the Kingdom? Does it glorify you, your skills and capabilities, or God?
Having a husband is quite an all encompassing word, the wife has him as best friend, forever teammate, workmate toward goals, intimacy partner, safe zone, co-parent, counselor, leader, and so much more: what a pleasure. What a joy it is to have that!
Cultivating a godly marriage and raising up kids in Christ, arguably, could be the two most difficult things we could do in life. Yet they are the most fulfilling, and sanctifying.
Marriage is such a challenging but beautiful mystery that portrays Christ and the Church, His bride, to partake in it is such a joyful honor.
Its greatly refreshing to celebrate with a friend who’s getting married! JD and I are blessed to be part of this couple’s lives!
"My love is mine and I am his.."
Song of Songs 2:16A