When you hold your marriage up to a mirror what do you see? What should you see?
The image I pray to see is that of the image of Christ and his relationship to the church. He set the example for us to follow. Unselfish sacrificial love and devotion is the height of the bar.
The book of Ephesians in chapter 5 puts it in God's words. Some of the words your about to read have fueled our culture to become quite upset. Sometimes the truth is hard to take, but it's still the truth.
Here we go. Eph 5: 22-24 "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything."
What proceeds verse 22 in 21 is this; "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ."
Ok, husbands pay attention. God has a command for us. Eph 5:25-27 "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless."
What is it you are facing today?
What is it that hinders you from moving forward?
What are you holding onto that you know you need to release to God?
Can I tell you that God's grace is with you.
It is His grace
that He bestows upon you everyday
that will help you face EVERY situation
with the peace which surpasses all understanding.
He knows you.
He knows your fears, your insecurities, you pain, your mess.
He is the God that sees you. He sees your tears.
He sees the chains that nobody else sees.
And, still, in all of the mess,
He has a plan.
His grace is enough.
The circumstances that have
brought you where you are today
will create in you
His divine purposes for tomorrow.
Through hands of extravagant love and grace,
Your gracious Father has allowed
you to experience life as you know it
and because He has allowed it,
He will use it in ways you cannot even imagine.
I don't know how and I don't know when
but what I do know is that....
His grace is enough .
Just as salvation was offered to you,
He offers His gift of grace.
Day after day His grace is there.....
but you have to receive it.
You have to intentionally choose
to turn your eyes from your circumstances,
from those who have hurt you
and focus on the ONE who can HEAL you!
You have to embrace this beautiful gift,
handpicked just for YOU.
This precise grace for your life
is grace that is just enough
for what you are facing.
Not any less, not anymore. Just perfect.
Dear, sister...don't face another moment
without allowing His grace
to calm your weary soul.
It is time to make a choice.
Are you going to continue
to be paralyzed by the sins of fear and worry
and be held captive by your circumstances or
are you going to reach out
and take hold of the grace He offers to you?
His grace is what saved you and it is
His grace that will sustain you.
You can do it! There is hope!
His grace is enough.
Today I am choosing to allow
His grace to calm my fears,
to overcome discouragement
and to renew a right spirit within me.
Will you join me?
So let us come boldly to the throne or our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy and we will find grace to help us when we need it. Heb 4:16
Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially that sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. Heb 12:1-2