“Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely hind, a graceful doe.” Proverbs 5:18
Beth Ann’s post got me thinking about my own marriage, also one which has also required perseverance. We’re both strong willed, complicated people. Over the years we’ve had financial problems, problems with teenagers, conflicts with relatives, disagreements with each other, job stress, depression, anxiety, etc.. It seems like just when one area straightens out, a new problem crops up. That’s life, I guess. Or at least life in a sinful world. Yet we’ve managed to stick with it for 46 years. As older folks, we’ve reached a kind of contented plateau. The kids are grown and on their own; careers are over or winding down. Finances are settled, for better or worse. Instead of striving for the next big thing, we’re looking back at how we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished …and for the most part, we’re satisfied.
One special thing about a long marriage is knowing so many different aspects of your spouse. Yes, I could be widowed and marry again, but nobody but Terry would remember me as a teenager, a college student, or a young mom. No other husband would share the birth of my children, my first “adult” job, all the years of growing in Christ and so much more. I once read a book where the main character said something like this, “in this house we are not just two old people — we are all the people we have ever been.”
Like Beth Ann, I wish I could convince people, it’s worth the hard work. If you are married to the love of your youth, rejoice! Let’s hear from some other lady bloggers, what do you have to tell us about the marriage relationship?
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before us, looking to Jesus who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1
Have you ever heard a Christian talk about their ‘life verse’? Well, this one from Hebrews is mine. To me, this verse and this whole chapter is about persevering in the Christian walk. How do we do that? By keeping our focus on Jesus, and being inspired and encouraged by the example of other faithful Christians.
In the last chapter, we heard about all the great people of the past, who endured trials for their faith, even before the promises of God were fully revealed. It’s been called “the hall of fame of faith.” This hall of fame is not yet complete. Now we’re the ones running the race while the host that went before cheers us on. Sometimes we’ll get tired; sometimes God will discipline us; sometimes sin will trip us up. We need to keep going, with the help of Christ and our fellow believers.
Who’s in your faithful “hall of fame”? Your parents? Your pastor? Your childhood Sunday School teachers? Your spouse? A friend? Write down your list, and then say a prayer of thanks for those who have molded and shaped you, and helped you to keep going.
What’s your favorite book of the Bible? Mine is Hebrews. I’m excited about Michele’s interactive study posts on this book. The verse I consider my “life verse” is there:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
Hebrews has many other verses I find inspiring and edifying:
“The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming–not the realities themselves.” Hebrews 10:1
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews:11:1
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good works. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are doing, but let us encourage each other–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
These are just some of the verses I love. I also like the fact that we don’t know who wrote Hebrews. Just think about it–an anonymous writer, but his words were chosen and still being used by God 2000 years later.
This book teaches me. It lifts me up every time I read through it. If I could choose one book of the Bible to take with me to a desert island, this would be it. What about you? What’s your favorite? I hope some of our other bloggers and followers will do posts and send comments. I also hope you will comment on Michele’s posts on Hebrews.