"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not hastily broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12
Let your marriage be tied with God's knot. The two of you may defend for a little while but with God, there is not enough time in eternity to wear down the strands He ties.
I wanted to share this with you. It was writ by Perry Tanksley. I hope you enjoy.
I ask that every marriage of these that trust Your knot will withstand the ploys of this world to destroy what You see is good. Every wife will honor her husband with respect for his authority, with joyful submission. Every husband will love his wife as You love Your church, giving himself for her. That they have exhilaration and satisfaction in one another, in honor giving preference to one another. Thank you for the joining of every covenant marriage You have given. You are good. In Your great and Awesome name, Jesus The Christ! Amen!
Ladies, do you want to transform your marriage? This is the key point in scripture that will give you the wisdom to do so. We have talked before about praying for your husband...you can find that post here...which is vital to a strong marriage or a marriage that needs the LORD to move. What I am about to share is just fascinating to me, something that is so good it can't be kept under key.
We are going to take an Eastern mindset to the scripture Genesis 2:23.
To put things in context, we are looking at the writ account of Adam waking up and seeing Eve at his side for the first time. Remember, Adam was brought all the animals and plants and birds of creation to him to name and find a suitable helper; none were found. So, a deep -as in depth like the ocean- sleep was placed on Adam by God and a "rib" was taken to create Eve. This is a blessed picture I think. Man was created in God's image, Hebrew root word dam meaning blood, as in related by blood. Later, woman was created out of the man to be a helper and a companion. Now to our scripture, writ from a Eastern mindset reading...
"And the human said, this one is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh
Here is a quick word study to understand how the ancient Hebrew woman would read this scripture:
Bone of my Bones...Bone is the Hebrew etsem. The root word is eyts meaning a tree. These two words in connection would bring on the meaning that the bones are the tree of the body, the structure. Eyts can also have the meaning to counsel. The meaning of Bone of my Bone to the ancient Hebrew woman then becomes yo'eyts; she is the counselor, in the sense of support and firmness, the tree as structure to her husband. How cool is that!
Flesh of my Flesh...Flesh is the Hebrew basar meaning the skin or the meat of man (or animal). It is also used in Genesis 1:4, 2:3 "to proclaim that it was good". The idea was to proclaim good. This idea and word is found in much of the old testament with the sacrifice of the flesh of a slaughtered animal to proclaim good news, like a babies birth for instance. Here, the same idea is held. Adam was proclaiming that his flesh was used and proclaiming that Eve was good. What a love relationship!
Because...because of this; because this was. Because is the connection word kiy. This is a very ancient and primitive word not used much in the modern Hebrew. The word can also be rendered since. Since of this or since this was, as in being bone of my bone.
Lets put this all together in a way, say Sarah, would have understood this verse.
"And the human said, 'this one now at last; is a support in firmness like
Often times, the change starts with us, the wife, his bride. We can not expect our husbands to be the man we want him to be if we are not being the wife we were created to be for him, literally. To have a great husband, he needs to have the structure and support and counsel that he can proclaim is good! Just as Adam did over Eve, be the wife he needs so he can be the husband you need. Have a major blessed week ladies.
So, today was a great day! I went in this morning to have Basal Cell Carcinoma removed. For the first time of our homeschooling, I left the kids at home with an agenda of what their lessons were for the day. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect for their productivity. Sometime it seems like such a fight to keep them on task. Just one year ago if I had left them with homework to do from PS by themselves, it would have been conveniently forgotten or done so quick half would have been wrong.
To my delight, they finished all their lessons with 1.5 hours left from their normal finish time. I am so full of joy in my kids growth in just these 5 months. Such a change. Their demeanor and how they carry themselves is night and day different. They have found themselves. They no longer take on the personalities of other kids they are around but actually get quite annoyed by their immaturity.
My baby girl was always very shy and a bit of an introvert. Last year I couldn't even get a hug from her, 13 year old at the time, in the car when she went off to school. Today, she makes jokes and includes herself in discussions. She hugs me in public, asks me to sit with her at the ball games, even kisses me on the cheek in front of everyone "because I'm the best Mom".
New year, new years resolutions. Do you guys have any? I found it funny that a poll I once found said that new years resolutions are the biggest money makers for a gym, March and April coming in second as people want their beach bodies for the summer. I can't remember where I saw it, probably pinterest somewhere;). The intention is super duper great! Unfortunately, research polls say that 67% of gym memberships bought go to waste. That means out of roughly 131,700,000 memberships in the US, 88,239,000 go unused or out of the $21,800,000,000 revenue for fitness centers in the US $14,606,000,000 is wasted. CRAZINESS!!!
*If that is your resolution, please don't get offended, go get some, be a rebel and get'er done!
Lets not let these statistics be true for the Christmas spirit of recognizing The LORD Jesus. As the new years resolutions start to wear down and the sensitivity and tangibility of the holidays and celebration of Jesus Birthday start to fade, don't push Jesus off as a fad like the gym memberships.
I always read my bible through every year so my new years starts off with scripture. I always had since the birth of my Buddy, 12 years ago this year. This year though I have found the desire to not just read The Word through but I am journaling Him. Yes, it will probably take two years but hey, He is well worth my time:) I am super excited and have barely made it through to Genesis 3 but oh man is The Word good!
I want to wish a super happy new year for you all and may your blessings to The LORD be rich and full and make Him smile:)
Welcome! Marie is a wife, mother of two teens, and a fur baby. Marie and her family live in the north-central US. She is a homeschool Momma, avid outdoors man, and is disciplined in the study of Jewish and Christian Scriptures along with Hebrew and Greek dialect. Marie has been asked for years to share herself, so, welcome to Marie' life:)