June 20, 2011

Marriage Monday

Tony and I will be married for 18 years on July 4th this year. I think our marriage is a mixture of traditional and modern. We aren't all one way or the other and we've certainly grown and changed over the years. I think one of the greatest assets in our relationship is the ability to forgive one another. We are more in love and closer today than we ever have been in our entire relationship and that means a lot to me. My favorite scriptures, the ones that have spoken to me, taught me, humbled me and led the way are listed below. I know I am not what this scriptures describes but I pray that Jesus change me more and more daily that I may be a virtuous wife for my dear husband. I pray today over this Holy Covenant spoken and witnessed before the Lord. I pray protection over everyone in our world and I bind the hands of the enemy and all his works that come against marriage with all intentions of destroying it. May the Lord protect, heal and seal in Jesus Christ's precious name!

Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Proverbs 31:10-31
    10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
      For her worth
is far above rubies.
       11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
      So he will have no lack of gain.
       12 She does him good and not evil
      All the days of her life.
       13 She seeks wool and flax,
      And willingly works with her hands.
       14 She is like the merchant ships,
      She brings her food from afar.
       15 She also rises while it is yet night,
      And provides food for her household,
      And a portion for her maidservants.
       16 She considers a field and buys it;
      From her profits she plants a vineyard.
       17 She girds herself with strength,
      And strengthens her arms.
       18 She perceives that her merchandise
is good,
      And her lamp does not go out by night.
       19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
      And her hand holds the spindle.
       20 She extends her hand to the poor,
      Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
       21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
      For all her household
is clothed with scarlet.
       22 She makes tapestry for herself;
      Her clothing
is fine linen and purple.
       23 Her husband is known in the gates,
      When he sits among the elders of the land.
       24 She makes linen garments and sells
      And supplies sashes for the merchants.
       25 Strength and honor
are her clothing;
      She shall rejoice in time to come.
       26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
      And on her tongue
is the law of kindness.
       27 She watches over the ways of her household,
      And does not eat the bread of idleness.
       28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
      Her husband
also, and he praises her:
       29 “ Many daughters have done well,
      But you excel them all.”
       30 Charm
is deceitful and beauty is passing,
      But a woman
who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
       31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
      And let her own works praise her in the gates. 


Susan said...

Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

This is the scripture I place on every wedding card or gift we give. It is soooo true. It is HIS love that kept our long 52+ year marriage together. Especially at one point.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

Congratuflations. 18 years - children, grandchild...there is a lot there to celebrate!