January 21&22,2017/Faithfullness

We are slowly edging toward our 45th year of marriage.

There are times I feel much like a dinosaur. Forty-five years is a long time to spend with one person…yet in many respects it seems as if the time has flown by. I can well remember our early years of struggle when we lived in a 12×60 mobile home. (Back then, you didn’t start off with a large house, granite counters, every appliance known to humans, and a new car!) We struggled…watching every penny and worrying about how to save enough to eek our way ahead.

Those struggles cemented the ‘chemistry’ one should have with their partner. The bad times made the good ones even sweeter. We learned to accept each others differences and flaws and love IN SPITE of them. What’s more, we loved enough to be satisfied with what we HAD rather than always focusing on what we DIDN’T HAVE. And through it all we were faithful.

Faithfullness is not hard. It is simply loving each other enough to want to put your partner first. It is accepting that our love really DID mean forsaking all others, in sickness and health, until death do us part.

We Christians need to bring this type of faithfullness to our prayer life as well. Forget pride. We need to learn to ask for help and prayer for OURSELVES. Many times we are the first to volunteer to pray for the requests for others or for certain things which happen in our country…but we never volunteer to ask publically for what troubles us; for when WE need prayer.

2 Thesssalonians 3:1-3-Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

Be not afraid to ask for prayer/help from others when YOU need it. God is faithful and He has sent us our fellow believers to uphold us and share our burdens.

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