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What about romantic love?

As American women, our expectations of the love relationship we all dream of is largely created by stories, movies, books, poetry and music. Most of us spend a good deal of our younger lives dreaming, planning and hoping for our lives with our fairytale loves.

When we have relationships with men, sooner or later we are, to a large extent, disappointed and disillusioned, if not down right devastated. Mix that with America's cultural message that there are no absolute rights and wrongs, that religion is an evil fraud of bondage, that everyone is to be free to do whatever "I" want and not care at all about others, commitment, right and wrong, or earthy and eternal consequences, and the results are lifetimes of ending relationships and LOTS of divorces and broken lives.

I'm no different than any of you. For many of us relationships simply aren't what we'd hoped and dreamed they'd be. Relationships are hard and often painful and lonely. Hopefully there are some good times too. As Americans, we seem to quickly bail out of relationships as soon as they require work and forgiveness, patience and putting the other person's needs above our own.

Many use the obscene divorce statistics as justification for simply living in sin and never marrying to begin with. In America it is done now entirely without shame or apology. One may justify one's choices to oneself, even change one's government's laws, but good luck convincing God to change His mind when you stand at His throne of judgment. One cannot believe the Bible or be a genuine Christian and live this way. The Bible is clear that it's sin and children brought into these relationships are illegitimate. That does not mean these children aren't loved by God, it means they are born outside His law for how He created the family to be...one man, one woman, in vows of marriage that last till death. He did this for our good. It is the best way to bring children into this world and raise them. There is, however, forgiveness for every sin, (except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit), when a soul truly repents and turns to God through Jesus Christ as Savior.

The point I wanted to get to today is this, that we've bought a beautiful dreamy lie all tied up in gorgeous ribbons and sparkly paper. In the real world, with real people, that's rarely how male female relationships are. That's where the importance of vows come in. A vow is to be something that cannot be set aside - hence, for life. This encourages both people to keep working on it, trying to make the relationship better. Both people, in essence being trapped, are motivated to work on it and make it the best they can for both their sakes. When society allows and even encourages people to break their vows, give up and divorce, that motivation is gone. Soon after one partner is disenchanted, it's simply history. But God's laws don't change with social trends.

I reflect on much of the world where there are still arranged marriages. Many don't even meet until the marriage and yet it works. I think perhaps their expectations are more realistic than ours. I've seen interviews with such couples and they are happy and have adjusted to one another. For myself, I have spent a lot of time thinking of these marriages as encouragement that it can be done and happy, peaceful lives can be had. Stable homes for the raising of children are possible.

For every one of you who is in a difficult situation, my prayers are with you. God never said this life would be easy. He only said that if we would belong to Him, He wouldn't let anything happen to us that wasn't common to man and that we couldn't handle with His help...and that He'd cause all things to ultimately work together for our good. The Bible is full of information on how His people are to think and act in marriage. It's a good place to look for help - the instruction manual for life!

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3 comments: to “ PamperingTime_by_LynettesPhotoArt

  • Anonymous
    March 6, 2010 at 10:49 PM  

    Thanks for the freebie and the message. I agree that marriage today is too easily cast aside. I hope the trend changes...

  • deltalady6
    March 7, 2010 at 12:36 AM  

    Great post today. Our minister just finished a sermon series on marriage with a lot of those same points. Our church even made a CD of his sermons because there was so much demand for it, which I think is very promising! Thanks for everything you do!

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    March 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave.com in the DigiFree category today [07 Mar 01:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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