My most recent morning devotions have been about loving and building relationship with God while writing your story. I do not mean pen to paper but writing a life story. We all have one but how we tell it is what separates us from each other. Some tell their story with addictions and lack of self-worth, some based on their job and how others view their work, Some are depressed and lost, but I want to tell my story through my relationship with my Savior. Even so it is much easier to type my story than to live it. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Following God’s Path
I stop to think about my Life Story. Each month is a chapter that leads to each year which separates my life into sections. Looking backwards at my story, I can see God working and moving in my life just as I can see when I tried to take control of my life and not follow his path. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. It is obvious when I am following God’s plan and everything seems so smooth and then I grab the reins and muck everything up in my life. Writing a living breathing story of relationship can be hard, but the reflection of this story is in a marriage.
Marriage: The Example
Marriage is ordained by God and he established the union as a reflection of Christ and his bride the church. Christ who loves me unconditionally and sacrificed his life for me on the cross. “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,” Ephesians 5:25. Christ set the example not just for marriage but for the deeper relationship he calls me into with him. My relationship with Christ must come first even before my marriage, but sets the example for my relationship within my marriage and how that portion of my Life Story should be written. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:4.
Closing Verse: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.
Challenge: Write Your Life Story
#WatchGod – Week One Update
I began my challenge last week to pray for someone for 30 days. God has been working this past week in this persons life especially in their job. Their job is exploding and smiles are abundant. Praise God! I pray that God will work even more deeply in this person’s life. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4.