51 Years of Delight

“As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.”

Song of Solomon 2:3

Sweetness in Unity

My Beloved, my Darling, my delight is in you.
Throughout our 51 years, you have given me rest in the shade of your presence.
You took my hand, and we danced through numerous
adventures and the unknown.
You bid me to close my eyes to the world and
taste the sweet fruit of your selfless labor.
I am captivated by your love.
You have abundantly blessed me

I love you from the depth of my very being.

Karen

From Death to Life – The Promise of Jesus

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16 (NLT).

The Creator of the Universe lovingly formed you and me. He knew His plans for you before you were formed, and they were good.

In Him, there is no wickedness, only good. He is holy and pure and cannot tolerate sin. Sin is disobeying God’s law and rebelling against Him.

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Freed to Serve

“For it is to me that the people of Israel are servants. They are my servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 25:55, ESV).

How we introduce ourselves reveals what we value about ourselves or what others value about us. When we’re representing our employer, we might say, “Hi, I’m Karen, creative director at SmileZone.” When we’re in the neighborhood, we might introduce ourselves as “Hi, I’m Karen, Keith’s wife and Kristin’s mom.” When we’re at church, we might introduce ourselves, “Hi, I’m Karen, I volunteer in the Women’s Ministry.” When God looks at us, does He see any of those titles?

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Marriage Changes Everything

Do you remember when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Were you excited? Was Jesus all you could think of?

I was in Vacation Bible School when I accepted Jesus. I bawled convulsively because I was a sinner. The Bible became my friend.

In high school, I continued to read my Bible, but at times, studies, friends, and boys held my thoughts captive. My hunger for more of God decreased, and my thoughts became more worldly. Yet, I began to pray for the man that God was preparing for me. Those prayers led me to form unspoken and unacknowledged expectations. 

Did you daydream about the man you would marry? Did you imagine what he looked like? How he would treat you? What his profession would be? I did.

The day finally came, and I met my man. 

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