Unexpected Marvelous Marriage Moment

Happy Monday! Let’s start the week off with a Marvelous Marriage Moment.

Desmond and Clara Nistetter (My Daddy and Mama)

My Mama and Daddy dated each other throughout their marriage. Dated? Yes, they dated. They loved going out to dinner as a couple and with others. Their dates were special times, times of dressing up in their finest—Daddy in a suit and tie, Mama in heels, dress, and lots of jewelry … each heavily perfumed. Daddy was usually ready before Mama, and he waited in their formal living room. When she finally appeared, she lifted her arms, smiled, and twirled for Daddy. He clapped and told her how beautiful she was. She bowed her head and smiled. The perfect beginning to a love-filled evening.

I’ve had a few of those moments. Have you? This was their routine. Do you have a similar routine? Does your routine include pronouncing your pride in your husband? 

Proclaimed praise sets the tone for greater things.

We burst forth in praise when we remember who God is. Our hearts are filled with joy when we consider all that He has done for us. I imagine our Father in heaven smiling as we praise Him. We praise God in our worship songs and our prayers. We clap, raise our hands, smile, and celebrate God. 

We praise our children with clapping, rewards, stickers, words, hugs, and celebrations. We award trophies and medals. We click a thumbs up or a heart on social media. We tape drawings and “atta-boys” to the refrigerator. We smile when people praise us. I’ll admit it; sometimes, I get embarrassed, but deep down inside, I’m smiling. We like applause. It tells us that others think we’re valuable and what we do matters.

Our husbands bask in praise.

Let’s try a simple act of praise. The next time you are close to your husband, take his bicep and squeeze it. I’ll bet that he flexes his muscle. If he does, say, “Oooooh! You are working out!” Does he puff up and grin?

Come back and let us know what his reaction was.

Momentary praise leads to prolonged smiles.

An unexpected duster

“What are you going to do with the duster?”  

“I’m dusting the baseboards.” 

“What?” 

Keith began with my office and went through the entire house. He returned and said, “I got some stuff.” 

I grabbed my tambourine, shook it, pranced in circles, woo-hooing all the while. He hopped from one foot to the other and shouted, “She wants me!” A momentary celebration that filled both of us with joy. Yes, this really happened.

I keep a tambourine handy for treasured moments like these.

From Genesis to Revelation, praise inhabits God’s Word.

Praise appears 207 times in 183 verses in the English Standard Version of the Bible. Praise must be important in the lives of God’s people and to God Himself.

“And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, ‘This time I will praise the LORD.’ Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.” Genesis 29:35 (ESV)

Leah and Rachel were Jacob’s wives, but Jacob loved Rachel. So God opened Leah’s womb but not Rachel’s womb at that time. Leah named her fourth son Judah, “praise.” How fitting that Jesus is a descendant of “Praise,” Judah’s line. I imagine that each time Leah looked upon Judah, she praised God for her son.

Another woman in the Bible was steeped in praise – praise for her husband, King Solomon.

[She] “My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
distinguished among ten thousand.
His head is the finest gold;
his locks are wavy, black as a raven.”
Song of Solomon 5:10-11 (ESV)

The Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) is the love story of a young country girl and King Solomon. It is the poetry of a marriage steeped in intimate love and praise for each other.

God gave us the gift of marriage as a reflection of His love for you and me. The bride used her senses and emotions to describe her love and respect for her husband. Sight, smell, sound, taste, touch, and respect. What if your husband heard you boasting to your friends in such a loving way? Do you think he would punch the sky with a high five? What a joyous moment for him. 

Tell him.

Tell your husband that he is radiant and distinguished, that you see his head and think of the finest gold, that his hair is beautiful (or his bald head shines like the sun). Tell him that he is your beloved and that he is your friend. 

Friend, write a description of your husband. You might want to start by describing your husband from the top of his head down to his big toe in loving terms. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and words. As you describe your husband, notice your emotions. Are you smiling? 

Once you have written your description, read it slowly, as if it is your prayer. Let it speak to you. Thank God for your husband and ask God for the right timing to read your description to your husband. When God prompts you, say a quick prayer and ask your husband if you can share your description of him. He will melt.

Father, thank You for the gift of marriage. Help us to look for the good in our spouses and to praise them with enthusiasm. May we rejoice in Your gift of marriage and respond with praise – praise to You and to our spouses. In Jesus’ name, amen.

We can praise our spouses with our words, our actions, our photos, our social posts. How are you praising your spouse?

Related Link

“Thoughts on Marriage” by Cathe Laurie

Hosanna!

Passover was coming. Jews were walking up to Jerusalem by the thousands. Josephus estimates that Passover brought close to 2.7 million Jews to Jerusalem, requiring about 250,000 lambs for sacrifices.

One sacrifice that year would change the world. THE Perfect Sacrifice would be offered that Passover.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Zechariah 9:9-10

Continue reading Hosanna!

Decades … Prevailing

In this, you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:6-7

Through pestilence, unending change, riotous upheaval, and raging fires, this year has proven that your faith and love are more precious than gold and bring praise, glory, and honor to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Happy Birthday, my Beloved!

Happy Thanksgiving!

O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God
And a great King above all gods,
In whose hand are the depths of the earth,
The peaks of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for it was He who made it,
And His hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Psalm 95:1-7

Take time to thank the Lord and your family for all they are and do.

Please tell us what you are thankful for in the Comments Section below.

Happy Thanksgiving!