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Wedding Shower / Annaleise

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Vow 1

Stephanie, take you Trent, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death does us part. I will love and honor you all the days of my life.”
Here is another version I loved
These things I promise you
I, (NAME), take you, to be my (wife/husband), and these things I promise you: I will be faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect, trust, help, and care for you; I will share my life with you; I will forgive you as we have been forgiven; and I will try with you better to understand ourselves, the world, and God; through the best and worst of what is to come, and as long as we live.
Another one began..and I do promise and covenant, before God!

1.The first point I wanted to remind us all is Marriage is a precious gift from God.

How many as a teen maybe even younger prayed and dreamed of the day you would be married. I think we all have. Outside of salvation I would say our parents have prayed and begged God for the spouse on day. How many in here has ever made a list of “what I am looking for in a Godly spouse.
Whenever I start to get complaisant or complaining about my marriage I try to remember all the prayers and dreams I had for.a. spouse. How God answered each one, even down to a funny sense of humor.
I want to remember that what I prayed for many are still praying for and the day I stood and vowels similar to these God gave me the biggest gift and answer to prayer of my entire life.
Psalms 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
James 1:17 “17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

2. The second little lesson I want to share is that we do have a responsibility in marriage.

Genesis 2:18 “18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
We are brought together for joy but also to fulfill our God given responsibility
So the first responsibility given was to work alongside Adam.
Wonder if she had to clean up around the place sense he had been left alone for a few hours. Trent always says “God looked down and knew man needed adult supervision.”
Matthew 19:6 “6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
This is also a very common phrase we hear at a wedding ceremony. What God has joined together let not man put asunder. But one responsibilty we have to is to continually work at and fight for our marriage.
God also says we are a helpmeet.
Life, the challenges, other people will try to pull you away from your God given partnership.
Don’t let your busy schedule, your kids, or an influence pull your from your God given assigement.
I know this isnt always popular these days, but I is definitely hard to skip over in the Bible. Every marriage is different and partner together in different ways. Even seasons of marriage change where what use to be the way you would be a helpmeet to your husband looks completely different in the next season. We need to pray and continual ask God for wisdom on how to selflessly be a helpmeet to our husbands.

3. The last little lesson I wanted to to point out is our marriages should be to bring maximum glory to God.

“Jesus says that all of life, not just marriage, is a showcase of God’s glory.”
Marriage is primary built for God’s glory. It was God’s design from the garden. Our lives should being more glory to God together them separately.
Most marriages are built on personal happiness, that may work for a time as long as their is not real difficulties, but that is shallow and empty.
There is also a temptation to make marriage all about making your spouse happy, but that also will not last.
But the desire to bring God glory through our marriage will be the only way that brings true contemptent and will help us live out our purpose. That is God’s true design and purpose for marriage.
Col 3:17 “17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Being united to Christ by faith is a greater source of marital success than perfect sex and double-income prosperity.
If we make secondary things primary, they cease to be secondary and become idolatrous. They have their place. But they are not first, and they are not guaranteed. Life is precarious, and even if it is long by human standards, it is short. “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4: 14). “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Prov. 27: 1).
So it is with marriage. It is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.
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