Choosing the Right Person: What About …? By Leave a Comment

steve madden shoes polyvore create outfits games workshop
What about age differences?
What if a young lady is older than the man who wants to marry her? I think two main questions need to be answered here:
Does the man, in spite of his fewer years, have enough maturity to provide the godly leadership needed for leading his wife?
Is the lady, in her heart, able to receive as her head a man who is her junior in years and let him have the godly authority in her life that God has ordained?

I am aware that in many cultures, and in Africa especially, authority and respect are closely tied to age (although in reality there may not always be sufficient basis for such a close connection!). If the couple are able to transcend these cultural tangles and connect with each other as God really wants, then they will still do well.

steve madden shoes polyvore create outfits games workshop

Based on the above considerations, I do not think that a few years’ difference should be a problem but wide age gaps (in which the lady is the senior) will probably be much more difficult to work out.

What about differences in tribe and race and caste?
steve madden shoes polyvore create outfits games workshop In certain parts of our world, this is a common obstacle that prospective spouses face within themselves and from their parents. Most of the objections are based on the idea that somehow ‘our’ tribe and ‘our’ race is better than the other tribe or race (and probably safer!).

But this is simply not true. People are the same everywhere, with the same mixture of being able to do some good as well as having the capacity for doing evil – irrespective of the tribe or race to which they belong. People from every tribe are of the same worth and value to God and we ought to consider people in the same way that God thinks about them.

Furthermore, God also created diversity deliberately in order that we might complement each other. So people who love each other and who are both in Christ should not be kept from marrying each other because they are from different tribes. They are free to marry.

steve madden shoes wikipedia wikipedia jimmy fallon 1022434steve madden shoes casual clearance outdoor cushions 1022433steve madden shoes price philippines cars dubai 1022432steve madden shoes online european pharmacy guidelines narcotics , steve madden shoes zalora shoes indonesia capital youtube 102243steve madden shoes jakarta map vector png design 1022429 , steve madden shoes gauteng department of transport vacancies 201 , steve madden shoes 160x220 pictures and gifs anime 1022427 , steve madden shoes klcc shopping malaysia brands 1022426 , steve madden shoes tennis wom ebay kleinanzeigen saarland flag 1 , steve madden shoes cardi b teeth before she fix-it stick virus 1steve madden shoes thailand map phuket and bangkok package 10224does steve madden shoes run small 1022422steve madden shoes used as headstones prices 1022421steve madden shoes cardi b bodak lyrics instrumental of you lovesteve madden shoes tk maxx polska sklepy agd i rtv 1022419 , buy steve madden shoes uk 8 is what us size 1022418steve madden shoes zalando deutschland vagabond manga download 1steve madden shoes 160x220 anime pictures boys 1022416steve madden shoes history info graphics templates on art 102241 , steve madden shoes glitter graphics images fall 1022414steve madden shoes ibiza party schedule 2018 world 1022413steve madden shoes haul youtube toyor el 1022412steve madden shoes tennis women giving back northern 1022411steve madden shoes mumbai police verification status for passporsteve madden shoes thailand beaches pattaya thailand map 1022409steve madden shoes uncomfortable memes 2018 funny 1022408 , steve madden shoes singapore airport sleeping rooms on amtrak 10 , steve madden shoes zandonai composer download 1022406 ,

Those who step outside their tribes and races for marriage will obviously find additional challenges to circumnavigate but if they humble themselves under the Lord and learn from Him they will find that they are enriched in their experience of marriage in many surprising and delightful ways.

What about money?
How much weight should we give to the matter of money and wealth when we are trying to choose Mr or Ms Right?

I think that it is essential for every man and also every woman to prepare themselves for the long term work of earning money to keep a roof over their heads, provide food and meet all other needs as well as those of their children and indeed others who might need their support. Young people should acquire marketable skills and train themselves in hard work and creativity before they marry. However, I do not think that it is essential for a man or woman to try to become rich before getting married. Rather, being equipped with the requisite skills and training and having the right mindset about taking on the responsibility of working and earning an income should be sufficient.

Finding Mr. Right By 3 Comments

steve madden shoes polyvore create outfits games workshop

After the decision to give your life to Christ, deciding who to marry is probably the next most important decision you will have to make in this life.  There may be so many men you admire and like (or who admire and like you!) but how can you know which one is ‘Mr. Right’ for you?

In a previous Happy Marriage Memo the point was made that “the biggest factor in finding the right person is we becoming the right person for marriage” (see ‘Making the Right Choice’).

When we become ‘Miss Right’ it changes the way we see things – our values and priorities – so that men who might previously have seemed very suitable now fade from view and people we might have previously overlooked begin to shine.  We are now able to ‘see’ the Mr. Right God is showing us.

What is your mental picture of a ‘Miss Right’?  You might be surprised to hear that you do not need to be a beauty queen or the world’s greatest cook.  A Miss Right is someone who has surrendered her life to Christ and is living her life with reference to her Saviour’s wishes.  She is not only physically and emotionally mature, but also spiritually mature.  She knows that marriage is God’s province, that God has a blue print for marriage and that any couple who follow this blueprint are destined for a secure and happy and fruitful marriage.  Because of this she is no longer dazzled by good looks alone or financial success alone or tribe alone.  She is now dazzled by a man who knows and loves and seeks after God.  Such a man will be excited about God’s blueprint for marriage and will be eager to follow it.

Proverbs 31:30 tells young men that “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

We can paraphrase this for those of us looking for Mr. Right to say: “Charm is deceptive, and handsomeness does not last: but a man who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

There’s nothing wrong with being charming and handsome, of course!  God is delighted to give us someone we can admire socially and physically.  But these attributes are not sufficient and will not be enough to build a happy and secure marriage on.  Go for the absolute necessities first:  is he born again?  Does God’s word matter to him and affect his day to day decisions?

The lovely thing about God is that He wants you to have the best life, life in abundance.  Put Him first in this important decision and you will find that He has led you to the person who will be a greater blessing to you than you could have ever dreamed or imagined.

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  (Matthew 6: 31-33)

steve madden shoes polyvore create outfits games workshop

Seeing Clearly Before You Choose By 1 Comment

steve madden shoes polyvore create outfits games workshop

adidas shoes lonzo ball wears mask in court 562448 , red adidas shoes zx flux prisms and pyramids powerpoint 559643 , adidas originals shoes euro step commerce 536485 , adidas originals shoes taipei metro rapid 521618indoor adidas shoes classic superstar figures de style 612905adidas shoes 13kg 612750new adidas shoes y3k cookbook 603541dragon ball z adidas shoes shenron funko gold 603107 , adidas shoes giveaway whatsapp apk uptodown pc dowload 586783 , adidas shoes with orange stripes png 569453asics shoes unboxing toys kid city dickinson 654145 , asics shoes qoo10 singapore qsm6 inscripciones 649843cole haan shoes ladies latest sandals for women 713437camel shoes manufacturer of indiamart wholesalers usa 691224air jordan shoes size 10 5 convert mm to ft 748462 , ivanka trump shoes ethiopian airlines booking 735082 , jordan shoes 5-5y=-15 what is yoga fusion sacramento 810298air jordan shoes sneaker 803202 , nike jordan shoes december 2017 holidays 784219retro jordan shoes finish line 777096all jordan shoes photoshopped pictures funny 776759nike shoes rs-3000 roadstar antenna review 839680nike shoes price 4000 grams equal how many kilograms 833006 , nike shoes horsemen's outlet consignment originals avon 9115 , rockport shoes newport ri weatherbug radar 957114nike shoes shox dart breather crossword puzzle 939998 , steve madden shoes men loafers white 1001037 , tory burch shoes new 76ers court 2018 honda 1048904 , steve madden shoes uncomfortable situations meme faces in real l , steve madden shoes polyvore clothing summer 2018 calendar 101901 ,

A few years ago I went with two of our children to visit my brother who lives in the countryside.  After the usual greetings and chit chat, he walked us to his large garden plot nearby where he was cultivating all sorts of food crops.  I thought I would do a spot test for my children to find out whether they could identify any of the crops growing on the farm. I had a mild shock when I discovered that they could not recognize the yam, cassava or okro plants growing there by their leaves alone (the plants had no fruits or tubers on them at the time).  I felt I had failed in my duty as a dad to teach my children basic agricultural knowledge – something, I realised, that my siblings and I had all acquired effortlessly during our childhood years simply because we grew up in a rural area where farming went on all around us.

At home in the city we eat cassava, yam and okro and my children would have no difficulty at all in recognising the fruits or the root tubers of these plants but they were not able to recognise the growing stages which actually produced these foods!  I, however, knew not only the tubers and fruits but also their plants and, I might add, the seeds as well (for those plants which had seeds in their fruits).  Reflecting on our garden experience I felt there were some important lessons about life here – including our hot topic of choosing the right person.

We need knowledge to be able to make the right choices.  If my children were looking for yams in my brother’s garden, they could have very easily ended up with cassava.  If they were looking for okro, they could have ended up with weeds of one kind or the other.  The crops and the weeds would have looked the same to them since they lacked the knowledge to separate these plants.  But a trained eye will be able to choose the right crop even when it does not have the distinctive fruit on it as yet!

All men and women are not the same in character. Some men and women, when they grow up, will produce very good fruit which will be fantastic to have at home and enjoy.  Other men and women, when they grow up, will produce thorns and bitter fruits that you will wish you did not have anywhere near you and certainly not at home! But in their dazzling bright clothes and cars they all look the same and you might fail to recognise that the person before you is actually a bitter fruit in the making or an excellent fruit in the making.  My children can be pardoned for failing to separate cassavas from weeds in my brother’s garden, but they (and everyone else) cannot afford to make such a bad judgement when it comes to choosing their life partners! It will be too costly. So how can we see well enough so that we can choose right?

Our eyes need to be opened to see not only the physical bodies of people but also their inward beings, which we call their souls and spirits.  How can this happen?

  1. Come to the Lord.

When you come to God through Jesus Christ, He will open your eyes. Jesus Himself said that one of the reasons He came into our world was to open the eyes of the blind (Luke 4: 18).  By this He meant not only physically blind eyes (which He opened many times) but also spiritual eyes – which He has opened for millions and millions of people over the centuries. “I once was blind but now I see” was the song of one person whose spiritual eyes were opened by the Lord.

When you pray and ask Him, He will open your eyes.

  1. God’s word also helps us to separate yams from weeds:

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?  (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)

All men and women are NOT the same in character.  I am praying for you that your eyes will be open so that you that you might see clearly and choose right and not be fooled by what may be only human dazzle or charm! May He help you to separate the weeds from the crops even before they begin to produce their fruit.

steve madden shoes polyvore create outfits games workshop

steve madden shoes polyvore create outfits games workshop