Psalm 45:13-15 -
"The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace."
Joseph and Jennifer June 9, 2012 As told by Jenny:
My mother always said to pray and tell God exactly what you want in a husband. And make a list too. She said to pretend like you were making the perfect hamburger with all the yummy toppings. God likes us to be specific because He wants to give us the desires of our heart. So, I made a list a long time ago and always trusted that one day God would answer my prayer for a husband.
When I was 28 years old, I found myself looking for a friend; someone to go places with together or share special time with. I told the Lord about it and shortly after decided to open up a temporary account on Eharmony.com for the sake of meeting someone. I may possibly strike up a good friendship, be a witness, or whatever the Lord had in mind. One month later, I began talking with my Joseph, my wonderful mail-order husband (as close to mail-order as you can get!). I made sure to keep my family updated with each step of our progress. We wrote old-fashioned letters by updated e-mail just about every day. The most touching thing I learned was that about that time, I found out that my Dad had been praying for me to find someone special along with my Mom, who had been praying for quite a while too. Then, I cannot count the many others that told me the same thing; a strong wave of prayers going up in one accord. Joseph also had people coming to him telling him of their prayers on his behalf. Things just started coming together.
I first started writing to Joseph in September of 2011. Joseph came all the way from Arkansas to visit me in Texas the very first time on December 27th, and on January 4th we decided we wanted to get married. Mom and Dad said when you finally meet that person you are going to spend the rest of your life with things will happen so fast, and so they did! Joseph is a mirror of the list I made so long ago. God made sure to make him an answer to my prayer.
I can remember praying all that time ago and having all those desires deep down in my heart, and now my time had come and for me time stood still! I could not believe my ears as I listened to Joseph speak the secret promises that only me and God knew about. Joseph is my special gift and I will forever be thankful for him and the joy he has been to my life.
We were so very happily married in his hometown on June 9, 2012.
Never give up on God. He is always faithful and he truly wants the very best for His children. Wait for His best!
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Yes, that's right. Eye candy. Pinterest is all the rage right now and, I will admit, I am a fan. I love learning new tips and tricks to better my home, my health, and finding fun activities to try with my kiddo. But I get disturbed when I see tweens, teens, young ladies, and - yes - married women pin pictures of male celebrities onto their boards. ----Mind you, I'm talking about Christian girls and women.
Remember when your Mom would say, "No more candy. It will give you a tummy ache"? We were taught from an early age that eating too much junk food was bad for us and could make us sick. It's definitely true! Too much candy = bad health. Too much junk food = low energy and an all-around BLEH-feeling! Now let's apply that spiritually.
Spiritually, ANY and all "junk food" makes us sick. It erodes our soul. It drains us of spiritual stamina. It puts our focus on earthly, carnal things instead of heavenly things. Keep in mind sin most always starts with the eyes. We see it. We want it. We take it. The Bible calls it the "lust of the eyes." (1 John 2:16)
You may be thinking, "Okay I see what you're saying, but I'm just pinning a picture of a good looking guy! No harm, no foul."
I beg to differ. If you are single, this harms your perception of marriage and devalues men in general. Think about it. Take a second and picture your future husband pinning pictures of ultra-"gorgeous" female celebrities onto his Pinterest board. Picture him gawking and drooling over the skinny, barely clad, airbrushed models that he tags as "sexy" and "delicious." Would it bother you? Intimidate you? Hurt you? Make you feel less than perfect? Likewise. If you fill up your eyes and your mind with "eye candy" you will have little room for good, healthy, Biblical precepts. Proverbs 31:10 asks the question, "Who can find a virtuous woman?" In verse 12, it says that she (this virtuous woman) does her husband "good and not evil all the days of her life." Let me ask you. Is it virtuous to store up man candy, even while single? Is it doing your future husband good? Are you preparing yourself to be a noble and Godly wife while filing away images of "hot men" that you can (and no doubt will, as is tempting for us to do) compare him to? Think about it, girls. Be wise! If you are married, this is a slap to your husband. In Matthew 5:27-28, Jesus talks about adultery and says some strong words. He said that if a man looks at a woman and lusts after her, he has already committed adultery in his heart. That goes for us, too! Wow...talk about serious! Proverbs 5:15 instructs husbands to "Drink waters out of thine own cistern..." What does that mean? It means stick with your own wife. And in like manner WE should stick with our own husbands, not only physically by not committing literal adultery, but in every way! Bring your husband honor by regarding him as the only lover of your heart and the only "candy" your eyes indulge in. Build your house, ladies. Don't pluck it down by foolishly allowing your eyes to drink in the shirtless, seductive-posing Hollywood celebs that you are not married to.
It all goes back to purity. Purity is more than being physically abstinent. It's so much more! And, believe you me, impurity has a knack for knocking down a single young person, and utterly pulverizing a marriage.
Simply put: Eye candy will make you spiritually sick.
If you are single and reading this, then I hope you will take this to heart and remember it for later. If you are married and reading this, I hope you can find encouragement and inspiration.
Simply put: purity isn't a "singleness thing," it's a lifetime thing.
Yes, that's right.
I remember when I was single, I worked hard to remain pure while I waited to be married! It was difficult. Our sex-saturated society mocks abstinence and pushes every temptation imaginable into our view. It is only by God's grace and His strength that we can walk through our single years and remain pure in body and heart. But this post isn't about purity while single. It is about purity while married. I know some of you singles reading this might be shocked and wonder how purity can be a challenge after marriage! I mean, doesn't the struggle end once you walk the aisle and say your vows?? Far from it, I'm afraid.
Before marriage, the struggle is to keep our body and heart pure, saved for our spouse. So what's the struggle AFTER marriage? Actually, it is exactly the same! - to keep our body and heart pure, saved for our spouse. And the battle is fierce.
Take a look around. Do you see the divorce rate? Have you noticed that affairs and infidelity is at an all-time high? Have you seen the ads, commercials, and TV shows that mock a happy, fulfilled marriage and parade lust and adultery like it's something we should be engaging in? I have. The other day I saw a yogurt commercial where two women gulped down spoonfuls of Greek yogurt because, magically, the more they ate, the more their husbands turned into a celebrity look-a-like. Hmm. A subtle point to lust? Looks like it.
Satan is sharp and is, indeed, roaming around like a hungry lion anxious to devour our marriages. It is up to us to build up walls of protection and guard against his devices.
So what are some practical ways we can have purity in our marriage?
First, delve into the Word of God. We are like sponges. If we are full of Jesus, there will be no room for anything else. It is not just important, it's VITAL, to soak ourselves in the Bible. Memorize scripture. Learn more of Who God is. Study. In so doing, we will grow and soak in all that He is. And the more of Him we have, the less of the world we will want.
PRAY. It is important to saturate our marriage and our husband in prayer. Pray for your husband to be strong, to be courageous, to be the leader that God has called him to be. Pray for strength for him when temptation arises. Remember that just as Satan is after you, he is also going to come against your husband. Pray. It's powerful.
Have an accountability partner. It can be your husband. It can be a friend (of the same gender). Whomever you chose, make sure that they are strong in their faith and passionate about purity. Pray together. Lift one another up with encouragement. I am thankful that I have a few select women in my life that I can call on and say, "Hey, Satan is trying to fill my mind with impurity. Pray for me right now, will you?" We need each other. It is important to have someone cheering you on, running the race with you, and lifting you up in prayer.
Remove the bait. Satan will come at us in different ways. What tempts you may not tempt me. So it is important to search our hearts and lives and find whatever our "thing" is that is enticing and remove it. If your computer is a problem, put in a filter, get rid of it, or appoint someone to keep you accountable. There are websites that link your net history to another's computer for better accountability. If it is a TV show or HBO blockbuster, consider turning off your satellite or cable or removing your TV from your home altogether. It isn't extreme to obey the Lord.
Steer clear of the devil's pawns. Impurity is everywhere. TV shows like "Sex and the City" and "Friends" where fornication and adultery is praised, should not be considered. Movies like "Magic Mike" where women are encouraged to gawk and giggle over male strippers,we should stay away from. Romance novels like "Fifty Shades of Grey" that explicitly describe what should be private and sacred, should be tossed in the garbage. Music that approves what God calls a sin, we shouldn't let our ears hear. Do not give place to anything that is unholy. If you compromise in the name of entertainment, don't be surprised if you suddenly find yourself unsatisfied in your marriage and far from the Lord.
God is pure, therefore Satan is on the attack against the purity and sacredness of marriage. It doesn't end at the wedding. Purity is a lifestyle. It is a direction. It is an attribute of Christ and, therefore, should be pursued forever.
Marriage is wonderful. Like most girls growing up, I dreamed about love and living happily ever after. Now that I am married, I often look back to my single years and, while I rejoice in the faithfulness of the Lord and the beauty of a pure past, I can see several pitfalls I wish I would have avoided. I pray you can benefit and learn from my season of singleness....
Today I am honored to be a guest post for Megan in her new series, Singleness Saturdays. Continue reading over at He Will Be Faithful.
Hello readers. I must begin by apologizing for my lack of posts. I have been prayerfully thinking about the direction to take where King's Bride is concerned. It's been a quiet season here. I have no intention of closing because I am fully convinced that the message of purity needs to sweep through this generation. I am so passionate about it and want to spread the news!
Upon marrying Grant, many people (my husband included!) begged me to compile this blog into a book. I agreed to do so and began shortly after returning from our honeymoon. But I have had SO much trouble!! I became discouraged. Then I became frustrated. After a year and a half, I realize that God had bigger things in store. So after much prayer and thinking, I have decided to write a book/devotional for girls and young women. In it, I plan to tell a bit of my own story in my pursuit of purity, share some of my journal entries, and lead up to my engagement, where I will include various posts from King's Bride that best suit.
For the first time, I am VERY excited about what is ahead of King's Bride. Please be in prayer for me as I begin to write. My heart's cry for this project is that the Lord will use it to lead more and more to Him, and that everyone who reads will see the beauty and power of purity.
Those of you who have seen the movie, Fireproof, may have recognized the title. In that movie, Caleb, on the brink of divorce, is given a "dare" by his father. The dare shows Caleb what marriage is and, ultimately, leads him to the Cross on the way.
Well today is Valentine's Day and, as I type this, I am watching the Tweets and the Facebook posts from people all over. They are posting about flowers, candy, date nights, love letters, their significant others...or their "woes" about being single on this "lover's holiday." On my personal blog, I posted the other day that Valentine's Day has a pretty rotten origin. And as a Christian, sometimes it's not so simple to know exactly how you ought to respond. My husband and I talked about it again this morning. We don't want to be legalistic but we do want to live righteously. With that being said, I have my own little "Love Dare" for you today. Actually....I have two. :)
If you are single... I dare you to draw nigh unto God...(James 4:8)
I dare you to trust in Him, with ALL your heart...(Proverbs 3:5)
I dare you to let Him show you how to love...(1 Corinthians 13:4-8; John 13:5)
I dare you to see HOW MUCH in love He is with you!....(Jeremiah 31:3; Hosea 2:19-20; Romans 8:38-39)
I dare you to walk in wisdom, in love, and in purity....(Colossians 4:5; Ephesians 5:2; Matthew 5:8)
I dare you to let Him lead you in everything...(Proverbs 3:6)
If you are married...
I dare you to love each other as Christ loves you...(1 John 4:7)
I dare you to put one another above yourself....(Philippians 2:3)
I dare you (wives) to be your husband's help meet....(Genesis 2:18, Titus 2:3-5, Proverbs 31:10-30)
I dare you (husbands) to be your wife's protector and leader...(Ephesians 5:23-29)
I dare you to be kind, patient, and servant hearted with one another...(Galatians 5:13; Galatians 5:22-25)
I dare you to let God build your life, your marriage, and your family...(Psalm 127:1-5)
On this "day for lovers," I challenge you to fall more in love with our Lord and Savior. Because if HE is the all-complete lover of our souls, then all else will fall into place and into perspective.