January 1st, 2012-My fiancé Dave baptized me at Two Rivers Church. It was a powerful moment and very emotional. I have been drawing closer and closer to God ever since I met Dave. His love and fear of God was something that I admired and that I wanted in my own life. Now, after a little more than a year and a half I have finally been baptized. And to top it all off, Dave, the man who has taught me and guided me in this process, was the one to dunk me! WOW! God is good 🙂
Baptism is a symbol of my faith in Christ and it is displayed publicly for everyone to witness. It is a symbol that the old is gone and I am NEW in Christ. It is an amazing way to start this new year.
For Dave and I this baptism represented something even more. We strive to make our relationship centered around Christ. Having Dave baptize me was a way to publicly display that our relationship is rooted in Christ. We want our relationship to be about something more than our feelings. Something more than just us. We want our marriage to showcase the gospel to those around us.
Our main goal for our relationship and marriage is to live our lives in a way that when people look at us as a couple- they see Christ. They see God’s love, forgiveness, grace, peace, freshness, honesty, patience, goodness, and gentleness.
Here is a VIDEO of Dave baptizing me :).
P.S. 5 months till were married!
In case you missed some of our posts last year – check out this post which introduces our blog, and this funny video, and this entry.
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During our engagement, one of my goals is to study and to KNOW my role as a wife according to God’s perfect plan. My favorite marriage book so far is Excellent Wife by Martha Peace 🙂 – and this is where most of the ideas for this post came from.
In the order of creation- man was created first.
For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 1 Timothy 2:13
The husband was created to rule over the earth; and the wife, later, was created to be a “helper” that would be suitable for him! We are both created in God’s image, but we have different roles.
Women was created FOR the man, NOT man for the woman.
For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man; for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake. 1 Corinthians 11:7-9
Man is to glorify God and woman is to glorify the man. In the Trinity, there is perfect harmony. All are satisfied with their roles & there is no “power control issues”. Christ glorified the Father by doing the Father’s work. Just the same, I am to glorify my husband (soon) by doing my husband’s work and submitting to his leadership. I was created FOR him. In doing this- I glorify God because I am obeying His word.
In the book Excellent Wife, Martha Peace gives 18 ways a wife may be the glory of her husband. I will give you a couple of my favorites 🙂
- Ask your husband, “What are your goals for the week?”
- Ask your husband, “How can I help you to accomplish these goals?”
- Ask your husband, “Is there anything that I can do differently that would make it easier for you?”
- Talk about him in a positive light to others. Do NOT slander him at all, even if what you are saying is true.
- Be organized with cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, and cooking. As you fulfill your God-given responsibilities, your husband is then free to do his work.
- Consider his work (job, goals, hobbies, work for the Lord) as more important than your own.
- Encourage him to use his spiritual gifts in ministry.
I LOVE learning about my future role as a wife & what my responsibilities are. God has a perfect plan and ultimately my goal is to glorify HIM in all that I do.
Yes- as amazing and awesome Dave is, he can not give me EVERYTHING.
He will not always satisfy, he will not always meet my expectations, he will let me down sometimes, and he will make mistakes. The same is true for me- I am not perfect and I WILL NEVER be perfect.
If Dave looked to me for his COMPLETE happiness, he would be miserable! Maybe this is why almost 50% of marriages end in divorce… People are looking to their spouse for something that they physically CAN NOT give them. This leads to all sorts of things we see in marriages today- anger, let downs, unsatisfied couples, bitterness, resentment, and depression.
Jesus satisfies my EVERY need. Jesus fills my heart and soul. I will never be let down by Jesus, because He is constant, never changing. Jesus loves me so much that he sacrificed His own LIFE to show his love for me. Everything in life is for His glory.
WOW. When I think about THAT kind of love- I am blown away. If Jesus satisfies everything I need, I don’t need to be PERFECT for Dave & Dave does not need to be perfect for me. JESUS lived the perfect life and we will not ever be able to.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19.
When we are filled up with this kind of LOVE we will be more free to love one another. We won’t be looking to each other for our day to day needs, but we will be POINTING each other to Jesus. Now, that’s real love.
He planted marriage among humans as yet another signpost pointing to his own eternal, spiritual existence. Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage.