Monday, November 12, 2007

Happy Memory Verse Monday

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"And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him....And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh". Genesis 2:18, 23-24 KJV.

Happy Memory Verse Monday! I hope you all are enjoying sharing thoughts about how God impresses certain scriptures on our hearts. And hearing how those scriptures come alive in our hearts, it is my hope that we all learn from each other how to live in a wider place because of the freedom we have through God's Word. Find out more about Memory Verse Monday, sponsored by Karen at Karen's Ramblings.


I know I have been strengthened as I meditate, focus and abide in the words we have looked at so far. This 3rd week I thought I would share something that is a constant theme in my heart, and God took it to a new level for me last year in November. Which is that Jerry & I are a team. 1 can put a 1,000 to flight, 2 - 10,000. There is a special role I play in helping Jerry be all he can be. That doesn't make me less, it makes me fulfilled and joyful. When I stray from my primary assignment (outside of focusing on Christ), there is less joy, less fulfilment, less peace. When I look back at how I have opened my heart and spirit to the Lord to direct my prayers of my husband, I can see beautiful fruit that has resulted...who better to pray for him than me? Not even his Mom, much as she loves him, has the opportunity I do to be led of God to pray for him in meaningful and powerful way. Just like we can't outgive God, so everything I give and yield to my husband comes back to me a hundred fold.

I desire and pray that my sons will have wives that will watch their backs the same way, and that my sons will love, provide for and cherish their wives in way that blesses them both and allows them to live in what I call a large place. You can live in a tent, and be in a large place. Because you might be in the tent....but, the tent doesn't have to be in you. Inside you should be a faith and vision for something greater and more powerful, as you work together in Christ, to increase the boundaries of your lives. So that you have a rich heritage, spiritually, emotionally, physically for your children and grandchildren.

Some interesting facts about the Hebrew meaning (according to Strong's Concordance) about some of the key words in the scripture are these:
  • Alone (God said it wasn't good for man to be alone) means to be separate, divided, like a limb from a body. I never knew that until today.
  • Bone, bones (Adams said she is bone of my bones) this means strength, power, and something like the essence of. Think about what Adam was saying and remember this is him in his glorious state. God did not correct him, this was what marriage is meant to be. We are in fact, an integral part of the other half. There is a strength in us as we are united and it seems to complete and make us whole. Because remember alone - was to be divided, apart.
  • Flesh - this means something astounding & to me humorous. It means fresh, rosy to proclaim or preach glad tidings or good news. Now why is this funny? Well, we joke around here about me being married to a caveman. This is NOT a term of disrespect. It is a reference to My honey's desire to be home with his family or do something fun together. He is a family oriented person. So we joke that he likes to be in the cave. He is also a man of few words, unless the mood strikes him otherswise. Years ago I couldn't escape the notion that in certain situations, I just knew he needed me to "represent" him so to speak in certain ways, in certain situations, relationships maybe he seemed to struggle with, and need a little assistance in. As I came to knowledge of Christ, it seemed much more clear...because we are Christ's ambassadors to the world. We represent Him, hopefully in a fragrant way! Since God thought enough of marriage to make it the sacred picture of the relationship between Christ and the Church. I guess I wasn't too far off.
  • Made - this word is not listed above, but I wanted to add it. It comes from when God made the woman from the rib. The meaning is to build or to obtain children. Does this mean everyone will have children? Apparently in this fallen world, no. But, in Christ there is another type of multiplication, Discipleship! Every generation increases, either to the good or the bad. It is part of the grand design, and we have free will to use that power to increase, to multiply for good or ill.

I have more thoughts on this and I will work on them this week, Good Lord willin' & the creek don't rise. I will post them at my Bible Study site. I hope this is a help to you, and I am happy to answer any questions, yes, even hard questions! feel free to e-mail me if you like.

P.S. Anyone who knows me personally can testify that we have a relationship that is quite equitable. I am very opinionated (gasp!) and independant. But, what has benefited me is to learn how to be interdependant, and even submitted (more gasps). I have lived both ways, I can tell stories of how much more strength and wide open space is in our lives through learning this. And he is just as supportive and watching my back as I am his, I assure you!

Be blessed!

34 comments:

Karolee said...

I finally signed up for the Memory Verse Monday!

Good post. As mothers we need to release our sons to the care of their wives and our daughters to the care of their husbands. I pray that the Lord directs them to their perfect mates.

Karen said...

So often we can get caught up in ministry outside of the home and neglect our marriage - I've seen that happen around me. I love my husband, spending time with him. He is a wonderful friend and support too. I hope that our son sees our affection and his covering and love over our family and passes that on when he meets his wife too :-)

Denise said...

Thank you for this, bless you.

freetofly said...

Good Morning!

Karolee,
Coolness! I am glad you signed up, I will pop over & check it out! I so agree with you! & He will!

Karen,
I LOVE your new profile pic! Too cute! Yes, it is wonderful that you realize your children will "catch" so much more from seeing the love you have for each other...that's a great thing!

Denise,

Thank you! Long time no talk to!

justabeachkat said...

Hi there!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Please come again...you're always welcome.

I see what you mean...we do visit some of the same friends here in the "land of blog".

I've enjoyed my visit here and will come again.

Hugs!
Kat

justabeachkat said...

Hi

I forgot to answer you...yes, we're meeting in Birmingham, Alabama this time. Wish you could join us. Last time it was in Pensacola...you never know where we'll pick next time.

Hugs!
Kat

Tiffany said...

Thank you for your visit and sweet comments! Please stop by any time! I enjoyed your post on marriage. I'm currently reading Created To Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl. I hope you have a blessed day!

freetofly said...

Beach Kat,

Hi! Thanks for stopping by! Ooooh, Pensacola! I have a sil there!

Ya'll have fun!

Tiffany!

Great to see you here! The book sounds good, let me know if you like it, I might pick one up...

Thanks for stopping by, Ya'll!

laters!
Maria

luvmy4sons said...

You gotta love marriage. The longer I am married the more beautiful I see the vision of what it is meant to be, though I fall so short so often. It is not good for man to be alone...thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am always encouraged by women who embrace the high calling of being a helpmeet. I highly recommend the book: Created to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl. It might challenge some but good stuff in there! Thanks for sharing your musings! Love ya!

Rachel said...

Absolutely beautiful!
thank you so much for sharing this.
I am truly blessed with my husband. He is my true match and helpmate.
God blessed me with him and our children. I can only hope and pray that my children are as blessed.

freetofly said...

Leslie,

You are the 2nd to mention that book, I'm going to have to order it... U2!

Rachel,

So glad you liked it! I know, that's such a big desire (for our children to find and make their own,) 'cause I really believe a big part of it IS making it, once you 'find' it!

Thanks to you both for your kind words!

laters
Maria

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