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Fifty Shades of Right ~ Blessings of a Christ-Centered Relationship

Shades of a Rose

Shades of a Rose

Fifty Shades of Right ~ Blessings of a Christ-Centered Relationship

1.   The unending spark of clutching; still holding hands when hair turns grey
2.   The warm embers of gazing, into eyes that will never stray

3.   The deep assurance of trusting; constant companion who won’t walk away
4.   The pure delight of melting, into loving arms of one who will stay
5.   The close connection of bowing; hearts intertwined together to pray

6.   The simple joys of sharing; close dialogue between just two
7.   The gentle touch of remembrance; thoughtful gestures designed for you
8.   The constant heartbeat of commitment; soft whispers of remaining true
9.   The blessed hope of forever; an eternal love that remains new
10. The blissful benefits of matrimony; solid vows, before God we say I do

Bright rose with shading 111.  The fulfilling sense of acceptance, no matter the flaws or pain
12.  The contented feeling of belonging; lonely times need not remain
13.  The wondrous blessing of covenant; helpmates throughout wind or rain
14.  The beautiful secret of romance; passion that grows past the mundane
15.  The special bonus of devotion: despite hard times, God’s promises sustain

16.  The amazing mystery of completeness; still unique, yet one instead
17.  The splendid journey of growing; more in love now, from whence we wed
18.  The exciting path of discovery; new insights, like pages unread
19.  The truest gift of pleasure; man and wife in bodily pledge
20.  The highest place of intimacy; God’s design for a marriage bed.

Bright rose with shading 221.  The sweet refrain of harmony; watching as all problems dissolve
22.  The happy sound of peace; squelching any strife that may evolve
23.  The solid fortress of purpose; staying the course with sure resolve
24.  The selfless act of giving; finding the world, around you does not revolve
25.  The surprising power of humility; love is best, when to Christ we yield it all

26.  The genuine attention of consideration; carefully pondering what makes one smile
27.  The right understanding of importance; wisely avoiding what might hurt or defile
28.  The pleasing pursuit of give and take; eager willingness to go the extra mile
29.  The determined display of faithfulness; remaining strong through the other one’s trial
30.  The purest display of relationship: equally submitting, with Christ first all the while

Bright rose with shading 331.  The reassuring rest of security; someone else to cling to when you fall
32.  The calming effect of protection; where safety’s concerned, never drops the ball
33.  The dependable help of reliability; when problems arise, you need only call
34.  The restorative place of encouragement; when life pushes down, you’re made tall
35.  The sure rewards of faith; when facing life’s trials, God’s promises we recall

36.  The comforting face of familiarity; knowing each other through and through
37.  The watchful eye of perception; always alert if another feels bruised
38.  The artful depth of insight; knowing all the ins and outs of pleasing you
39.  The tender moment of realization: in your eyes, seeing part of me, too
40.  The joyous awareness of destiny: meant to be together, before Creation God knew

Bright rose with shading 541.  The priceless value of respect; balanced consideration for what matters most
42.  The supreme height of yielding; preferring the other becomes our boast
43.  The careful boundaries of sensitivity; certain things, to the world we will not post
44.  The mutual maintaining of modesty; private splendors, to others don’t disclose
45.  The exemplary model of dignity; made in God’s image, our highest for His utmost

46.  The unending satisfaction of longevity; to give up, we would not dare
47.  The enormous delights of monogamy; temporal thrills pale, by compare
48.  The treasured bonding of unity; the closer we get, the more deeply we care
49.  The decided attainment of oneness; how it happens, neither of us is aware
50.  The matchless glimpse of perfection; Christ our example, His sacrificial love we share

Blessings of Right

Blessings of Right

For the fifty examples above, I gleaned from lessons and experiences of my wonderful, Christ-centered marriage, soon approaching thirty years strong. The rose photos, with shaded progression, show how a relationship with God at the helm grows ever richer in vibrancy and satisfaction, as compared to becoming empty and stagnant in shallow shades of grey.
They depict the blessings of a relationship done right, God’s way.

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“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
Ephesians 5:31

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Packaged ~ God’s Blessings Await

Packaged

Packaged

God has packaged blessings for us.
Each one meticulously crafted.
The markings of His favor etched all over them;
His love, folded into every detail.

Opening

Opening

Like a beautiful iris tucked neatly inside its bud,
Every aspect of the things God has planned for us
Await their revealing.
Thoroughly readied for us,
Anticipating our discovery.

Revealed

Revealed 

It is easy to grow weary or doubtful, when all we see are the frayed edges of our promises.  While we wait, we cannot see what lies ahead and do not know all that God has planned.

Yet He whispers.  ‘Hold on, my beloved.
Don’t give up believing for the good things coming your way.’

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 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him”
1 Corinthians 2:9

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*In a previous post last year, I wrote about how my neighbor’s irises were lovely, while my beds had scanty blooms. See Brenda’s Irises.
Right after my neck surgery this year, though, God surprised me with a magnificent showing of my irises.  It was a very sweet blessing! 

God has so much in store and loves us more than we will ever know.
Let’s hold on like never before!

 

Benjamin's iris bud 2**BTW.  I continue to improve, but still struggle with excessive time on computers; hence, my infrequent posts.  I appreciate your prayers.  I do have much on my heart to share, and miss my photos and blogging.

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Blessings Like Rain ~ Farewell Until I Mend

A cluster of raindrops on one of my iris leaves ~ it almost forms the shape of a treble clef

A cluster of raindrops on one of my iris leaves ~ it almost forms the shape of a treble clef

Thanks very much for the outpouring of well wishes after yesterday’s announcement about my surgery.  My recovery will require that I stay off computers for about two months, but since I want this to work, I will fully comply with doctor’s orders!

This last post, before I temporarily retire from blogging, is for you.  Until we meet up again in Blog-Land, receive this simple blessing of farewell and the special photo above just for you.

Blessings Like Rain

May God’s blessings pour like rain
On everything you do
May God’s melodies sustain
In all life puts you through

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“For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God”
Hebrews 6:7

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*I will miss ‘you all’ very much.  Thanks for your friendship, encouragement and prayers.

Farewell until I mend!

Blessings, always

Sue

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*I will continue to read your posts and respond to comments through the weekend only, but as I stated yesterday, will have much time while I am off to pray for any of your needs.

Poem and photo by Sue Nash/ © 2014

 

Quietly Waiting for the Salvation of the Lord

Fence with rain“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not Thy law.”
Ps 119:136

To start the New Year, our pastor called us to a fast.  The emphasis is on revival.

My heart cries for our nation and the darkness that has increasingly ensued.  My soul weeps for the hardened hearts of lost loved ones.  They need revival.

However, God has reminded me during the fast that I need revival, too.  Rather than focus only on the desperate condition of others, He asks that I remember from whence I came.  Apart from Christ’s shed blood for me, I am a wretched sinner. 

God also wants me to remember that He is no respecter of persons.  What He has done for one, He’ll surely do for another.  Doing so brings me renewed hope for my nation and those I love.  Because of Him, I will keep on crying out for revival in my life and others.  I will press on in believing that God is able.

I will both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of The Lord.

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Lamentations 3:22-26

Sue Nash/2014

 

This Too Shall Pass ~ Enduring the Cold

A snowy scene from Colorado

A snowy scene from Colorado

I have finally returned to my blogging after the holidays.  Some of you may have thought that I got lost in a blizzard or something.  I did not get lost, but was just incredibly busy from traveling and recuperating.  Travel is never easy on my spine.

We spent Christmas with our family in Colorado this year.  I took this photo the morning we left.  Although the mountains always have snow this time of year, the Denver area was fairly dry.  Since I didn’t make it up to the hills for a ski trek with my husband and son, this was the most snow that I saw.

Even though scanty, I got excited about the snow, which fascinated some of our family out there.  I lived in Colorado for several years, so it is not as if I have never seen it before.  However, now that I live down South, I rarely get to make snow angels.

I miss the glittering beauty and hushed serenity of snow.  What I don’t miss, though, is the cold.

I realize that compared to much of the nation, I have no reason to complain about the cold.  For those of you up North, with temps below zero, I extend my sincere sympathies and prayers that you stay warm.

We are going to get our fair share of the cold this week in Mississippi.  Time for hot tea and layers of warm clothes.  And for remembering that this too shall pass!

“From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds of the north.”
Job 37:9
NKJV

Blessings as you try to stay warm.
Sue
*P.S. No promises on how often I will blog, since I still can’t seem to snap out of the post-holiday fog, but at least I am back!  And I look forward to reading your posts again.