Marriage Quotes & Reflections

“Love is a commitment that will be tested in the most vulnerable areas of spirituality, 
a commitment that will force you to make some very difficult choices. 

It is a commitment that demands that you deal with your lust, your greed, your pride, 
your power, your desire to control, your temper, your patience, 
and every area of temptation that the Bible clearly talks about. 

It demands the quality of commitment that Jesus demonstrates in His relationship to us.” 

- Ravi Zacharias 
I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

Treasures from the playground Bubbles brought home. Their natural prettiness lifted my spirits.

It has been a frazzled few weeks for us. Bubbles' food allergies and phobias. Bun not sleeping. Food poisoning. Quarrels. Kids getting sick. Tiredness. Birthday planning. Stuff breaking down in the home.

This week, Roboman and I were scheduled to write the prayer page for our church's bulletin. We do this once a month as a joint service, and would you know, the act of writing these pages has held us both in check.

Poignantly, without prior discussion, each of us focused on the topic of love. 

Yes, Love.

In my younger days I used to sing Love Changes Everything, one of my favourite songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with heart-fluttering romantic images in my head. 

Love, love changes everything
Hands and faces, earth and sky
Love, can make the world go round
and a day seem like a lifetime
Love, love changes everything
Pain is deeper than before
Love will turn your world around
And that world will last forever.

Today, when I re-read the lyrics, I still find them so true, but the truth I know today is so different from how I thought love was all those years ago. Look at the lyrics and tell me if you too can see how declarations like "a day seem like a lifetime" and "that world will last forever", can mean very different things depending on where you are in your relationship with your partner!

The quotation at the top of this post, by Ravi Zacharias, really speaks to me.

Love is indeed a commitment. A commitment that comes with demands and testing. As I seek to continually love, I am consciously reminding myself of my commitment, and am reminded of God's love for me, despite me. 

Is this also love to you?


Anonymous said...

Love doesn't require us to spend anything but cost everything to us, just like how Jesus paid His everything for us. Love is simple but take a lifetime for us to learn and maybe never to fully understand so the best way to enjoy it is to smile and fill our hearts with gratitude that we get to experience the joy and lessons it gives us :)

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Thanks for leaving such an encouraging comment. We love because God first loved us, and it is so important to always have gratitude for that!

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