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Welcome to my blog: Today's Lady Virtue. This site is for women--wives, mothers, singles, widows, family, friends, etc.! My heart is to share loving encouragement coupled with timeless truths from God's Word, the Bible, to enlighten, uplift, and empower women of today. At Today's Lady Virtue we're about "Reclaiming Virtuous Womanhood today the Time-tested Way!" Here you will find a variety of posts from poems, to "Put into Practice" principles, to pictures and more! I invite you to voyage with me on the quest to become Today's Lady Virtue.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The ABC's of a FruitFULL V. FruitLESS Marriage

Six years ago yesterday, January 31st, 2010, Matt's sister married Lt. John B. Hayes.  I had the wonderful honor of standing up as Jenn's Matron of Honor.  With that position came the task of offering a toast to the Bride and Groom-to-be at the Rehearsal dinner.   After much thought and prayer the Holy Spirit pulled ideas together in my heart and mind and I wrote them down on paper.

The end result was called:  The ABC's of a FruitFULL V. FruitLESS Marriage. 

As commercial as Valentine's Day so often, chocolates, teddy bears, XOXO, I Love You cards, sweet-tarts...many people still get psyched up about it.  While many of us have "love" on the brain, I figure that I may as well spend the whole month talking about LOVE and such since it fits with the upcoming occasion.

Forgetting what humans dream up as love, it is my hope to look beyond what our flesh concocts and celebrate the beauty of oneness that God intended for marriage.  He gave the gift of marriage to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 1:26-31; 2:4-25), told them to be fruitful and multiply, and they even walked around naked!

After the fall of Adam and Eve, however, sin entered the world and life in the garden was no longer perfect.  Actually, God even removed Adam and Eve from Eden so they would not eat from the Tree of Life and have to live forever in their fallen state.  The good news is that God loved mankind so much that He did not leave us banished forever but worked out His loving and gracious redemptive plan to SAVE US.

We can trace God's hand and plan from that point forward and see how God has never ceased working out His good plan to SAVE US through Jesus Christ who said in John 14:6--"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one can get to the Father except through Me."

The bottom line here is two-fold:
1) God created marriage and has a BEAUTIFUL plan for it.
2) Due to our SIN nature, we have a CHOICE whether or not we follow God's BEAUTIFUL plan for our marriage. 

We will pick up tomorrow with our first letter: A.  I will close with the prelude I wrote to John and Jenn and the "A" words and definitions that we will look at tomorrow.  Challenge: Categorize the following words and their definition, assigning them to A) FruitFULL or B) FruitLESS
To the Bride and Groom, Jenni and John,
with much love from the Matron of Honor, Shannon

As a mother of two small children, things such as the ABC’s and 123’s are always on my mind.  So as not to deviate from the familiar, I have written the ABC’s of marriage…that is, the ABC’s of a fruitless marriage as well as those for a fruitful one.  As a young wife you will soon discover that it is a CHOICE that you will daily and even momentarily make to be a fruitful or fruitless wife.  My prayer for you, Jenni, is that the fruit basket of your home would always be full to overflowing and that sour grapes and rotten apples would never be present.
A is for ASSUMING   making judgments before gathering the facts
A is for ADORING     the extension of heartfelt expressions of mutual love, admiration, respect and value that one has for one’s spouse

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