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A Father’s Marriage Blessing

May you both know the security of being fully known, fully accepted and fully loved.
May you discover the richness of commitment. By saying “Yes” to each other you have said “No” to so many other things.
May you focus on what you do have now and not on what you’ve let go of. Search out the hidden treasure buried deep within your promises to each other.
May you discover the difference between finding happiness in your spouse and walking out a joy-filled life together.
May you be able to say in the end that marriage made you each a better person.
And may you find your true identity not in each other but in your heavenly Father’s claim on you as His children. Neither of you are your own.
May you live out your lives and your marriage for something greater than yourselves, knowing that true joy can come only as you look beyond your own needs and concerns and live for Jesus.
May God show you that He is always with you.
AMEN

Written by Jeff Herringshaw (used with permission)

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Come out to see King Solomon, young women of Jerusalem. He wears the crown his mother gave him on his wedding day, his most joyous day. (Song of Songs 3:11)

Our son is getting married this week. We will set aside some time to pray for the couple, the families, and all the many details that need to come together to make this their most joyous day.

Father,

As we prepare for this wedding, we ask that You would be our most honored guest. When Jesus attended his friends’ wedding in Cana, he demonstrated both his power and his attention to detail by supplying what was lacking. Father, please see to it that any details we might be neglecting or any unforeseen challenges or issues be covered by your mighty power and great care. We rejoice in this celebration to come. We pray for protection over each traveler. And we pray for loving interactions between each of us, even when we feel the stresses that undoubtedly come with an event like this. More than anything, we ask for the Holy Spirit’s presence! Marriage was Your idea, Lord, and a beautiful wedding is a wonderful way to begin a brilliant marriage.

Amen

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You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said. (Luke 1:45)

Father,

I believe. Help me in my unbelief. I not only desire but desperately need the blessings that accompany the faithful of heart, those who trust in your promises without doubting, sons and daughters who know who they are because they know to whom they belong. Thank you that I belong to You.

Amen

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“May everything you have said about me come true.” (Luke 1:38)

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Yes” ascends to God for his glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Our one year old Golden Retriever is learning obedience. Sweet Rhema is ignorant of the perils posed by vehicles traveling at 60 MPH outside the grove of fir trees in our yard. She has wandered that direction coming closer to danger than we feel comfortable. Our breeder has given us some tools for training that little by little have turned Rhema into an obedient dog who comes almost instantly when we call her. Through this we are learning the joys of being in authority over an obedient pup, giving us a small glimpse of the glory God must feel when we simply obey what He tells us to do.

A young girl named Mary was called by God to do the impossible – to receive a miracle through which the world would be changed forever. She said yes. By the grace of God, it’s possible for us to follow her lead.

Father,

Give me a heart like the Mary’s, willing to agree with Your Word, Your promises, and Your intent for my life. With Mary there was no negotiating, no hemming or hawing, no 24 hours to think about it, no keeping her options open. You simply spoke, and she unhesitatingly responded with a Yes.

You have an intent for me. That purpose will have its challenges, its high points and low points, its joys and sorrows, but Your plan is far and above the best plan for my short life. May my soul be transformed into one that instantly obeys you, comes when You call, follows your lead, and believes Your Word even when I can’t fully comprehend it, for Your Word is Truth.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

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