Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

50 Shades of GREAT

posted by Mark and Jill

I no longer call you slaves… John 15:15

Sex is God’s idea, and everything He created is good. We recognize the Bible as the authoritative manual for life, including sex. In this Manual, which is the Source of our existence, we find that there are boundaries around sex. These boundaries, like a safety rail, ensure that sex will be all God has designed it to be – abundant and joyful. Our ’96 Chrysler is still running strong. Why? Because we follow the directives in the manual. Same with our  marriage of ’83. We’ve taken some bumps and bruises along the way, but God’s grace has been enough, and here we are, still cruising strong and having a great time.

A few years before the widely popular book Fifty Shades of Grey tantalized the eyes and imaginations of men and women throughout the world, a study, titled “The National Survey on Christian Female Sexuality,” found that Evangelical Christian women have better and more frequent sex than American women in general.

Believers don’t take sex advice from best sellers nor from the media in general. We take our cues from our God who created sex in the first place (a trusting yet risky gift, as He knew how prone we would be to muck it up). And when we live by the Book, life is better, and sex is best.

My Father,

I want to honor You, myself, and my spouse by following the Manual you have given me. I have repented of every sexual sin I have committed that has drawn me away from the light of your love – True Love. Thank you that my sin has been removed from me “as far as the east is from the west.” And, Lord, teach us in our marriage to live in Your light. To enjoy the gift of intimacy that you saw fit to give humanity. We thank you and embrace this gift. You are good, and every good and perfect gift comes from you!

Amen!

*http://blog.getrelationshiphelp.com/2009/07/christian-women-have-more-sexual-fun.html

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Jumping into the Stream of God’s Love

posted by Mark and Jill

“We love each other because he loved us first.” 1 John 4:19

Stop whatever you are doing right now and jump into the stream of God’s love. It is a river of giving and receiving love that never ends. Love is first and foremost among the amazing virtues of the Holy Spirit. It leads to real JOY and to PEACE. These are things that world can only give in cheap counterfeit.

You can jump into the flow of God’s love exactly where you are right now. You don’t have to better yourself first. You cannot anyway without his help. If you are bumbling in your efforts to give love, then receive it from God in faith. If you are unable to receive love, then give it away to someone as an act of your will. By doing so, you will get into the flow of learning to love. It is a river of giving and receiving that yields great purpose and joy in life.

This month we are honing in on praying for marriages. If your love has stalled in your marriage, try jump starting it with this prayer:

My Father,

I can’t seem to love like you have asked me to love. Please grant me a greater capacity to love by infusing my spirit with the knowledge of your great love for me – unconditional, free, and never ending. May I experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.* I’ll make that my starting place. I receive your love as I receive anything from you – with my faith. I believe that you exist and that you reward those who diligently seek you.** I am seeking you, and I receive your reward – your amazing love for me, your child.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

*Ephesians 3:19

**Hebrews 11:6

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Romancing the Zone

posted by Mark and Jill

Take me away with you—let us hurry!
    Let the king bring me into his chambers. ~ Song of Songs 1:4

All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
from palaces adorned with ivory... ~ Psalm 45:8

This month we are praying about romance in marriage, a subject near and dear to God’s heart. He created romance and sex, and everything He created He affirmed as GOOD! As we approach Valentine’s Day, let’s pray that God would prepare our hearts in practical ways; what could be more practical than enhancing the space that we inhabit as married couples:  the bedroom. When God created the world, He took great care and went into minute detail in His beautiful design. Let’s ask God for inspiration to know how we can enhance the practical context of our relationship by improving the space He has given us – cleaning out the clutter, sprucing up the decor, and creating an ambiance of romance to His glory and our delight.

Our Father,

Your Word says that you care about the details of our lives. You are the Great Designer, please redesign our hearts, our marriage, and even the space we live in to reflect your beauty, your order, and your joy.

In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Psalm 37:23

We’ve designed a process called a Marriage Intensive that specifically focuses on renewing your vision and returning you to joy in your purpose and life together. The first step you can take is to simply learn more. This might just change your life. Click here:

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Let’s Make Love Love Again

posted by Mark and Jill

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
    for your love is more delightful than wine.  ~Song of Songs 1:2

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You have forsaken the love you had at first.  Revelation 2:4

If we are going to be doers of the Word, and not just hearers only, then we had better pucker up! “Greet one another with a holy kiss” is found four times in Scripture. (Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:26) Remember when kissing was a little too much fun? Before you gleefully walked down the aisle perhaps? Let’s put the romance back into our marriages! Let’s heed King Solomon’s wisdom – let’s kiss again.

This month we are praying for romance in our marriages. May the sparks fly! And let the fun begin!

Our Father,

You made marriage a parable of your love for your Church. That in itself places such a very high value on our vows. Oh, Lord, we desire to make our marriage all You have created marriage to be – joyful, full of hope, encouragement, and, of course, forgiveness and grace! So let it be. You must transform our minds to be like Yours. You must teach us the values of the Kingdom. We must understand Your sermon on the mount and all your teachings on love which always looks out for the other, not for self. So we lift our hands and receive your Holy Spirit to teach us all these principles that are created to set us free! We receive all you want to give us. Restore and renew our love, and teach us to love each other as we did at first. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen! And let it be so! And a hearty, YES!

We’ve designed a process called a Marriage Intensive that specifically focuses on renewing your vision and returning you to joy in your purpose and life together. The first step you can take is to simply learn more. This might just change your life. Click here:

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