Marriage in Abundance

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This week’s review is dealing with Marriage, the way God intended it to be-Superabundant. I found this book to be quite interesting and fully detailed with figures, statistics, and etc. However, for me the reading was a bit overwhelming to say the least, but there are some trinkets hidden inside.

The author starts off the first chapter with a question: “Is it possible to be truly happily married?” The answers vary, of course to some, while others are still trying to answer the question truthfully. Many are confronted with this question at a time in their lives where it is living in an unpleasant state. As the author goes in further by sharing his own experience of him announcing his engagement to his fellow peers, their reaction was as cold as ice per say.  He was shocked nonetheless, that many of them are unhappy in their marriage.

So the next question might as well be: “What went wrong? Or Why?”  For some they are not quite sure or have a clue as to what went wrong. The next question should be: “When was God replace in your marriage?”  In Ecclesiastes4:12 “And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”  This scripture says it all, that if we want our marriage to survive, we need God in it.

For some marriages, it starts off real good, however later down the years something happens and the marriages stale and lifeless. The romance is gone and needs a lifeline; as the old song goes “The Thrill is gone”, but why?  The author uses a scientific approach in discussing marriage, God and Paradise. The author provide statistics on marriages and approximately 40% of all first marriages in the United States will end in divorce, 20% of first marriages end within 10 years,  and the second marriages percentage is even higher. This is why we shouldn’t look to statistic to define how long we will stay married. Let God be the coordinator and director, He will lead you to happiness.

The perfect union (Adam and Eve) was damaged by evil and now marriage is fighting to get back into that Paradise affect.  The author puts it this way, “The marriage vow requires bridegroom and bride to remain faithful to each other regardless of their personal circumstances relative to happiness, health, and wealth.”  The author did mention prayer in marriage and the importance of prayer.

My commentary: Marriage without God is bound to fail; there is no substance to hold it together. Starting your marriage with a firm foundation can withhold anything as long as God is in. Keep God first and everything else will fall into place. I am not telling you what I know but what I heard and experience through God. The Main Source for everything!

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I had the pleasure of reviewing this book titled: “The Sweet Side of Suffering”.  In reviewing this book the author share some of her most painful moments. In sharing her experience of suffering she bring out validate points in regards to finding that sweet spot while suffering.

The authors’ Introduction notes that “Suffering is a reality that demands our full attention.” While nobody wants to suffer, we’re all bound to experience some type of suffering at some point or another in our lives. The many highs and lows of emotions that suffering brings, make you even question your own purpose in life. However, God’s timing is always on time and He never miss the mark.  Galatians 3:4 says, “Have you suffered so much for nothing?” The writer puts the scripture this way, “Have you suffered so much without experiencing the sweet side?” Then she asked “why waste suffering?”

Suffering can bring into play unwanted attacks if you’re not careful into whose hands it’s in. Another question that is often asked, “Why God allows suffering?”  Suffering came as a result of the Fall of Man and everything on the earth will experience it unwillingly. However, the great thing about suffering is, we don’t have to waddle in it we have a great Shepherd that experienced every need that we went through. The song writer puts it best this way, “Must Jesus bear the cross alone and all the world go free.  No, there’s a cross for everyone, there is a cross for you and me.”

The author is aware that “often suffering catches us by surprise,” but it is by the power of prayer that will get you through the rough seasons. Therefore, we can meditate on Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  In Matthew 5:45 “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the just and on the unjust.” So you see no one is exempt from suffering, but we do have a place of refuge. The author details intricate steps that we can take to obtain the sweet side of suffering. She discusses hearing the voice of God and knowing God ; which is vital to obtaining the sweet side  of suffering.  “

When we are facing times of confusion in our suffering, when we are confused by God’s ways, our human nature often tends to withdraw from God.” The enemy delights in the abatement of our faith in God. The worse thing about this is, it displeases God when we heed the voice of the enemy and not His. We are reminded that we can always communicate with God. He wants us to come to Him, to talk to Him and fellowship with Him. In Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest [I will ease and relieve and refresh your soul] (AMP).”

Max Lucado quote: “A season of suffering is a small price to pay for a close view of God.”  In spite of the season of suffering, it’s important that you know the Master Creator. The author reminds us that even in biblical days, the chosen ones even dealt with peer pressure, bullying, backstabbers, murderers, embezzlement, conspiracy, and various issues that we deal with today.  Nonetheless, God is able to still keep you in all things and in all seasons.

The author talked about shared suffering, you’re not in it by yourself. 1 Peter 4:12-13 “Dear friends do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you, but  rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”  Suffering  makes us keenly aware that we need God  and there is no getting around this fact. The sweet side is “God will keep us in perfect peace when our minds is stayed or focused on Him (Isaiah 26:3).  Our hope and future relies on us pressing forward, regardless of the situation, we can and will overcome. We are VICTORIOUS!!!!

Yes, I recommend this book for those who are entering a storm, in a storm, or coming out of a storm. There is a sweet side to all the hardship we endure in life, the One to whom we can take rest in and renew strength.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Sweet-Side-Suffering-Recognizing/dp/1572937459