“Hang my locket around your neck,
wear my ring on your finger.
Love is invincible facing danger and death.
Passion laughs at the terrors of hell.
The fire of love stops at nothing—
it sweeps everything before it.
Flood waters can’t drown love,
torrents of rain can’t put it out.
Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold—
it’s not to be found in the marketplace…” (SS 8:6-8; TM)

This season in my life is different than others. There are new feelings that I have to cope with. I am not busy but a very active person. I do my work in the house, in the kitchen and the ministry too. But now, my body and my mind has to adjust to the limitations of imposed bed rest. The most frustrating thing for me is to be forced to lie in bed and see my husband doing ‘my work’. Many people offered help with cooking and cleaning. But my husband and I decided to ask for very little help. We need to pass thru this fire together. He is a very busy man with the work of ministry. But he rose to the challenge to be a wonderful loving husband to me even in my infirmity. He cooks and brings the food here in the bedroom so that we can still eat together. I feel a little guilty for being so pampered… It is possible that I had underestimated his love for me… He is always surprising me in good and sweet ways…

On our wedding day 42 years ago, we made a vow, a covenant, that we shall love one another and stay faithful to one another in all situations of life. It means that our love must endure thru seasons of riches or poverty, thru sickness or health, youth time and mature age.

This fracture is a test for us as a couple. Love is tested now in the fire. I already see that the bond is become stronger. My broken foot is not only mine. It is his own too. I appreciate God for blessing me with such a wonderful husband who does not run away from trouble and who is even more caring in my hour of need.

This is our testimony as a married couple: The devil could only break my bone. He could not break our marriage or the unity of the Spirit created in the bond of peace. This fire will be a welding fire that will bring us closer to God and to one another, more than ever before! Now you know why we call the devil a loser! Now you understand our joy, our strength, our anointing for ministry and our boast in the Lord! True romantic love in marriage is like the wine. It gets better with age. Nothing can quench its fire! Nobody can steal its reward! The future is better than the past! ‘Lord, I believe…’

My children, be encouraged today!

(In the picture, our breakfast)

Lia 4

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