“There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you” (Deut 12:7)

We are on vacation, on a cruise ship, together with twelve other Christian couples. We are seeing new sights, eating new food, experiencing new things in different other cultures. The purpose of this trip is relaxation and excitement, as couples, in the presence of God. Some have already learned how to ‘enjoy’ life. Some others still struggle with fears of losing control or with guilt about spending money. They cannot fully enjoy this time.

Most people who work hard assume that if they have an opportunity to enjoy, they will easily enjoy themselves. But this is no true. You need a special ‘atmosphere’ to rejoice as a person or as a couple. The Bible commands us to have faith and to press on into the land of spiritual rest. Doubt in the promises of God closes the door to peace and joy. God is personally interested in leading you to Himself. He wants to enjoy you and your family in His presence. To work non stop without ever having a time of vacation, no matter how little, that is the curse of a slave. God forbid! Some assume that money is the source of enjoyment. This is a lie. Money has its usefulness but for a Christian, money is not the source of his happiness. God is!

This morning we are coming down from the ship to the island of Jamaica, the country of Bob Marley. My husband and I are excited to see it, the people and their culture. You may not come to Jamaica, but please take this from me: you and your spouse need some time alone to recharge the batteries of your marriage and to revive your souls.

Please search your hearts.. We are happily married for 42 years! Our youngest daughter and her husband are on this trip too. If you are angry with my joy and jealous against me, I am so sorry… That attitude will help no one. But if you rejoice with us, trusting God for the same for you, then may your prayers be answered and may your dreams come true!. This is my prayer for you: May your marriages be blessed! May your families rejoice in the presence of God! May God open a new door of marriage blessings in His presence! May God grant you a balanced life of hard work and exotic vacation! In Jesus name, amen!

“One Love! One Heart!
Let’s get together and feel all right.
Hear the children cryin’ (One Love!);
Hear the children cryin’ (One Heart!),
Sayin’: give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Sayin’: let’s get together and feel all right. Wo wo-wo wo-wo!”
(By Bob Marley)


(in the picture, my husband and I, with love from Ocho Rios, Jamaica)

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