No Wegwets

Do you remember that old movie The Princess Bride?

The part where buttercup is about to marry Prince Humperdinck always sticks out to me. The clergyman says “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder…today…wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva, so tweasure your love” (yea that was extremely hard to type 🤣)

If you’re married or even if you are dating we all know those starry eyes we have for that guy. He literally makes our heart skip a beat when we see him. He does no wrong and you would do anything for him. Fast forward to 10 years of marriage, two or three kids, mortgage, car notes, hospital bills, soccer practice, dance… do I need to continue??

I think you get where I am going. We get so caught up in all “the things” that we easily forget to “tweasure” our love. I can’t help but compare this to our relationship with Christ. We accept Jesus into our hearts and we get on fire 🔥! We want to go tell everybody about our savior. The chain breaker that set you free.

Fast forward ten years and maybe hardship hits your house, tragedy, your parents divorced, a close family member passed away or you have medical issues that wear your down daily. I could go on and on. Something along the way caused you to pull away and doubt Gods ability to see you through, so you run. You find solace in worldly things. The song by Casting Crowns comes to mind “it’s a slow fade”.

I myself have been in both these places. In a marriage of almost ten years and I woke one day and thought, I miss my best friend. I ran from God for what seems like a lifetime and bringing a child into this world spun me back to my knees begging for grace and forgiveness. You know what you do when you miss your best friend… you drop everything and go see them. You make time to foster the relationship. The same goes with our relationship with Christ. We have to pray. We have to dive into scripture. We have to foster that relationship.

You may be asking yourself “how on earth do i do it all?” YOU alone can’t, but with Jesus it’s possible! I’m sure you are thinking

Emily…I need more than that.

Well praise the Lord we have the good ol’ trusty bible to guide us!
When I am searching for guidance I always seem to get pulled to Ephesians. Paul does such a great job laying out life lessons. To help you get started on the “How” I want you to read Ephesians 4:17-32

Some highlights for you

Don’t let the sun go down on your anger (isn’t that an old one but good one)

Let everything you say be good and helpful

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander.

verse 32 preaching “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you”.

Ya’ll the instruction is easy, but the execution is TOUGH. It is truly hard to be tenderhearted sometimes, but I promise if you take just one of these instructions and commit to living it out every day it will get easier.

Pick one of the things mentioned in that scripture that you struggle with and for seven days wake up daily and ask for help on perfecting that attribute. For example: if you struggle with using harsh words, ask God to help you be more aware of your language and to reduce the amount of times you speak harshly.

I’ll conclude with this: Jesus must be our answer. When we feel like the world is caving in, call His name. There is power in the name of Jesus and He is with us. If you don’t know what that feels like, please reach out.

If you haven’t seen the Princess bride go ahead and look it up and watch; you won’t “wegwet” it.

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