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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Joy (05/18/06)

By esther robinson


Judy got married recently. Together she and her husband Patrick like two sparrows started life building a nest in the lovely lowland far away from friends and relatives.

Even the rarest of diamonds are tested for color and clarity. So it is with the precious family life. Unbearable financial crunch struck them like Katrina and Rita. After two years, following heated arguments they parted. Two hearts once like the garden of Engedi* with the fountain of joy perpetually flowing now pulled apart like the Atacama desert drained of all the joy.

About two hundred thousands of people had gathered there. A God’s servant shared the following message.

What separates a husband and wife? Sin. What is sin? Sin comes from the world that is run by the devil. It is the pride of life, lust of the eyes and lust of the flesh. It is the pride of life that separates the bonding called husband and wife. In pride, the husband shouts at the wife and vice-versa. Sometimes the husband is gripped by the lust of the eyes that he goes behind other women hating his own wife. At times, it is the wife who lusts for more money, jewels and costumes thereby bringing financial problems home. She forces her husband into taking loan after loan throwing the family into a tight corner. Subsequently who suffers? It is the children.

If a man does not take care of his family then he denies his faith.

My dear Friend, it is dangerous for the husband and wife to have difference of opinion and fight with each other. It is sin. When sin reigns the heart, the third fruit of the spirit – joy bids goodbye. The husband and the wife should not have pride of life or lust of the eyes and bring separation in the family.

Today, if there is no peace in your family cry like the tax collector. Don’t blame your spouse or your children. Blame yourself then the Lord will show mercy. If your husband is a drunkard, don’t keep pinpointing, “you are a drunkard” instead you pray for him. A believing wife sanctifies the husband and vice-versa.

Your spouse may be a drunkard or your children are rebellious. Whatever be your plight, cry out today. “Lord! Forgive me.” God will pardon and grant you His mercy. The blessings of the Lord will come upon you and your family. God wants to bless you today. God removed the sin called separation. Whom God has united, man has no power to separate. Get back to God and He will heal you. Healing for you and your family. Jesus Christ is waiting for you.

Finally he offered prayers for all those who had gathered there.

Following this, he interviewed some of the people who had received miracles through the prayers offered.

A young couple along with their darling child came to the podium. Tears kept flowing like a stream from both their eyes. God’s servant politely spoke to them. “Why are you crying? What happened?” That man could not speak anything. Tears of joy choked his throat. The woman looked straight into his eyes. “Everyday my husband and I fought with each other over financial issues. Financial problems crushed us so much so that we finally separated. We lived a life of loneliness. In this context, our child suffered greatly. We did not know what to do. I came to this meeting hoping that God will help me. I never knew that my husband had also come for this meeting. Finally when you gave the altar call saying, ‘How many of you want this Jesus Christ in your heart? How many of you would like to be healed and freed from your sins?’ I came running forward. My husband had also come here from somewhere else. We met each other just in front of you before this podium. The divine love of God has been poured into our hearts and Jesus Christ has forgiven our sins. Right here, we both reconciled. The Lord Jesus Christ has united us back again as husband and wife.”

Judy and Patrick shed tears of joy hugging their son Jason even as they re-dedicated their marriage vow before God. One vital statement they both confirmed was this. “Jesus Christ has forgiven the sin of separating each other from the bond of husband and wife – the family.

Two hearts merged like a well-watered garden symbolizing inexpressible, unspeakable and unlimited joy.

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Rita Garcia05/26/06
A good picture of joy within a marriage.
Jessica Schmit05/27/06
Interesting. I must say i did disagree with the part of the wife and husband disagreeing. I think that's normal, but the part that is important is reconciling. Besides that it contained many important principles that can applied to everyday life.
Steve Uppendahl05/28/06
Interesting piece on marriage and family. I like your honesty and dedication.

I did have a slight problem with the sin paragraph. We all sin, whether we're married or not. If there is a lack of trust in each other, then there can be problems like you describe in your work.

Your feelings and emotion come through your work. Nicely done.