It has been a thrill, an honor, and a joy for Pastor and me to be able to teach the Two Committed Couples class every Sunday morning. We certainly enjoy the time we have with these young couples. It is always a time of fellowship, fun, and a time of instruction from God’s Word.
Recently, we gave these thoughts on marriage and the home:
Not every day is a holiday and not every meal is a banquet. Not every event is an extravaganza.
Stop living in the past. God can “turn the scars into stars.“ Don’t mess up every new day with “yesterday.”
Wisdom makes the decision today that it will be comfortable with tomorrow. Emotion does what feels good today and takes no thought of tomorrow. When tomorrow arrives, the wise enjoy it in peace and security but the foolish end up in discouragement and depression.
Make a science out of understanding your mate. Learn to take pressure off of one another rather than putting pressure on one another.
All couples go through experiences. We can learn the following from these difficult times in our lives:
- There is strength in weakness. (II Corinthians 12:10) “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distress, for Christ sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
- There is wealth in poverty. (Luke 6:20) “And he lifted up His eyes on his disciples and said; blessed be ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”
- There is peace in the midst of the storm. (Philippians 4;7) “…and the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
- There is greatness in servanthood. (Matthew 20:26) “But it shall not be so among you: but, whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister (servant). There isn’t any greatness in selfishness. Serve one another.”
- There is supernatural comfort in the midst of tragedy. (II Corinthians 4; 8 & 9 ) “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; We are perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed.”
Our missionary to Mexico, Dr. Tommy Ashcraft, in a sermon he preached at North Valley, had this to say about needs and experiences we have in our lives:
“We all have needs.
I can supply some of my needs myself.
Some of my needs can be provided by others
We all know someone whose needs we could provide.
We all have at least ONE need that only God can provide.
We all have at least ONE situation that only God can solve.
We all live with heartbreaks with which God alone can help.
No Christian ever becomes all that he can be until he has a problem that he can share with God alone. You NEED to have something that you can take to no one but God.
You need a burden that you can only share with God. It’s as necessary to your spiritual welfare as rain, and the sunshine are to life.
Every one of us is HELPLESS in some area of life, and every one of us is a SPECIALIST in some area of life.
Happy people are not takers….. Happy people are GIVERS.”
Home is where one gets their start in life. Let’s strive to make our marriages and our homes more like Christ every day.
If you do not have a regular Sunday School Class, we would love to have you join us in the Two Committed Couples Class every Sunday morning at 10:00 sharp!
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Born into a pastor’s home in Rockford, Illinois, Cindie (Swanson) Trieber has been in or around the Gospel ministry her entire life. She was married to Jack Trieber in 1972. For over 45 years of ministry, Mrs. Trieber has served in almost every capacity imaginable. Currently, the Triebers have three children and thirteen grandchildren.