Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Papercut Giveaway!!!... (see below)

In honor of my and my husband's 10th wedding anniversary which is coming up in a few days, and because I have reached my 100th post on this blog, I thought I would host another papercut giveaway. What do you say? Are you up for it?

I would like you to answer this question, as a way to comment and possibly encourage others as well...

"Which verse, quote, or saying has inspired you in your marriage? And why has it touched you?"

For me, there are SO many, but I cannot let go of the idea that we are to "encourage one another daily". I know that I often think of it for my friends, my family members, my kids, but... I have a clearer understanding that it especially applies to my husband.

And, in those moments, which have been many, when I have not known HOW to encourage Him, I have gone and prayed to our Maker and Best Friend, Jesus, imploring Him to give me ideas since He knows and loves my hubby even better than I do. You see, He knows each of us down to the very cores of our beings, the things we think, feel, hear, see, breath. He loves each of us intentionally and intensely. I cannot be that to anyone without His help. For His is a pure, true, and holy love. So, when I ask Him into my marriage, my days, our joys and challenges, it gives us, as a couple, and our family, the opportunity to see God do amazing things, with love, and according to His perfect plan for each and every one of us.

I desire to trust in, cling to, rely on, believe in and live for Jesus with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Yes, there are moments when we, I, are weak, tired, discouraged, frustrated, but that does not change the fact that God is still there, wanting to be a part of our days, our lives, and each moment.

Lord, take my marriage, my family. I dedicate it to you once again. Make "beauty from our ashes" and bring to completion the work that You have begun in us. Thank you for loving each of us so much. Help me, my family and friends, and each reader to feel Your presence and be drawn into the sweetness of your rest, comfort, joy, and peace. Amen.

The verse in 1 Corinthians that says "(Love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things...!" has also had great impact on me.

To enter the giveaway:

1) For one entry, leave a comment on this post answering the above questions (INCLUDE YOUR NAME SO I KNOW WHO IS LEAVING THE COMMENT ALONG WITH A WAY TO CONTACT YOU).

2) To leave a second comment for a second chance to win, link me on your blog and come back here with the info on where I can find where you did so. (leave a separate comment from #1's comment) AND (INCLUDE YOUR NAME SO I KNOW WHO IS LEAVING THE COMMENT ALONG WITH A WAY TO CONTACT YOU)

The giveaway will be open until September 17, and I will inform you of the winner on the 18th.

18 comments:

Jingle said...

"I love you...and that's the most important thing."

This comes out a lot in our house. It's important. No matter what life throws at you, these words remain true at all times. It's a good thing!

Elvaif said...

The Lord reminded me that we are to be our husband's cheerleader... so, in fun, I have been making up silly cheers for when I see my husband a little discouraged. It makes him laugh and we get silly for a moment. :) Love you cousin!
Nena

That's my entry! :)

Made To Be Unique said...

Hey there Celita! Got to make this one quick... but I'll share a verse that has really kept me in line in our marriage, lol...

James 4:17 To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

This has always pricked my heart to always do my best in big and small ways.. even picking up toys out of the bathtub before Caine uses the shower, out of kindness so that Caine would not have to... I know.. it's stupid, but little things like that... If I know it is good to do something, then I need to do it, otherwise, I would be in sin.

I am accountable for what I know I should do. period... big and small things. I want to be a blessing to my husband, and obedient to God, and if there's something I don't really want to do at that time... Those little and big things, make all the difference. So.... again, if I know to do good... then, that's what I should do. period.

Made To Be Unique said...

PS!!! CONGRATS ON YOUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D!!!

Nathalie Thompson said...

Encouragement IS a very good one! I don't encourage my husband enough, as much as he NEEDS.

The scripture that has been speaking to me lately, and not just in marriage, but with all of my relationships is Eph. 4:31- Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has forgiven you.

I think too many marriages, and relationships fail quickly because one or both parties are too quick to anger and too slow (or never!) forgive.

Lynda said...

I would have to say "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." Matthew 19:4-6

I love this verse because it says to me that a marriage can not work when its two people alone working but only when the two people join and work together to make the marriage survive. :)

MoziEsmé said...

I would love to win another of your papercuts! Here's a quote for you:

"Love is much in winning yet is more in losing."

I find two meanings in this. First, love is found more in losing ourselves for the sake of the other than in winning the other.

Second, when love is lost, invisible, at its darkest point, when there seems nothing left to love and both are emotionally bankrupt, when it seems crazy to think you can go on together, hang in there. If you stick it out and make it through, you will look back and see this was love's finest hour, the moment when love shone the brightest.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I have been married for almost 43 years. We have raised three children together and experienced both want and plenty; inexpressible joy and deep heartbreak; closeness to each other and distance. A very hard but freeing lesson for me has been to heed the scriptural instruction, "in everything give thanks." The tough times result in perseverance, the good times produce joy and gratefulness for our commitment. We have both invested ourselves fully in this marriage, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I thank God for a faithful husband -- for his deep love for me, his humility, his perseverance and his desire to please God with his life. He is a gentle, kind, generous man who is a gift from God.

Learning to give thanks in everything has taught me contentment and enabled me to experience peace that does not depend on circumstances -- "peace that passes understanding."

Ruth Clow

emily said...

Hello!

What a great idea, lots to celebrate and a cut out to win! Well I'm curently in the planning stages of my wedding! Getting marriend June 2010, so wouldn't be able to give a passage as yet as lots still to learn. But i am looking for advice of good verses to use in our wedding ceremony. so look forward to what arrives here.

All the best

emily hogarth

www,emilyhogarth.com

emily said...

oh i changed my mind, i think this quote suits us perfectly:

"Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is..... Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident."
- Captain Corelli's Mandolin

perilloparodies said...

This is SO fun... thanks to each of you for your well wishes.

Congrats, Emily!!! I am excited for you, and I love your quote. Powerful movie.

Nena, I am feeling the same way about being a cheerleader. I try to do the funny stuff to brighten up his day, but... sometimes it is not suitable to his moods. timing, it is everything. :-)

totally got your meaning, Crystal. Great verse to chew on some more.

Mozie, How true!!!

Ruth, you speak my heart. thank you. love ya and miss ya!

Jingle, Nathalie and Lynda, thank you so much for participating... your words are so true and pertain to my life as well.

Iowa Sunshine said...

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

This is so true! Thanks for the giveaway! I love your blog! HUGS, Judy

nancy said...

1 Peter 3:1 says
Likewise, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
This verse has encouraged me and kept me strong through many a hard time, as my husband did not become a Christian when I did, and it took him a very long time to be truly born again.
I learned to pray for him, "calling things that were not as though they were", living out my own Christian life in his sight, and always treating him as though he were the man I knew he was becoming.
And when he did become that man, I was already trained to lift him up and treat him as I should. His transformation has been so dramatic, I wouldn't have missed it for anything. And now he is a rock!
During the years that I struggled, I asked God what was going on...(don't remember the question I asked exactly, but it was probably something like, "Help! What's going on her???"
The answer came like a voice in my spirit: "I'm using you to shape him."
Praise God.
Celita, Thank you for the opportunity to share this.
Love,
Nancy

Artyfax said...

"It is not marriage that fails; it is people that fail." - Fosdick, Harry Emerson

I believe that after just celebrating our 40th anniversary, I can speak with some authority. There have been good times, not so good times and to be truthful a frew bad times; but together we have worked at making our marriage successful.

John

Snippety Gibbet said...

I'm not married but I think that this one would be so important: James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

FUNTASTICCARDS said...

Hi Celita--Congrats on your 10th Anniversary--may you have 100 more--I will be married 39 years on Sept. 19th--39 wonderful, happy years. We have had our ups and downs but our love and perserverance has always seen us through. There is a small poem that speaks alot about our relationship and happy marraige and I would love to share it with you.
"May you always be warmed by eachother's smile,
Always take time to walk and talk a while,
Always know deep down you're eachother's best friend, And enjoy the kind of love that grows and knows no end."
By being a friend, a lover and a partner and with the help of GOD, love becomes everlasting.
Again congrats on your anniversary.
Warmest wishes---BERNIE

Margreet said...

Hello I'm a bit late with my comments.
I like to follow you via your cuttings on Flickr.
Such a nice "far away" friendship.
Smiles Margreet.

perilloparodies said...

Oh! Now you have done it. You all are some of the coolest friends a person can have without ever meeting them.

You have brought me to tears of blessings by your sweet words of encouragement, honesty, praise to God, and the way you have allowed your hearts to be open to the challenges of marriage because you have known that marriage is worth fighting for. I am so blessed to have you in my lives. In an age where marriage is often slighted, taken for granted, or thought unnecessary, I am honored to stand with you.

For those of you whom have written and are not married or not YET married... May God, more than anything, fill your hearts with love for HIM. May He fill you with His presence, and envelope you in His care so that you know that all things are found in Him.

One thing I have found, married, single, divorced, dating, widowed... no matter what stage of life we are in. We NEED Jesus. Marriage has had some of the loneliest moments of my life in it. I would have doubted the very concept of that before I got married, but it has been true for me. I have learned that the only One who can fill the voids of my life, who knows every detail of everything and loves me anyway, who can help me in all situations, even those noone else or I can, IS JESUS. He is real, He wants to touch our lives, and He loves each and every one of us.

Will you give Him a chance to live in your life? Just ask Him in, and He will. I promise it is the most challenging, but most wonderful thing I have every done. Life is not perfect just because He comes to be a part of life, but, I know I am never alone, and that often gives me "strength for today and hope for tomorrow." He does fill me with joy unspeakable, peace that passes understanding, amazing hope, and so many other blessings. He asks that I, we, "Trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths."

Wonderful Jesus! Thank you!

If you are considering this, please let me know so I can pray with and for you. Have a great day that "the Lord has made." :-)