Marriage

Mary, the Wife of Joseph

A few years ago my husband came to me with a job offer in another city.  It was his dream job, the one he planned to keep until retirement.  It would take us to a city we had lived in once before, but it wasn’t home. We lived in our hometown, just a few minutes away from both mothers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles.  We had an incredible support system of friends and family.  But, he [Read more...]

The Curse

When we last visited Eve, she had just prepared a meal of forbidden fruit for her husband.  She and Adam were hiding from God, ashamed of their sin.  It was the first sin, the curse that follows us all.  God responds to Eve’s prideful behavior with a consequence that will make pride a stumbling block for her and every Eve to follow. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule [Read more...]

Portrait of a Godly Wife: The First Wife (Part 2)

Every good painting has shadows.  Every good story has an antagonist.  Every good marriage has conflict.  Every good person has pride. Eve was created by God to be Adam’s ezer, his helper.  In her second scene, she is in the garden talking with the snake.  He is trying to convince her that what God has said is not exactly true. Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree [Read more...]

Portrait of a Godly Wife: The First Wife (Part 1)

I will make a helper suitable for him.  Genesis 2:28 Since the beginning of the human race, women have been wives.  It is a role we look forward to from the time we can put our mama’s white slip over our head, hold a handful of yellow dandelions, and march toward our waiting (imaginary) groom.  I have vivid memories of playing wife on the back porch with a neighbor husband.  I swept, [Read more...]